Forgot that you have already read that book?

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  1. BlissfulWriter profile image71
    BlissfulWriterposted 12 years ago

    Forgot that you have already read that book?

    Have you ever gotten a book and then after reading three chapters, you think, "Hey, I've read this book before."?

    Informal Poll:
    a)  Happens all the time.
    b)  Nope, never
    c)  I don't really read books now-a-days.

  2. nicregi profile image63
    nicregiposted 12 years ago

    For me, it will be (a) for some reason. I used to have a lot of book collection at home and happened quite a lot of time especially when I forgotten I read it last year smile

  3. hrymel profile image79
    hrymelposted 12 years ago

    A-Yep it really does happen a lot, I'm bad about not remember the titles to books.

  4. brianlokker profile image94
    brianlokkerposted 12 years ago

    Probably (b) for me. But sometimes I think I've read a book when (1) I actually haven't, because I've read about the book, or (2) I've only read a few chapters. I do often tend to start a book, put it aside for a while to read something else, and then start over when I return to it months or sometimes years later. I now track my reading on, so these situations will hopefully be less frequent!

  5. rlaha profile image62
    rlahaposted 12 years ago

    Yes, the answer is A. I have done this so many times. I will open a book and start reading.  Then I start remembering that I think I know the ending. So I remember the ending and go read the ending to make sure that is the story. About 98% of the time it is true that I have read that book already because I know the ending. It is funny!

  6. teamrn profile image60
    teamrnposted 12 years ago

    It happens to me; same thing with renting movies. I forget the title and so order it again from Netflix (in spite of my husband's insistence, "You've seen that"). The same thing happens on occasion with books, which is why I make sure about their return policy before i buy.

    It's not because I'm cheap; I just don't have money to be paying for the same thing twice!

  7. animekid profile image63
    animekidposted 12 years ago

    Hey there.

    No, I can't remember ever reading a book that I've forgotten, but that doesn't mean that it can't happen in the future. I am getting older you know.

    I do re-read many of my older graphic novels in order to write hubs about them for Comics Eye though.

    Interesting question. smile

  8. Mercia Collins profile image63
    Mercia Collinsposted 12 years ago

    a) i'm always doing it. I have even bought books and then found that I already have a copy.

  9. Aley Martin profile image64
    Aley Martinposted 12 years ago

    no, but cannot remember I already saw the movie...hate that when it happens!

  10. Jerry Watson profile image66
    Jerry Watsonposted 12 years ago

    Interesting question. I remember a book I read by Louis L'Amour wherein he talked about the incredible number of books he had read over a lifetime and being doubly shocked because he could remember the titles and content of them all! Amazing.

  11. PatriciaTL profile image63
    PatriciaTLposted 12 years ago

    This has happened occasionally, mostly with detective stories and mysteries.

  12. Aspects of Life profile image59
    Aspects of Lifeposted 12 years ago

    Would have to be a sort of A). I once bought a book, having read the jacket it sounded relly interesting. I got half way through the first chapter and realised that I had read this book before. I hadn't recognised the book because the cover had been changed and I didn't remember the blurb on the jacket.

  13. mr. android profile image60
    mr. androidposted 12 years ago

    B for me. My brain is like a library, I remember what is read.

  14. Marlin 55 profile image68
    Marlin 55posted 12 years ago

    B for sure. I like to quote some of my favorite dialogue.

  15. lilyfly profile image62
    lilyflyposted 12 years ago

    No. Usually I intend to read a book, and if it is good, like Les Miserables, I have visited Jean Valjean far more than once. If it is not, I do the world a favor, and throw it in my trash, usually to be burned the next day.
    Usually the text that I choose to unshare with the world has to do with the unworldly and vicious greed I see today. Ayn Rand and Machiavelli are no heros of mine.
    If a text is so forgettable that I've actually read more than the first few lines without remembering it, either I, or the book, belongs in the no longer useful section-not that I am a fan of uthanasia, since most writers I read belong there already.
    Only the individual may decide what is worthy or not. What I might consider garbage, you may consider gold. It is a great mark of our country that we, personally, have that right to decide.

  16. LoneWolfMuskoka profile image66
    LoneWolfMuskokaposted 12 years ago

    I'd have to say d) From time to time

    It happened to me last month -- I ended up rereading (and enjoying again) "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman. At first I thought it was just that it had so many overtones of "American Gods", you know, being a sequel and all 8smile

    Both are great reads, by the way.

  17. CarolRucker profile image74
    CarolRuckerposted 12 years ago

    b) Nope.... I read lots of books, but never bought the same one unless I did it intentionally. I have varied reading tastes, so it's hard to buy the same thing by accident.

    I read my favorite books over and over again until they get worn out., then I buy them again.

    I go back and read classics I didn't get to read when I was young.

    I've also developed a love of Russian literature since that's my daughter's specialty.

    Interesting question.


  18. jainismus profile image73
    jainismusposted 12 years ago

    Yes I remember one such instance, but now I do not remember the title of the book!

  19. davidlev profile image60
    davidlevposted 12 years ago

    i have on occasion been hesitant to start a new book because i wasn't sure if i had read it before or not--and i've certainly bought a book more than once

  20. Dee aka Nonna profile image60
    Dee aka Nonnaposted 12 years ago

    a) it happens so often I have to wonder about myself..LOL.  There is one book I actually bought it 3 different times...forgot I bought it.  It did make a great gift.  I think with me...I am drawn to titles.  Anyway, this was a great question.  Made me giggle.

  21. Robin Cristy profile image60
    Robin Cristyposted 12 years ago

    Fortunately, whenever I do that, it is close to Christmas, so it works to my advantage!

  22. Rod Marsden profile image67
    Rod Marsdenposted 12 years ago

    Nope, never. Sometimes however I come across an author who has a tendency to repeat a theme or an idea in their novels. The words are different but the general flow is the same. Other authors continually bring back characters that have worked out well for them but the story line is different so that is okay.

  23. Faceless39 profile image90
    Faceless39posted 12 years ago

    A) Has definitely happened to me a few times, but not all the time.  And wow, you're lucky that you've noticed by the 3rd chapter; sometimes I've gotten half way through.  Obviously not a book I cared much about during either my first OR second read.  LOL!

  24. joanwz profile image81
    joanwzposted 12 years ago

    yeah, i've done that a time or two. i usually find out i liked it just as much the second time around..

  25. raciniwa profile image80
    raciniwaposted 12 years ago

    yeah, i've experienced that before...maybe that was a Sidney Sheldon book...

  26. PDXKaraokeGuy profile image84
    PDXKaraokeGuyposted 12 years ago

    That's happened to me quite a few times, and usually not until I'm half way through with the book. Always makes me feel silly!


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