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The book you can read again and again?

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Posted on 8 May 2010 14:42:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2010 14:43:41 BDT
I would go with"The Power of One " by Bryce Courtney.And the Reacher novels and "Day of the Jackal" By Forsythe.

Posted on 18 May 2010 00:09:21 BDT
to kill a mockingbird- of mice and men and the killer angels- the best war novel i ever read- beautifully written and emotional drama at gettysburg- outstanding- pulitzer prize writing

Posted on 19 May 2010 14:09:07 BDT
I only started reading books when i was 22 (i'm 36 now) and i don't read vast amounts, maybe 6-8 books a year, so i'm well behind everybody else on these discussion forums. But the book that got me started, and which i have read 6 times in total is 1984. I have not read any other book more than once, but i can keep going back to 1984. I have read many more of Orwells books and essays, the man is a legend.

Posted on 13 Oct 2011 13:00:46 BDT
Rosie Gamgee says:
The book I have read most is Brokeback Mountain - I must have read that six times since I got hold of it. It is only a slight book but it is so well sritten and so heartbreaking, I can see something new everytime I read it.
Otherwise, Lord of the Rings, Orwell's 1984 and The Titus books by Mervyn Peake.

Posted on 13 Oct 2011 14:01:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Oct 2011 14:01:54 BDT
Lexi says:
The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault is entertaining and informative, and even succeeds in making (ancient Greek) politics interesting. It's one of the books I pick up and dip into frequently.


Posted on 13 Oct 2011 16:00:25 BDT
Nicci says:
I've never read any of my favourite books more then once. I'm almost afraid to read them again in case they dont seem quite as good the second time around!

Posted on 13 Oct 2011 16:57:18 BDT
If you include listening to the audiobooks, I have read/listened to all 7 Harry Potter at least 10 times each, more for the first few as I re-read them each time a new book was coming out.

Apart from them, I don't think I have read any other books more than twice, and I have not re-read that many as I constantly have a huge number of new books to read. It tends to be ones I really enjoyed and have not read in a good few years, such as His Dark Materials, or if a new book in a series is coming out. I am going to re-read The Book Thief soon, as I read it about 4 years ago and I really liked it, but I am getting to the point where I can't remember enough to make it worth a re-read so I am quite happy!

Posted on 10 Nov 2011 20:25:05 GMT
Stephen King's IT and Pet Semetary. I read IT for twelve times at least.

To Kill a mockingbird, The Tale of Two Cities and Blind Assassin are others that I have read more than once.

I would love to read Agatha Christie books again but it is hard to forget who the murderer is and there is no fun in knowing.

Posted on 10 Nov 2011 22:57:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2011 23:28:10 GMT
annie says:
What a fascinating thread to read! I have added quite a few boks to my "to buy" list, thankyou!

If I might contribute.........

When I am tired and in need of comfortable familiarity, Watership Down or Little Women.

The Day of the Triffids is never disappointing.

When I am ill in bed, (and I'm amazed nobody has mentioned these books already,) the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome are the best!

I re read Jane Austen regularly. Few people have ever characterised so well.

Hamlet. (And seeing productions. I'm addicted. No two interpretations are ever the same. Re reading after seeing it on stage brings a whole new insight.)

The Great Gatsby. Perfection, seen through floaty curtains.

There are many many more that I have read more than once, and lots I want to read again. There are so many books waiting to be read, but there is nothing more comforting than a well loved favourite. It's never a waste of time to re read.

Posted on 11 Nov 2011 13:20:19 GMT
K Deary says:
"Getting Mariied in Buffalo Jump" by Susan Haley is a book that I have probably read nearly 17 times! I read it when I am feeling down or overtired, I think I get something new from it each time. It is a rich and complicated love story (much deeper that the one portrayed in the film). I would recommend it to anybody.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2011 13:48:28 GMT
A. Rogers says:
Wuthering Heights which I have read every year since I was 12, I'm nearly 50 now so well over 17 times!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2011 14:28:32 GMT
ann says:
The lady killer. Martina Cole
Bridge across my sorrows , Christina Noble

Posted on 11 Nov 2011 15:09:19 GMT
j m c says:
As i get older I tend not to read a book more than once as there is so much out there and so little time. Having said that I've read Philosophers Stone I think 10 times (once to my daughter...does that count?). In the past I've reread Stephen King, John Wyndham, Stephen Donaldson, David Eddings... and when I was little all the Famous Five books got plenty of revisits. Sometimes a story is so good you have to read it twice!

Posted on 11 Nov 2011 15:28:44 GMT
I was thinking there's only a couple of books I've read 4 or more times, then as I thought about it the list got longer and longer!

The Owl Service - Alan Garner
Penmarric - Susan Howatch
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
Weaveworld - Clive Barker
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
It - Stephen King
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner
The Small Assassin (Poison Assassin) - Ray Bradbury (not sure about title!)

Probably a few more which I'll remember later.

Posted on 11 Nov 2011 16:10:56 GMT
Maria says:
I have read "In This House Of Brede" by Rumer Godden countless times, but very few others more than once.

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 19:49:34 GMT
Not so Quiet by Helen Zenna Smith

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2011 20:59:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2011 21:01:45 GMT
carocaro says:
Oh Bookworm I loved Alan Garner's books and had the pleasure of re reading them and many other children's classics while teaching and hopefully introducing the pleasure of reading and a good author's imagination to many. Prescriptive curriculum in recent years never put me off and my reading clubs were always well attended from the Harry Potter stories, CS Lewis, Enid Blyton's Adventure books, Pullman's Dark
Materials, Children of the New Forest etc etc I would encourage all
adults to read a special book from there childhood again at least one a
year! Anyone else agree?
Oh and Annie...Swallows & Amazons with a big picture of lake Windemere on the wall was another!

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 21:03:42 GMT
Skibeaky says:
Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean Auel.

Though I have read 'Rebecca' so often I can probably do an audiobook for it without actually opening the book!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011 20:19:11 GMT
carocaro says:
Skibeaky I agree but I loved all Jean Auel's bar the last one which I was very disappointed in but I could only read them 3 times over the many years they've been out! I consider myself a self taught herbalist since reading them!!!!!!

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 03:58:44 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
For me, it's The Canterbury Tales. I can read it again and again. Also like Crime and Punishment.

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 08:14:36 GMT
A. PETERS says:
Books I have read many, many times:

Anna Karenina
The Book of Sand
The Aleph
Tristram Shandy
Don Quixote
Crime and Punishment
Therese Desqueyroux
The Plague
Montaigne's Essays (have been reading them nearly everyday for the last 20 years)
Treasure Island
A book of Chekhov's short stories
Great Expectations
Fortunata and Jacinta
P.G. Wodehouse's books - nearly all of them.

Pretty conventional, but I am sure I will reread all of the above several times in the future.

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 21:00:17 GMT
RoyRumba says:
I have read the early Len Deighton spy novels more times than I can count especially Funeral in Berlin and Horse under Water. Also Brideshead revisited , The Sword of Honour trilogy and most novels by Evelyn Waugh.

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 21:43:38 GMT
Esmeralda says:
I have read To Kill a Mocking Bird loads of time but my current re read (6 times so far) is Diary of a Parallel Man by Mahershalalhashbaz Love it!

Posted on 28 Dec 2011 16:53:21 GMT
KatieSorrel says:
What about The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney?

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 17:48:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2011 16:29:28 GMT
Handybird says:
I imagine I am not to count the childrens books that have been read and re read until we know them word for word and back to front but here are some I have read and re-read over the years to myself, more than once and a few, more than four times.

To Kill A Mockingbird
Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin Modern Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
Little Women (Oxford World's Classics)
The Alphonse Courrier Affair: MORAZZONI, M (Panther)
The Moonstone (Wordsworth Classics)
David Copperfield (Wordsworth Classics)

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