Same Book Twice?

United States
December 1, 2010 10:27pm CST
Do you guys ever read the same book twice (or even more than that?) So far the books I have read twice are: My Brother Sam is Dead Bad Men by John Connelly and currently reading Watchers by Dean Koontz for the second time, almost done! But I have more books saved in my "read again" pile, which include: Rose Madder by Stephen King Crazy for You by Jennifer Cruise The Poet by Michael Connelly Misery by Stephen King Contest by Matthew Reilly *If a book is good enough I will be able to enjoy it a second time around. What about you guys? Is one enough or are their some books you've read (or plan on reading) more than once?
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Dec 10
I have done this many times over the years, mainly as a child with my Enid Blyton books, but as an adult, the novels I have read more than once are The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. I have also read a few of my favourite biographies a few times, like one on Bon Scott, A Jim Morrison one and also a John Lennon one.
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• Australia
2 Dec 10
No One Gets Out Of Here Alive is an awesome book - I have that one & another on Jim Morrison's life by Linda Ashcroft - I plan on reading them more than twice!!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Dec 10
Yeah, that's the Jim Morrison one that I have. I also read another one by the Doors drummer, John Densmore that was really great. It was the true story from the inside!
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• Philippines
2 Dec 10
Hello there! I don't like reading the same book twice, though. It's different for me, when there are passages on the books that I really like, I jot them down and keep it. I tend to internalize the book and when I am reading it, my vivid imagination is at work therefore it kind of will bore me if I read it again. Cheers!
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• United States
2 Dec 10
Oh I have a big imagination too, and there are parts in certain books I can remember with vivid detail! lol I would be bored reading some books, but not others. I don't read them twice in rapid succession, I'll wait a year or two before I read the same book. And sometimes I will be surprised by something I didn't remember. Thanks!
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
4 Dec 10
Or notice something new the second or third time you read it!
@maezee (32583)
• United States
2 Dec 10
I've always believed that the 2nd time, 3rd time, even the 4th time around is always better than the 1st - in terms of reading a book that you enjoy. I've re-read a lot of books because I like them so much - and I always find that after the 1st time, you always pick up new details and new meanings that you didn't notice the first time around. I re-read a bunch of books, so many that I have a hard time recalling.
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@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
2 Dec 10
Hi Maezee, It seems we are pretty similar in this respect. I re-read most of the books that I like. Usually, I find the books more engaging and interesting than the first time.
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• Australia
2 Dec 10
I have a few books that I have read more than once...One in particular that is a favourite from my childhood called Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer. I have loads of books but the majority I haven't read so I plan on reading what I have & keeping the ones I enjoy & getting rid of the ones that I don't enjoy...One book I have that I can't wait to read again is Needful Things by Stephen King.
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I have never read a book twice. However, there were times that I read certain portions of a book that I have read already. Those portions were usually my favorite scenes or there were some thoughts/ideas that I wanted to check out again, but that very rarely happens. I read about 4-5 books a week and I have over 12,000 ebooks, so you would understand why i never read a whole book twice.
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@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
2 Dec 10
Hi lily, There are loads of books that I have read again and again. I like to read books. When I can't lay my hands on a new one I go back to the old ones. I love to read them again. It is actually hard to enjoy the whole book to its fullest on one reading. There are so many minor points and details in a book which can be easily overlooked. There are certain chapters or sections of a particular book that I re-read because I liked it. I read those parts until I have learnt it by heart. Among the many books I have re- read, Harry Potter series, The Lord Of The Rings, a couple of Dan Brown books, most of Agatha Cristi's writings deserve special mention. I can enjoy these books anywhere anytime.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
3 Dec 10
I have read lots of books, many times. Anne McCaffrey's Dragon books for some, Dolphin Boy and its sequels, many of the Cat Who books. I have less time to read these days, so I don't re-read as much, but before the internet I had lots more time!
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
4 Dec 10
I love dragons! What are Anne McCaffrey's Dragon books about and how many are there?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
4 Dec 10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_McCaffrey#Dragonriders_of_Pern_series
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
I usually don't read books twice, but I read Harry Potter series twice. I'm very interested in the linguistic nature of the book, how J.K. Rowling invented the spells, etc.
• United States
15 Dec 10
Wow! I haven't even read the last book yet! I know, that's bad. And while I did enjoy the books very much, I'm not sure if I could reread them, especially all of them. But...now I'm kind of curious, I haven't read them in so long..I wonder if I'm missing out on how good they actually are! lol
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
13 Dec 10
My memory is great in some ways. Books can be a problem...I might vaguely recall bits and pieces but the actual plot is broken up in my mind so as to be meaningless. I have no problem reading books 2 or even 3 times . Trouble is, I have dozens of books on my shelf that I want to read and I don't read anything like as much as I used to. It's the same with movies too although, my memory of movies doesn't fragment like books. I guess that's because the pictures and sounds are clearer, because more senses are involved.
• United States
4 Dec 10
I'm a huge reader but I don't typically read books twice. It's not that I don't think my favorites are good enough or that I think I won't enjoy them the second read-through... it's just that there are so many new books that I want to read! I'm constantly going out to the bookstore and getting more books, or going to the library or borrowing them from friends. I've discovered so many amazing and wonderful books that I love, and I don't often slow down and look back at an old favorite. But when I do go back and read an old favorite it's usually because quite a bit of time has passed and I ADORED the book the first read-through. So far I think the only books I've actually re-read are Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. At the moment I'm considering re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul, and This Present Darkness again. I love that book. It was the first book I ever said was my favorite book. I'm not so sure anymore (SOOO MANY GOOD BOOKS!) but it's definitely still one that I love.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
4 Dec 10
I have several books in my collection that were just so good I can't bear to give them away! My Narnia books have been in my collection for over 10 years and have been read at least 5 times in the correct order and all the way through. The same thing goes for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both of these series were introduced into my life when I was much younger, around 12. More recently, I discovered the Diana Gabaldon books. I have read those about 3 times. I also really loved a book called The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and have read it twice. My newest obsession book is called Jane Bites Back. It surmises that Jane Austen was bitten by a vampire ages ago and has been hiding out in plain sight ever since.
@zapatee (477)
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
yes, i do re-read books in my collection or those i can borrow somewhere else. but i usually do that only when i like the books and after a year or more after the first time i read them. i still find it pleasurable to read good books after the first time and after a long period. that's why i like to keep most of them in my collection so i can read them whenever the urge comes for a good re-read. yes, it is also true that we often find details that we sometime miss the first we read these books, and it adds to the joy.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
3 Dec 10
It's funny, I watch movies over again but I don't think I've very read the same book more than once. Actually though, I have thought about it. There are a couple of books that I read a long time ago that I was thinking about reading again. There are just so many good new books to read and I can't even find the time to do that. Maybe if I ever reach retirement, I'll have the time to read as much as I want so I'll start re-reading then.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
2 Dec 10
No, I don't think I would read a book twice, except for revision or references, simply because there are so many books to read and life's just so insufficient to tread the same path twice over. Having said that, I do understand that people read for various reasons, of which pleasure is one of the predominant ones, so there's no right or wrong and all boils down to your preferences. I personally am more of a serious reader who would like to absorb the substance, so it doesn't make for much of a delight to reread the same material.
@toniganzon (51713)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I usually don't reread a book but I am doing it now because I have to use it in class. I'm rereading Harry Potter books.
@durgabala (1362)
• India
2 Dec 10
yes, i read books lot many times. i read rage of angels many times. i just love sidney sheldon books , and i have read all his books many times. i like reading comic books like archies or phantom etc many times
@riverblue (183)
• India
2 Dec 10
yes, have read many books twice or more.mostly it is story collections I repeat.I have read many of the books by Agatha Christie,short stories by Mauve Binchy and Daphne Du Maurier,Stephen king's Night shift,Cujo,the shining,Dean Koontz's Intensity,Mr.Murder etc more than once.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
2 Dec 10
Oh there are so many books I have read more than once, I can't tell you all of them. There is the Bible, which I read more than one in different versions, The children's version of the Narnia series I have read twice, and now reading for the third time to my son, some of my romance books I have read at least 2-3 times, and even some of my kids books I have read multiple times.
@Cargoleta (726)
• Spain
2 Dec 10
There are many books I've read twice (and three, four, even five times!), if I really like a book I definitely don't mind reading it again after some time. Some of those books I've read more than once are Lord Of The Rings, the Dragonlance Chronicles, The Hobbit, The Perfume... actually, pretty much all books I own :P