What books do you read again and again?

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  1. lizzyroe profile image60
    lizzyroeposted 9 years ago

    I have a few books that I've read a million times - somehow they never get old. My favorite is Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." Wanted to know if this was common or if I'm just strange.

    1. ohmygoodnessrae profile image60
      ohmygoodnessraeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I absolutely love that book!

    2. ezhuthukari profile image71
      ezhuthukariposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Me too!!!

    3. The Taco Tagger profile image60
      The Taco Taggerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You're not strange. When I was younger I used to read the same "Goosebumps" book over and over. It had a grey dog on the cover... I can't remember it for the life of me honestly, but once I got older I found myself reading books by Steven Brust over and over. You're not alone out there!

    4. profile image0
      oldbookloverposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I have lots of favorite books that I re-read now and then. Some for their wonderful descriptions, some for their wisdom, some because I feel nostalgic.

      I think if you have spent the time reading a book once, and loved it, it is very sensible to read it again.

      I guess the author would be thrilled about that too.

    5. joe w bennett profile image60
      joe w bennettposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Here are a few off the top of my head--

      1. "War and Peace," once a year
      2. Rick Bragg's "All Over but the Shoutin'"
      3. Colin Wilson's "The Mind Parasites"
      4. Douglas Southall Freeman's "Lee's Lieutenants"
      5. Ishmael reed's "Mumbo Jumbo"
      6. Gibbon's "The Rise and fall of the Roman Empire" (abridged edition!)
      7. Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"
      8. "Don Quixote"
      9. "Ulysses"...not for pleasure or deeper understanding, just trying to
           figure out what's going on
      10. David Halberstam's "The Summer of '49"

      1. thirdmillenium profile image59
        thirdmilleniumposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        War and Peace - once a year!
        Good God, what are you? A superman? I started it and gave up midway about 10 times

    6. rnbguru profile image37
      rnbguruposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Replay by Ken Grimwood to me. IT's sort of like a grander version of the movie Groundhogs Day. Very intriguing and I can't help but read it again and again!

    7. Joe Badtoe profile image60
      Joe Badtoeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      How to read - Large Print edition

      There's no plot no characters its repetetive but I like it.

    8. kmcmichael profile image71
      kmcmichaelposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I also have read And Then There Were None many times. I also read The Great Gatsby, Rebecca, and Mere Christianity about once a year.

  2. andygrant profile image60
    andygrantposted 9 years ago

    I have read Gone with the Wind many times. That's really a great creation by Margaret Mitchell. I also like The Old Man and The Sea which is a short novel by Ernest Hemingway.

    1. profile image0
      klarawieckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Seriously? The Old  Man and The Sea made me so anxious! It was pure torture for me. I know it has a lot of symbolism and all, but I just couldn't read it the first time. Just wanted to drown the old man once and for all. But I do love the short stories of Hemingway. ;-)

  3. profile image0
    Surabhi Kauraposted 9 years ago

    "The Story of My Experiments With Truth" by Mahatma Gandhi. I've read his autobiography various times. I am impressed by his simplicity, his truthfulness, his greatness, his patience, his love for humanity and his non-violence agitations. There is no one after him nor one before him. I learned so much from his autobiography. The another book I've read many times is, "Waltzes I've not forgotten." Its really interesting, inspiring, useful and full of lessons.

  4. cupid51 profile image69
    cupid51posted 9 years ago

    I can read a good poetry book several times! smile

  5. renskei profile image61
    renskeiposted 9 years ago

    the most important book is Bible

    1. tonks21 profile image61
      tonks21posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      that is so true! i don't read it as often as i should.

    2. ohmygoodnessrae profile image60
      ohmygoodnessraeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed. Though so many of us don't read it as often as we'd like.

    3. McHamlet profile image61
      McHamletposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It's an important book but no more important than the great books of other religions of which they are plenty.

    4. thirdmillenium profile image59
      thirdmilleniumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Bible does not fall in this category. You read it everyday.
      I read Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse many times. PGW is the best

  6. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 9 years ago

    Ayn Rand
    Elizabeth Moon

    Both great and addictive authors.

  7. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 9 years ago

    I have read a lot of Mark Twain several times.

  8. nlowman profile image60
    nlowmanposted 9 years ago

    Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

  9. Arthur Fontes profile image82
    Arthur Fontesposted 9 years ago

    "The Art Of War" Sun Tzu  I have been perpetually reading this book for around fifteen years.

  10. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 9 years ago

    Actually, I realized that  the book I read so many times that the cover  ink was worn away was a geekish book on x86 machine language :-)

    But I'll stick with my Mark Twain answer.

  11. tonks21 profile image61
    tonks21posted 9 years ago

    i read the harry potter series every time a new movie comes out. i cannot get enough of 'the hobbit' or the 'lord of the rings' trilogy. i am thinking about rereading the 'sword of truth' series. until i find a new book to read that is what i stick to.

    1. lizzyroe profile image60
      lizzyroeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You're my new best friend! I just finished rereading Goblet of Fire, only three more books to get through before November. I've also read Wizard's First Rule so many times I can't count. Need to reread the whole series soon.

    2. shellyakins profile image65
      shellyakinsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I do that with Harry Potter, too.  I want to remember what happened in the book before I see the movies.

  12. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 9 years ago

    Raymond Feist
    Gordon R Dickson
    Terry Brooks

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image82
      Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Terry Brooks is great.  Have you read Terry Goodkind, The Sword Of Truth series?

      1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Hey Arthur,
        I believe I haven't as yet, may have to look that up , thanks.

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image82
          Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          There is a show based on the series "Legend of the Seeker"  although the show does not follow the books exactly the characters are well done and the actors are all up and coming stars.

      2. Chloe Comfort profile image61
        Chloe Comfortposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Great series! If you like Goodkind try Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series - also very good big_smile

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image82
          Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this



          I have read Robert Jordan and I agree, great series.

          1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
            Kangaroo_Jaseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Im off and on with this one, on at about book......3 ? I think ?

  13. themist profile image60
    themistposted 9 years ago

    "Of Mice and Men" and strangely...The Noble Qu'ran.

  14. Jenna May Swan profile image58
    Jenna May Swanposted 9 years ago

    Watership Down every 10 years - just because as a little girl I was too scared to read it (too much bunny killing), and now its just total escapism (and some cute bunnies).

  15. akirchner profile image94
    akirchnerposted 9 years ago

    Several classics such as Wuthering Heights, etc. but I have to admit I'm addicted to Nora Roberts books and can read them several times - especially if I forget what they were all about the first time around! I am hopelessly enthralled with romance novels per se but I have always found her books to be although predictably serving up a happy ending....an enjoyable read.

  16. profile image56
    steppppoposted 9 years ago

    Anything by Tom Robbins.

  17. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 9 years ago

    I have been tempted to go back and read several books, but I never do because I have so many waiting to get picked, and so little time to read! I'm a compulsive book buyer. I must have more than 100 books that have not been touched yet.

    1. shellyakins profile image65
      shellyakinsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm with you.  I haven't reread a book in a long time.  I take that back.  I have reread a few for book club over the past few years to refresh my memory for the discussions.  But there are too many new good things out there.

  18. FuzzyCookie profile image76
    FuzzyCookieposted 9 years ago

    might seem stupid but I love to read two or three books... all are fiction; chic lit ...

    world according to mimi smartypants
    fish bowl
    milkrun

    big_smile

  19. outdoorsguy profile image59
    outdoorsguyposted 9 years ago

    Books I read over and over again LOL

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu,

    Von clauswitz's  on War.

    Captian Sir, Richard Francis Burton (bio) by Edward Rice.

    My entire history collection

    The Declaration of Independence and other great documents of US history edited by John Grafton.

    J. Ringos Legacy of ALdeneta series.

    Webers Honor Harrington series and his Terran Federation series.

    the The Proteus Operation by James P. Hogan.  one of the best science fiction books written.

  20. akirchner profile image94
    akirchnerposted 9 years ago

    Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

  21. PegCole17 profile image94
    PegCole17posted 9 years ago

    This Perfect Day, Ira Levin  (SciFi)
    Harry Potter 1-7
    The Host, Stephenie Meyer (SciFi) and Twilight Series
    The Winner, and Most of David Baldacci's novels
    Visits from the Afterlife, Sylvia Browne (and most of hers)
    Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

    I've been stuck on the HP novels and keep reading #7 lately.

  22. SaMcNutt profile image60
    SaMcNuttposted 9 years ago

    Harry Potter, always. Anything Austen. Anything Dickens, esp. "Bleak House," "David Copperfield" and "Tale of Two Cities."

    I love Dante's "Comedia," but I often get overwhelmed in the "Inferno" that I read the first Canto's over and over again. Kind of like in the "Neverending Story" where the boy shuts the book because it gets too scary.

  23. MayG profile image90
    MayGposted 9 years ago

    Anything by Jane Austen, but particularly Pride and Prejudice.  I read it at least every couple of years.  Also, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

    1. Norah Casey profile image68
      Norah Caseyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I loved North and South! I haven't met anyone else who has read it. It is much more interesting than your run of the mill 19th century novel. I loved the way the theme of 'involvement' was carried through via stories of union organization, mutiny, and charity.

      1. MayG profile image90
        MayGposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, Elizabeth Gaskell had a very strong sense of the social injustices faced by the working class in industrial England didn't she?  Have you seen the BBC miniseries of it?  Absolutely fantastic.

  24. kmackey32 profile image71
    kmackey32posted 9 years ago

    I cant sit and read a book... My attention span is baaad... lol

    1. profile image0
      klarawieckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      hahaha... at least you recognize it!

  25. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 9 years ago

    I can't read the same book more than once.  I remember it all to well & know the ending.  I'm always looking for new authors because I get tired of the same old -

    There are plenty of books that I've read over and over - back when my kids were little & they wanted them read over & over.  I might be able to still recite Goodnight Moon & Love You Forever.

  26. Ivorwen profile image66
    Ivorwenposted 9 years ago

    The Harvester
    Freckles
    Shepherd of the Hills
    The Eyes of the World
    The Inn of Hawk and Raven
    The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
    Nourishing Traditions
    Watership Down

    Almost any book by Micheal Crichton, many non-fiction books

    and the Bible

    1. outdoorsguy profile image59
      outdoorsguyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LOL I read the hobbit and the Lord of the Rings so much as a Teenager, I have them memorized.  For my 7th Birthday my mom bought the silver Anniv.  hard back edition for me LOL.

    2. shellyakins profile image65
      shellyakinsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Shepherd of the Hills. It's been a long time since I read that.

  27. C.V.Rajan profile image61
    C.V.Rajanposted 9 years ago

    The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

    (A review about this book is available in this hub:
    http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Gospel-of-S … t-about-it

  28. ohmygoodnessrae profile image60
    ohmygoodnessraeposted 9 years ago

    A book I've read countless times is The Outsiders.

    1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
      Kangaroo_Jaseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Great book that one, had to read it in High School.

      1. ohmygoodnessrae profile image60
        ohmygoodnessraeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, that's how I read it too.

  29. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 9 years ago

    All the sci-fi and horror classics I would like to add;

    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
    Dracula
    Frankenstein
    War Of The Worlds
    The Invisible Man
    The Wolfman
    The Phantom Of The Opera
    Lair Of The White Worm
    Call Of Cthulhu

  30. ohmygoodnessrae profile image60
    ohmygoodnessraeposted 9 years ago

    This entire topic makes me wish I was more well-read! I'm going to have to start looking into these books.

  31. Nater28 profile image60
    Nater28posted 9 years ago

    jurassic park, the things they carried, billy budd,

  32. jenblacksheep profile image79
    jenblacksheepposted 9 years ago

    I've read the Northern Lights books quite a few times. I have the first two and I always start reading them with the intention of buying the third one, and then I never do. When I was younger I had my favourite books that I read all the time, but now there are just so many books to read that it seems silly to read one that I've already read.

  33. TamCor profile image78
    TamCorposted 9 years ago

    Include me in as a hardcore re-reader of Harry Potter, lol...I just finished the series again last night! big_smile 

    I have several authors that I continually re-read--Dean Koontz, Dianne Mott Davidson, Nora Roberts' mysteries, and a few Stephen King, but not many.  Oh, and when I want to relive my childhood, I pull out my Little House on the Prairie series, lol. lol

    There's just something about revisiting old "friends", isn't there? smile

  34. Joy56 profile image74
    Joy56posted 9 years ago

    i keep re reading the bible, especially Psalms it is so calming.

  35. profile image51
    noka wposted 9 years ago

    There are books that I am sure that several people read their favorite ones over and over again.... However, it is every individual person's preference to style and writing which books are read over and over again.  It could be romance, it could be mystery, action, etc.  Hard question to ask, when people have individuality of style.

  36. bojanglesk8 profile image61
    bojanglesk8posted 9 years ago

    I never read the same book more than once.

  37. Lily Rose profile image87
    Lily Roseposted 9 years ago

    I don't really read many books over and over because I'm always wanting to read something new, but I do have many favorites...

    Almost Adam
    Replay
    Many Lives, Many Masters
    Bitter is the New Black
    Prey

    and I love most of the John Grisham & Michael Chriton books.

  38. Bloget profile image60
    Blogetposted 9 years ago

    Tuesdays With Morrie

  39. profile image0
    TransScribblerposted 9 years ago

    There are a few, but I will try to keep this brief.

    Fiction:

    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Belgariad & The Mallorean series - David & Leigh Eddings
    A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
    Children on their Birthdays - Truman Capote

    Non-fiction:

    My Family & Other Animals - Gerald Durrell
    Dear Writer - Carmel Bird
    Everything I Know About Writing - John Marsden
    Liberation In The Palm of Your Hand - Pabongka Rinpoche (Mahayana Buddhist text)

  40. SaMcNutt profile image60
    SaMcNuttposted 9 years ago

    I just started reading Anne Perry's Victorian Mytstery Novels and I am impressed so far. There is authenticity in her character's voices that it hard to imagine she is a modern-day author.

  41. saarahkhan profile image55
    saarahkhanposted 9 years ago

    I lov lord of the rings trilogy I ve read it many times.and treasure island.

  42. Don Paskowski profile image59
    Don Paskowskiposted 9 years ago

    I read "It", "The Stand", and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" quite often.

  43. profile image0
    ralwusposted 9 years ago

    Webster's and Webster's and Webster's . . . to think it all started with vagina when  I was six years old.

  44. LeahPutz profile image53
    LeahPutzposted 9 years ago

    I read The Lord of the Rings about once a year. It never gets boring because I always forget little things about it. I've also read To Kill a Mockingbird a few times... And The Princess Bride.

  45. profile image56
    molivas24posted 9 years ago

    a series of unfortunate events and the harry potter series. they never get old, as I forget little details here and there.

  46. Internetwriter62 profile image83
    Internetwriter62posted 9 years ago

    V.C. Andrews, Kurt Vonnegut, Plays by Tennessee Williams and any interesting short story.

  47. sunflowerbucky profile image73
    sunflowerbuckyposted 9 years ago

    anything by Jen Lancaster because she is HILARIOUS!

  48. PrettyPanther profile image85
    PrettyPantherposted 9 years ago

    I have read very few books more than once:

    Sophie's Choice by William Styron
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  49. ezhuthukari profile image71
    ezhuthukariposted 9 years ago

    And I have read Harry Potter many a time

  50. lorlie6 profile image82
    lorlie6posted 9 years ago

    I think I've made Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird" my lover somehow-it's all raggedy with adoration and occasional drool. smile  Gad, I adore her words.

    1. Rajab Nsubuga profile image60
      Rajab Nsubugaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It is the Human Zoo.

    2. SaMcNutt profile image60
      SaMcNuttposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Whoa, then it must be good. I should check it out, literally, I will go to the library and check it out. smile

      1. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        There is  only book I can read again and again all the rest I read just once!
        The one for me is The Holy Bible
        The most printed book in the world!

 
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