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Does anyone else have a novel that they read over and over again, and why?

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Posted on 15 Sep 2012 12:17:00 BDT
Frenchie says:
I have to say that I re-read Lord of the Rings. I admit that it does not take me quite as long now, because having it read about 10 times, there are some paragraphs I know so well that I have to skip them. But LOTR is my favourite of all times. I have to read it over and over and over. I find it fascinating and all what I want in a book is in there : beautiful descriptions, fear, suspense, conspiracy, battle, mythology, friendship, loyalties, lies and deceit, despair, hope and ....... love. Not necessarily in this order, but it is in there.
I used to read a lot of books over and over but since I have my Kindle, I am so spoiled for choice that I have little time to re-read a book. But I shall always make time for LOTR.

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 12:59:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2012 13:01:44 BDT
'A Time of Gifts' by Patrick Leigh Fermor - a young man walks to Constantinople (also 'Mani' and Roumeli' and 'Between the Woods and the Water').
'Seal Morning' by Rowena Farre - Life in a cottage in Sutherland with a young seal.
'A Pattern of Islands' by Arthur Grimble - Life on a Pacific Island
'Return to the Islands' by Arthur Grimble - As above
'Light on a Dark Horse' by Roy Campbell - A poet's adventures, full of life and colour.
'Peter Camenzind' by Herman Hesse
'Adventures of a Red Sea Smuggler' - Pirates in the Red Sea.

All the above are non-fiction. 'Peter Camenzind' is semi-autobiographical.

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 15:35:00 BDT
SD99 says:
For me it's Cannery Row by Steinbeck. Even though I am a big historical-fiction fan (btw I will re-listen to English Passengers in the car for a third time soon enough, simply because it's done so well by a company of actors) I find Cannery Row something of a gentle joy, I think it's the mood of the book that appeals. It's very short and not a lot happens but the characters are all so likeable, and the charming simplicity is kind of appealing in this mad world.

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 15:46:44 BDT
codad1946 says:
Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series. There are 6 books plus Anthony & Cleopatra as a fitting finale. I think I have read them all in order at least 3 times. Now I have a Kindle I wanted to download them but only two are featured for Kindle. When you start reading from the first novel about the great Romans you wonder why you have never heard of them. Once you get to Julius Caesar however you realise why; he was head and shoulders above the rest of them and eclipsed all his predecessors. A quirky note is that the name Caesar has grown to mean "king" as in Kaiser and Czar etc, but actually means "Full head of hair".

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2012 17:27:07 BDT
pedro says:
totally agree with the miss read books love all the characters-mrs pringle ,albert piggot ,joseph coggins time to get them out again i think !!!!

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 18:50:53 BDT
Son of Elvis says:
For my money it has to be Robert Ludlums The Bourne Identity. I have read it at least eight times and always look forward to the next page. The films were very good but the books are of a different era and build the character a lot deeper.

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 19:27:13 BDT
The Memory Keeper's Daughter Brilliantly written.
and The Shell Seekers

Some books stay with you forever.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 06:29:54 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
One book I return to quite often is "The Cruel Sea". Admittedly I did have family members involved in the Atlantic War (some who didn't survive and thus we never met), but it is so much more than an ordinary war book. It does show both the heroic and the mundane side of conflict, and it also deals with how people (naval and civilian) cope with such huge changes to their way of life. The book is nicely under-stated, which makes the courage and the pathos stand out all the more.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 07:14:59 BDT
Lilbit says:
The books I go back to whenever it all gets a bit too much are the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett. They contain many of the best story elements of his Discworld books intended for adults but also the wonderful MacFeegles as well more from the witches who appear in several Discworld books. Comfort reading at its very best.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 08:37:41 BDT
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. Cheers me up when I'm feeling depressed or disorientated

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 09:26:47 BDT
how about the greatest book ever written? King James Bible: 400th Anniversary edition of the book that changed the world (Bible Kjv)
Actually, put the religeous aspects aside, it is an amazing piece of literature.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 10:02:47 BDT
Ian Scott says:
I guess it qualifies as a novel...

"Novel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A novel is a long prose narrative that usually describes fictional characters and events"

Though you may upset a few people, especially on a Sunday.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 10:09:43 BDT
You are not THE Ian Charles Scott, are you, by any chance?

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 11:11:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2012 19:33:54 BDT
Lester James says:
'The Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad. I have read this many times and still feel humbled by his command of written expression - especially since his native tongue is Polish. As a writer myself, I never cease to be inspired by his work.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 13:48:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2012 13:51:47 BDT
carole says:
Cross stitch by Diana Gabaldon. (outlander series) I usually am not keen on historical romance novels but I was rec to try this one. I couldn't put it down nor the next 4in the series.
Fantastic story well written

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 14:30:58 BDT
Ian Scott says:
No, sorry lovereading, I've never amounted to being THE anything I'm afraid.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 17:57:21 BDT
j says:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It brings to life a lost time when things were so different in Britain. Full of lost opportunities and regrets by a man who is full of his own dignity.
It's so beautifully written that I find it hard to get it out of my mind and drag myself into the present day when I've finished reading it.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 11:37:22 BDT
Lauren G says:
I've re-read Jeffrey Eugenides' "The Virgin Suicides" countless times and I still love it. Such beautiful, poetic tragedy.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 16:23:46 BDT
Lelly1969 says:
The Stand, by Stephen King. I know people think of him as a horror writer, and the subject matter is horrific in that most of humanity is wiped out by flu, but the book is about hope and humanities ability to pick itself up, and fight for itself. It always makes me cry, and I absolutely love it. I also love The Partner by John Grisham, and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 17:19:33 BDT
Reading this lot I'm inclined to say there's no accounting for taste. Best novel ever - perm any one from at least a few thousand, and none of us would agree. I still have the first G>A> Henty I bought off a book barrow aged about 6 - cost one old penny - and in the right frame of mind I can re -read that, and Percy Westerman and a few others. I re-read Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond and Niccolo series, also my collection of Michael Gilbert - Smallbone Deceased takes a lot of beating - Dorothy Sayers, though some careless so-and-so is still to return my copy of Five Red Herrings. I've re-read Larry Niven's The Buirning City and Joe Haldeman's The Forever War upmteen times, Mario Puzo the Godfather,Donald McDougall's Davie, where do I stop, and how can any of you stick to re-reading just one? Biography John Masters' Bugles and a Tiger takes a lot of beating,
but I think I have read Bruce Catton's books on the American Civil War on average once a year since I bought them new in the nineteen eighties. My mother's collection of Maurice Walsh are on a top shelf and I still go back to them - even if they are romantic slush, they are good romantic slush. John Harris Covenant with Death, Clifford Hanley Dancing in the Streets and A Taste of Too Much both great and memorable of my own growing up in Glasgow, Fletcher Knebel's Convention and Seven Days in May, where do you stop? Books are SUCH a pleasure, you can' possibly nominate just one!

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 19:50:09 BDT
Freddiesmum says:
well it depends on my mood, but I have 3 books that will always be re read for the rest of my life since they have already been read many many times!
101 Dalmations...I just adore that story!
Lord of the Rings...simply superb!
Gone with the Wind....beautiful epic
Thiose are the ones that have had the biggest bashing by me, there are others that get very close, like Jane Austin and Diana Gabaldon as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 20:11:00 BDT
Ian Scott says:
I'm happy to reframe the question as 'novel(s)'. And it's not really good form to knock what other people like. If you read through the responses I think you may learn quite a lot about how stories touch people, and why they connect. Why do you re-read all of the books you've listed?

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 20:14:34 BDT
Ethereal says:
Not a novel but Herriott's All Creatures series when I need cheering up. My copy falls open at a particular page which always has me in fits however often I read it (for those in the know it's the calving outfit scene).

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 21:47:04 BDT
Fleurcat says:
Camberwell Beauty by Jenny Eclair is fabulous; funny and incredibly dark. Also the Garnet Hill books by Denise Mina are an excellent read. sorry they're not 'classics' or deemed to be intellectual, but I can highly recommend them.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 22:04:46 BDT
Avidfan says:
Favourite re-reads are a way of escaping from the quantities of dross that appears in the best sellers lists nowadays. Or the choices of my book club!
Favourites escapes of mine...
A town like Alice (or virtually anything else by Nevil Shute)
Gone with the wind
The Secret History
We need to talk about Kevin
The Road
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