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.
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!
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.
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"
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!
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There's no plot no characters its repetetive but I like it.
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.
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.
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. ;-)
"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.
that is so true! i don't read it as often as i should.
Agreed. Though so many of us don't read it as often as we'd like.
It's an important book but no more important than the great books of other religions of which they are plenty.
Bible does not fall in this category. You read it everyday.
I read Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse many times. PGW is the best
"The Art Of War" Sun Tzu I have been perpetually reading this book for around fifteen years.
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.
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.
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.
I do that with Harry Potter, too. I want to remember what happened in the book before I see the movies.
Terry Brooks is great. Have you read Terry Goodkind, The Sword Of Truth series?
I believe I haven't as yet, may have to look that up , thanks.
Great series! If you like Goodkind try Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series - also very good
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).
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.
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.
might seem stupid but I love to read two or three books... all are fiction; chic lit ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I cant sit and read a book... My attention span is baaad...
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.
Shepherd of the Hills
The Eyes of the World
The Inn of Hawk and Raven
The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
Almost any book by Micheal Crichton, many non-fiction books
and the Bible
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.
Shepherd of the Hills. It's been a long time since I read that.
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
All the sci-fi and horror classics I would like to add;
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
War Of The Worlds
The Invisible Man
The Phantom Of The Opera
Lair Of The White Worm
Call Of Cthulhu
This entire topic makes me wish I was more well-read! I'm going to have to start looking into these books.
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.
Include me in as a hardcore re-reader of Harry Potter, lol...I just finished the series again last night!
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.
There's just something about revisiting old "friends", isn't there?
i keep re reading the bible, especially Psalms it is so calming.
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.
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...
Many Lives, Many Masters
Bitter is the New Black
and I love most of the John Grisham & Michael Chriton books.
There are a few, but I will try to keep this brief.
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
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)
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.
I lov lord of the rings trilogy I ve read it many times.and treasure island.
I read "It", "The Stand", and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" quite often.
Webster's and Webster's and Webster's . . . to think it all started with vagina when I was six years old.
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.
a series of unfortunate events and the harry potter series. they never get old, as I forget little details here and there.
V.C. Andrews, Kurt Vonnegut, Plays by Tennessee Williams and any interesting short story.
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
I think I've made Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird" my lover somehow-it's all raggedy with adoration and occasional drool. Gad, I adore her words.
Whoa, then it must be good. I should check it out, literally, I will go to the library and check it out.
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