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Subject: which authors do you re-read ?
Date Posted: 8/13/2012 9:57 AM ET
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For fun, I mean.

We've had discussions about re-reading in general, and I think lots do.

I  wondered if you had any "stable" of authors who you tend to return to.

I regularly re-read books that are complex plots, and/or really good writing.

James Lee Burke's Robichaux novels, because his writing is amazingly good. George RR Martin's Fire and Ice series, because it's so complex, and well-written. And I've re-read Steve Berry's, James Rollins,  and Preston-Childs' Pendergast series, because those are just really good stories. And, of course, Lord of the Rings.

And this summer's author: John Sandford's Lucas Davenport novels. I've got four to go......

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Date Posted: 8/14/2012 12:47 AM ET
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I don't seem to re-read books; have way too many good ones waiting in my to-be-read pile that I can't give time to re-reading books, it seems.  I might just make an exception and re-read Shadow of the Wind, just an amazing book (and would probably re-read it if I get Zafon's other books in the series, which are on my wishlist).   I've also thought about re-reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of my all time favorite books.  

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Date Posted: 8/14/2012 6:23 PM ET
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As a rule, I don't like to re-read.  There are a few exceptions and one is Jame Herriot's books.  Those I find delightful, even with repeat reading.  I have also read the first couple books of the Harry Potter series more than once.  The problem I am having since I have read the complete series is that I get emotional during the moments I now know have significance, lol!

Date Posted: 8/14/2012 8:09 PM ET
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I love to re-read.  IMO, reading a book I love only once would be like having only ever having one conversation with a good friend.  (I've reread the Pendergast series too!)

My most frequently re-read authors are:

  • Christopher Buckley
  • P.G. Wodehouse
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Erik Larson
  • Jane Austen
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Stephen King

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Date Posted: 8/14/2012 10:28 PM ET
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John D MacDonald--Travis McGee series

Also, Dick Francis --horse racing writer. 

But it has been so many years that I remember the character, but not the specific story.

And perhaps, Pat Conroy

I have on my shelf to read again, Rennie Airth.






Date Posted: 8/15/2012 3:10 PM ET
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I've read Diana Gabaldon's Voyager series 7 times so far and am starting on #8 to get ready for the next book in the series out in 2013.  Yes, Lord of the Rings..10 times so far since the late 1960's.  Jim Butcher's Dresden Files...

Date Posted: 8/15/2012 3:21 PM ET
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I don't............


Date Posted: 8/15/2012 11:40 PM ET
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James McPherson  (historian)

Louis L'Amour (westerns)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (sci-fi)

Eric Frank Russell (sci--fi)

Robert Heinlein (sci-fi)

Jack London, Jules Verne, Mark Twain and more ...

Date Posted: 8/17/2012 8:16 PM ET
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I usually don't re-read books. I have re-read maybe a handful. But there are several authors that I return to, meaning, I'll try a different and new-to-me book by them.


Ernest Gaines

John Steinbeck, thought it's been a while

Margaret Atwood, although the last two books were awful

Octavia Butler

Stephen King

Ray Bradbury

Billy Collins (poetry)


Date Posted: 8/17/2012 11:55 PM ET
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Richard Adams.

Loved Plague Dogs.  Now I am reading Watership Down.  Great books of animal adventure!

Next on my TBR pile from Richard Adams, The Unbroken web.


Check him out!

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 6:17 PM ET
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I seldom re-read particular books.  I will revisit authors.  

Re-read LOTR and first 2 Dune books.  But not recently.

I went back and re-read first half of Jane Eyre right after after I just finished reading it.

I did get a new copy of Power of One.  I read that years ago.  

I was in a community theater production Of MIce and Men so I read that alot.


ETA:  I am tempted to re-read Wodehouse (Jeeves), his writing always makes me smile.

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Date Posted: 8/19/2012 3:02 PM ET
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I should have had Pat Conroy on my list earlier.

I have read all his books at least three times....it's about time for another go.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2012 9:57 PM ET
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Betty P,

I will have to try your suggestion


And this summer's author: John Sandford's Lucas Davenport novels 

Thanks, I tend to "pig-out" on a favorite author. Read everything and then put them on a list, waiting for the next book!!!!

Good topic on this forum.



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Date Posted: 8/23/2012 12:51 AM ET
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I dont generally reread books but some excpetions are: Jodi Picoult and Jean Auel.

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 10:02 AM ET
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Typicaly I tend not to re-read.  I keep books I love with the idea that I will re-read them some day, but there are too many other new (to me) books to ever get around to re-reading :)

The authors I have re-read, though, are Raymond Chandler and Erle Stanley Gardiner. 

Subject: Topic: which authors do you re-read ?
Date Posted: 11/1/2012 10:06 AM ET
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Joseph Wambaugh

James Clavell

I've read Shogun at least 3 times and it's getting to be time to read it again......


Date Posted: 11/1/2012 10:26 AM ET
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I don't re-read a particular book [I agree, there are too many good books waiting to be read to re-read one I've already enjoyed].  However there are many authors that I continue to go back to because I love their writing, stories, characters, etc. If I listed all the authors I read, I'd be here all day! 

A sample would be:  Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Mariah Stewart, the Kellermans [Faye & Jonathan], Tess Gerritsen, Carla Neggers, Elizabeth Peters, Dorothy Gilman, Dorothy Garlock, Dick Francis, Iris Johansen, Elizabeth Lowell, Stuart Woods, Dana Stabenow........I think you probably get the picture!!

What do people do who don't enjoy a good book!!  Happy reading, everyone.

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 10:36 AM ET
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J.R.R. Tolkien _ Lord of the Rings (read it 7 times), plan to re-read when I am retired.

Stephen King - Plan to re-read all of his books when I am retired.

Alice Munroe and Annie Proulx Short Stories - Pick them up to re-read when I need to sort out problems in my life.

Ann Morrow Lindbergh - A Gift from the Sea (read every time I am on my seashore vacation week)

Alice Hoffman - like to re- read when I need to sort out issues and discontents with my life , when it seems to lack magic and spark.  No-one can bring magic to everyday drudgery like her.



Date Posted: 11/1/2012 3:07 PM ET
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Before I discovered PBS, I used to do a fair amount of re-reading. I'm picky. I only want to read well crafted storys with believable characters and settings. Snappy dialogue and exciting plots are also a must. The TBR is big enough now that I won't have to re-read for a good long time. But when the time comes I'll re-visit my all time Faves 

Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files"  series  Not "Codex Alera". A good one time read, but awfully verbose for a re-read

Ilona Andrews "Magic Bites" series   Not "The Edge", enjoyable read but it doesn't grab me like Kate & Curran

Karen Chance's "Cassie Palmer" & "Dorina Basarab" Adore Both series.

J.D. Robb's "In Death" Series  I'm actually tired of some of the storys, but love the characters and the interplay between them.

and when I want a good laugh Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series #1 through #14. Series has lost it's shine. I think I will stop collecting them, but 1-14 are solid fun.

Diana Gabaldon threw me with "An Echo in the Bone". I'm taking a break. Up to that point I had re-read all the Outlander series At Least 6 times. I'll wait 8 or 10 years until the next few are out and probably try again.  

I expect I will be adding Jaye Wells "Mage in Black" series to the list.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2012 3:44 PM ET
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I usually don't re-read either.  I have such a huge TBR pile that I don't see any need in re-reading something.  I do have 2 books that I plan on re-reading but I haven't gotten around to it yet.  I have The Withcing Hour by Anne Rice that I plan on re-reading because it's been over 15 years since I read it and I plan on reading the rest of the series.  I also have It by Stephen King that I plan on re-reading because it has been way over 15 years since I read that one and I do remember it being such a good book but a lot of the details in the book are fuzzy so I want to re-read it.

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 6:11 PM ET
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I have reread books in the past but not recently/last couple of years.   I would love to reread Shogun.  One of my all time favorites.  I would personally love a LP copy if they made one.  And the other books I will reread someday are by Alice Walker.  Her novels are so rich and intense and It has been many years.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2012 8:03 PM ET
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Stephen King

Octavia Butler

Christopher Moore

Robert Rankin

Robert McCammon

Ray Bradbury

Mo Hayder

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Wallace Stegner

They've gotten me through some rough times, so their books are like old friends.

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Date Posted: 11/2/2012 1:31 PM ET
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I more recently have re-read some of Larry McMurtry's books.

If you had told me back in the day I would love a western, I'd have laughed and laughed! But his books are just terrific. Such great characters.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 10:48 AM ET
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Almost all authors listed here are ones I've read, although my re-read list is short. Some suggestions of authors to try - if you like Diana Gabaldon try Sara Donati's series; if you like Raymond Chandler try Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series which is outstanding.

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Date Posted: 11/15/2012 2:45 PM ET
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I've re read Stephen King and Diana Gabaldon