For me, it is the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It has such deep and detailed story, and an old, large world, rich with cultures, languages and a complex history. I find the minor characters more interesting than the main ones. Different aspects of middle earth capture my attention and imagination each time I read it. Although I have read (and re-read) a mountain of other fantasy novels, LotR is the only one that remains fresh and interesting after re-reading multiple times.
The Book of Life. It's not bound in paper and you cannot find it at the library. It's the book I try to read everyday and find it's never the same. Sometimes it seems to be written in a language I cannot understand (those are the bad days) and sometimes it is all color-filled illustrations by great artists (the great days) but it is always interesting and I never tire of 'reading' the Book of Life!
Well this is more than one book, but I have to say all The Harry Potter books. They are so much fun and the stories keep the reader involved. You love and care for all the characters and are rooting for them all the way. There is comedy and drama something for everyone. The stories entertain young and old and they can be read over and over and still have you wanting to read them again. That is the sign of a great book or books should I say.
The Prophet, one of Kahlil Gibran books. Every book that gave me a refreshment and motivation. For me books are soul food, some are sweet, some are bitter. I like to say that the most entertaining is Al Qur'an, but it is not a book, more than just a book.
Without doubt for me it would be 'Past Forgetting' by Kay Sumersbee Morgan. Kay was Eisenhower's driver during the build up to the invasion of Europe. So started a wonderful affair. She wrote the book after the war. A true wartime romance, the reader is taken to their Hideaway in the country, where we meet their little dog and so much more. The personal anguish of Ike, when he knows he is sending so many men to their deaths. I'll say no more - try and get it you can you'll be glad you did. Graham.
I own the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. It's actually a two-volume set rather than one book, but contains the entire Holmes canon. As a long-time "Sherlockian", I never get tired of re-reading the stories of that brilliant and eccentric detective. By this time, I know each story well, but still enjoy them.
I would say the Holy Bible, even though old, its message is always as new as those who may have never read its pages. "To Kill a Mockingbird", By Harper Lee, and the works of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Steinbeck, are among my favorites. I suppose I like the Harper Lee novel so much is that I identify with the times and places , and humanistic nature of its pages, and it to be always in a special place in my most fondest of memories.
There are a few books that I have loved so much that I had to re-read them: "One hundred years of solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have read this three times, just because it's just an amazing and magical story. "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse, because it is full of timeless wisdom ... ... and currently re-reading "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martell, which is coming out as a film soon.
It's actually a series that I can read over and over again. It's the Harry Potter series. I find the series both educational and entertaining and something that the kids and adults would really enjoy reading. When I read the books I find myself lost in the real world and can visualize the scene and imagine the events as the story goes.
The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende. For me it never gets old. It i packed with so much and it spans generations, mixed with folklore and love. It is one of my favorite books and will always have a prominent place on my bookshelf and in my heart.
I can't seem to bring myself to read a book twice. It's like how some people don't want to eat leftovers I guess. For some reason I feel that I remember everything in it so why bother. I think as a child I did read some books more than once. I bet you if I attempted to read a book twice I'd be surprised how much of the little things I forgot. I should try it.
I often read a book more than once and can't remember a thing about it, while I am actually reading it and I'm thinking, "What happens next?", although if you were to ask me about it in conversation could really discuss it in detail.
If we are just talking fictional then I'm not one to read something twice. My memory is pretty good and it gets on my nerves when I remember too much of what I'm reading. Although there is one book I've read four times despite this and that is Prey by Michael Crichton. Oh and I read the same books over and over to my son, Goodnight Moon is one of his favorites ^_^
I often re-read books that I like.Lately I read "The Hunger Games" twice and I have read The Lord of the Rings four times. But the books I have re-read most often are Margaret Atwoods "Orx and Crake", and "Year of the Flood"-in that order.They are brilliant sci-fi novels,exciting, funny, dramatic, tragic, heroic books. The second is a sequel to the first,written by the auther following popular demand.
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There are plenty of good children's books that keep me interested and wouldn't mind reading it again. Personally, I love The Tale of Despereaux, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, and Persepolis.
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