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What are some books you have read more than once?

Asked by Demosthenes (9600points) 2 months ago

I generally do not re-read books as there are so many new books I want to read, I can’t justify spending time reading something I’ve already read. However, there have been a few exceptions. I re-read two books I read in high school, Dubliners by James Joyce and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, because while I remember liking them both at the time (Dubliners is the book that really changed my mind about literature), I didn’t give them my full attention (I was a senior with other things on my mind) and they deserved to be re-read with my more developed adult mind.

Now I’m also considering re-reading Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and John Fowles’ The Magus, the latter another book that represents a turning point in my reading journey. :)

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

The most recent was The Ceramic Spectrum-A simplified Approach to Glaze & Color Development
Still is a spellbinder :)

chyna's avatar

I have read Stephen King’s The Stand many times. In light of the Coronavirus, it scares me even more.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Timeline and The Andromeda Strain both by Michael Crichton

Patty_Melt's avatar

Fox In Socks
Green Eggs And Ham
Leepike Ridge
Clan Of The Cave Bear – and all sequels

Jeruba's avatar

• The Plague, by Albert Camus
• most of the Nero Wolfe books, by Rex Stout
• Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees
• Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
• most of the works of H.P. Lovecraft
• most of the works of Edgar Allen Poe
• Silas Marner, by George Eliot—really a beautiful book
• Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
• some C.S. Lewis, some Mark Twain, some Thomas Hardy, some Dorothy L. Sayers, some Arthur Conan Doyle, and probably a lot more (not counting all the favorite rereads in childhood)
• a fair amount of Zen literature

Like you, I tend to go for new material, but I too have found that a book registers differently after a lapse of time. Because the book hasn’t changed, I know the changes are in me. In that way it acts as a mirror, or sometimes a yardstick.

Many rereads are so-called comfort reads. Spending a few evenings with Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe is always going to feel fine, no matter what the bad guys did. In that world, justice is always served.

I liked Kafka on the Shore and about half of the other novels I’ve read by Murakami. The other half was lost time regretted.

filmfann's avatar

I’ve read the Harry potter books probably a dozen times.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Silas Marner! I read that forty plus years ago. I should give it a second go.

Inspired_2write's avatar

I reread the Outlander series to keep up with the Starz Tv episodes ( last one this Sunday (May 10th). Hope that they continue the story on Starz.

I picked through my bookshelves and I might reread:

“The TimeTraveller’s Audrey Niffenegger

( I just read the back pages and discovered that there is another Novel written by her of which a preview was written..interested in that one title:

“Her Fearful Symmetry…It begins with a scene of a women in a hospital bed who unknown to her husband had died while he went to get a coffee at the hospital vending machine momentarily.

His wife ( the women who just passed) describes the scene from hovering above her physical body….oooooo Interesting perspective!

I may try to get this book now!

I like to be surprised by a story of the unexpected but certainly not violent stories.

I like the books of the unusual plots the “unexpected” as I had seen so many and ready so many that follow a path that many writers use as there plot.

For me it is like a prism of possibilities which broadens the mind to think outside of the box..I think anyways.
I like books that make one think on it.

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Yes I have read the Timeline book plus have the DVD’s as well. However they movie didn’t do it justice , I think.
It could had been better.

kruger_d's avatar

The Little Prince, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker trilogy,

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