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Subject: Books worth reading twice.....or more
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:47 PM ET
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Some books are so good and so full of useful information and insightful meaning that they deserve to be read more than once....some more than twice.  And some just make us feel good reading them!

What are your favorites to read more than once?

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 1:16 PM ET
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When I was a kid, my mother could never understand why I would check the same books out of the library over and over and over again! My feeling is, if it was a wonderful read the first time,why not relive the pleasure? LOL.

A few that I've read many, many times:

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher

Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

Growing Up by Russell Baker

The Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January mysteries



Date Posted: 9/10/2007 1:44 PM ET
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Very, very few.     As I get older I realize there are too many great NEW books out there for me to go backwards.   Having said that - I admit that seeing The Winds of War and War and Remembance by Herman Wouk listed above makes me want to read them all over again.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:14 PM ET
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How funny!  As I read what Anna wrote my thought was that I have too many new books to be read to spend time rereading one that I've already read.  Then I read Janelle's list and immediately thought, "oooh, I really liked The Shell Seekers, but I read it so long ago that I don't really remember it. "   I still have it, so I just might read it again.   Then I read what Cozette wrote and it's a very similar answer.  Great minds think alike,eh?   


Edited to fix bad punctuation.  :o)

LOL - tried again, but I'm not sure it's right yet!  Those quotation marks always confuse me!  Feel free to correct.

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:38 PM ET
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I have to say, now that I've joined this site and started scouring the thrift stores, I have such a huge stack of TBR books, I don't think I'll be doing any re-reading for the foreseeable future! :-p

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:58 PM ET
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Travels with Mohammed

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I reread those every few years - every time I have a different perspective to bring to them and new ideas to gain.  After joining this site I was able to give up a lot of "might reread" books.  I figured that if I wanted them badly enough, I could get them from here!  Now I only reread a very select few - and often it's by audiobook.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:32 PM ET
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I've read the Outlander series many, many times, but other than that, none come to mind off the top of my head.  There are just so many new books to find and read!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 5:04 PM ET
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Hawaii by James Michener has always been my favorite.  I have read it several times.  I am also keeping "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons to read again.  Wonderful book.  All her books are great.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 5:45 PM ET
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Well, sometimes for me it happens "by accident" - you know, you've forgotten you read it a few years ago? So, 10 pages or so into it you realize it's more than just a feeling of deja vu, it's a "deja lit" (hah, the French for "read" makes a nice pun), but by then it's too late, 'cause you're hooked again!   For a really discouraging look at the sheer numbers of what we're up against, I suggest The Yellow Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee (also a wonderful book about books and the love thereof in general).

I have started rereading Illusions by Richard Bach on a semi-regular basis, since it's so short and I find something different to focus on each time. 

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 7:57 PM ET
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I've reread the Harry Potter series and probably will again in the future.  I also plan to reread some classics from high school like The Grapes of Wrath and Catcher in the Rye once I get copies from here.

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 8:38 PM ET
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Definately the Outlander series, always and forever.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 8:49 PM ET
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I forgot about Harry Potter - I definitely will reread it, now that it's all done (sad look)!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 9:14 PM ET
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The Bronze Horseman is wonderful too.  I do plan to read that one again.  I have Summer Garden on my TBR pile, and want to refresh.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 9:20 PM ET
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I like to visit old friends whether they be the human sort or the book sort. I take my 'old friends' to bed with me -hahaha.  I usually have 2-3 books going all the time - one in my purse, one by the computer and one by the bed.  Some that I've read many times over the years and will, no doubt, read again:  To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee), Elswyth Thane's Williamsburg Series, all the Jane Austen books, Katherine (Seton), David Copperfield (Dickens), Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Random Harvest (Hilton), and any number of books by Margery Sharp, Anthony Trollope, D. E. Stevenson, Ann Bridge, Elizabeth Cadell, Rosamunde Pilcher, James Thurber, Lillian Beckwith, and, and, and...  You'd never find books with uncut pages in MY library - -

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 10:14 PM ET
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I am not a "rereader".  It's rare that I reread anything unless it's non-fiction.  I have reread the Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman also the Dragonlance "Twins" series by the same authors.  I've also reread all the Harry Potters except the last one multiple times.  When I was a kid I reread Island of the Blue Dolphins a million times.

For non-fiction, I've reread Minding the Body, Mending the Mind by Joan Borysenko, Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, It's Easier than You Think by Sylvia Boorstein, Celebrate Live by Lewis, Good Owners Great Dogs by Brian Kilcommons, Love Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Siegel, The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff, Love by Leo Buscaglia, and probably others :)

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 1:30 PM ET
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For me, it's definitely The Diary of Anne Frank.  I read that at least twice a year.  Also, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is one I enjoy reading often.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 1:45 PM ET
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Anna, I am much the same! I love rereading some of my favorites, it's like visiting old friends. I reread Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series every so often. I also love to reread Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse and of course Harry Potter.

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 3:01 PM ET
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"Elswyth Thane's Williamsburg Series"

Anna - My sisters and I devoured this series one summer at my grandmothers.  Do you still have copies of the books?  I'm going to have to try and find them - I'd like to see if I still enjoy them as much.

I loved her name - I collect unusual names, and that's probably the one that started the whole thing!

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 5:17 PM ET
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Anything by Sharon Kay Penman (The Sunne in Splendour is my favorite!) and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:20 AM ET
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I'm going to have to read Gone With the Wind over again, I blew through it so fast that I'm sure I missed something. It was quite the page turner and I couldn't put it down!

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 12:53 PM ET
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I love Danielle Steel's Thurston House, I've read it four times. I plan to reread all the HPs also.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 3:52 PM ET
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The little house on the prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder  ( I read these several times as a child and have now started to reread as an adult )

All of Jean Auel's books  ( I wish she'd hurry up with the last book ! )



Date Posted: 9/13/2007 2:34 AM ET
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I forgot...one of my all time favorites that I've read more than once is Siddartha by Hermann Hesse.  Beautiful story.

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Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:16 AM ET
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I've read Gone With The Wind at least 6 times, and I'll re-read it again later this year. The Harry Potter series, definitely. The original Timothy Zahn Star Wars series, and several fantasy authors as well.    I'm a full fledged re-reader!  I always find things I missed the first or even second time around!

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 10:51 AM ET
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Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are three J> Austen boks I reread frequently. My old favorites, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and John Knowles A Separate Peace are two more that can be reread. Anything by John Steinbeck. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller should be read every ten years.