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What's your all time best novel that you can repeatedly read ?

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Ahmed Nadeem Mine is the unforgettable journey (the hobbit)


Renee E Probably The Forgotten Beasts of Eld followed closely by the Kingkiller books and then The Keltiad.


message 3: by Stephen (last edited Jul 25, 2014 03:37PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Stephen Not a single novel, per se but The Hornblower Saga does it for me. Somehow I like the idea of an introspective gawky, shy, teenager going on to be the British hero by refusing to give in to his fears. Plus there are times that a world that moved at 6 MPH seems incredibly appealing.

If you think so, start with Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

I reread the entire series every couple of years. I'm probably on my 6th or 7th time around by now.


Silverpiper The Shipping News. I re read it every couple of years.


Annemarie Donahue It's more of a novella but I love _We Have Always Lived in the Castle_.


Avinash Shenoy Its got to be Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I have re read this couple of times.


Will Once Stephen - yup, another vote for Hornblower. I've not read it as much as you, but I have been through the entire series at least three times cover to cover.

A fantasy trilogy that has a special place in my heart is the Winter of the World trilogy by Michael Scott Rohann. I must have read that three or four times as well.


Doubledf99.99 "August 1914", Solzhenitsyn's tome on Russia's deafeat at Tannenberg.
August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time
August 1914 The Red Wheel 1 A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


message 9: by Stephen (last edited Jul 26, 2014 02:19AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Stephen KryZad The Last Knight Templar wrote: "Angels and Demons by Dan Brown!"

Great book but I've only read it twice. BTW... wouldn't everyone in Vatican Square be dying of radiation poisoning in the days following the book? Matter/Anti-matter reactions still give off massive quantities of gamma rays, no?


HRM Maire I can't decide between three of mine: The Stand, by Stephen King; Shogun, by James Clavell or Watership Down, by Richard Adams. I probably could add about a dozen more, but, believe me when I say, I limited myself.


Annemarie Donahue I love this thread! It's like a list of books that I should check out!


Joyce The Return of the King


Victoria Jane Eyre.


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Gary Ross-Jordan Pratchett's "The Hogfather". Brilliant coming up to Christmas. One of his best. He reads so easily yet is constantly highlighting life. I dont always agree with his opinions on life but he puts it across very well.


Renee E Oh, now if I need a serious giggle, I pull out one of Patrick McManus' books.


Kathy There are others, but basically anything set in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosiverse. I'm re-reading Falling free right now.


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Duane Doubledf99.99 wrote: ""August 1914", Solzhenitsyn's tome on Russia's deafeat at Tannenberg.
August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time
[bookcover:August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A ..."


I wouldn't think of that as a novel... it's more of a historical reconstruction, like his "Lenin in Zurich" - ?


Penny Crawford Of course, any of Jane Austen's books


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Gerd Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Nancy Garden, Annie on My Mind

These are the books I keep returning to.
Stephen King's "Christine" was in that list too; I think I've grown out of him now, but there once was a time when he captured the feeling of being young with his novel like no other author at the time.


Brigitte Harry Potter of course :)


message 21: by Kirk (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kirk I've read several books 3 times, none more than that as I recall. Those that come to mind are several novels by Dickens, all of them by Jane Austen, and Vanity Fair.


message 22: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg I seldom read a book more than once, but there are a some I have read many times:
The Pride of Chanur trilogy and Down Below Station by C.J. Cherryh.
Crystal Singer, The Ship who Sang, and the original Dragon Rider's of Pern Trilogy by Anne MacCaffrey.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper.
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

There are some others, but I find that there are just to many books to read with the time I have. But, sometimes it is a joy to revisit a story that once enthralled.


message 23: by Naina (new)

Naina K These are the books that I enjoy every single time I read them,

-The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
-Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
-Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
-The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott


message 24: by Jackie (last edited Jul 28, 2014 04:39PM) (new) - added it

Jackie I find it hard to reread books because I love the surprise plot twists and such, but these books' wonder have never quite worn off:
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Joyce I have several books that I enjoy rereading every few years:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
all the Benny Harper mysteries by Earlene Fowler
and there are probably more but when I like a book a lot I can read it over and over


Doubledf99.99 Duane wrote: "Doubledf99.99 wrote: ""August 1914", Solzhenitsyn's tome on Russia's deafeat at Tannenberg.
August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time
[bookcover:August 191..."


Yep, but im still drawn to it every few years, I like a reread that takes me awhile to go through and this one fits the bill very well.


message 27: by TJ (new) - rated it 5 stars

TJ Several come to mind:

The Hobbit
A Christmas Carol - I read it every year!
And a more obscure one - Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi. Wonderfully delightful YA novel that I find intriguing and I discover something new every time I read it.


April I find myself reading "Wuthering Heights" repeatedly. There is something that draws me to the sad and obsessive love shared by Heathcliff and Catherine. I don't know what that says about me.


Eliza Dumitrache The short stories by Stephen King and H.P.Lovecraft. I relive the same emotion and terror every time.


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Andy Davies I love Dune. Every few years I get a hankering for Arrakis and a ride on a sand worm.


Doubledf99.99 Gerd wrote: "Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Nancy Garden, Annie on My Mind

These are the books I keep returning t..."

I second that on 2001 A Space Odyssey, its a great one for rereads and the Audiobook is darn good to.


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Dramapuppy I don't usually reread my very favorite books but one I've read a ton is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.


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A Anderson I reread The Maze Runner a lot, and all the Sherlock books, and the Asterix series.


Vickie Harry Potter series; His Dark Materials; all Tolkein; Lucifer's Hammer


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Dramapuppy I read Harry Potter a lot too.


Gabriela 'Charleston' and 'Goodbye Charleston'


James The all time novels that I could repeatedly read are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Harry Potter, and the Percy Jackson series.


Patti To Kill A Mockingbird and Love in the Time of Cholera are my two favorite novels and I never tire of reading them.


message 39: by H (new) - rated it 5 stars

H Harry Potter Series
Lord of The Rings
Heroes of Olympus
Percy Jackson Series
Kane Chronicles


message 40: by Stephen (last edited Jul 29, 2014 04:30PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Stephen Though I've already answered this query by mentioning the Hornblower books I actually have a shelf called thrice read tales. where I shelve things that I've reread time and again.

It is actually a pretty weird mix. https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

I should also mention the Listopia list: Read Them Twice - At Least https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...
which has a number of great suggestions as well.

Unlike most Listopia lists, I've read more than half of the top 100 choices... (at least once)


Laura The Eight by Katherine Neville. The Belgariad series from David Eddings. The Lord of the Rings. Little Women and The Three Musketeers.


Gmaharriet Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Hawaii by James Mitchner
The Shining by Stephen King (but NOT the movie)
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough


Taryn I can always read these novels repeatedly:
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


Amberlori There are three for me.
1) The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
2) The first book in the Wheel of Time serires by Robert Jordan
3) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Over the last 20 years I've read each of these at least 7 or 8 times.


Ellen For me it's In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden


Annemarie Donahue Amberlori wrote: "There are three for me.
1) The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
2) The first book in the Wheel of Time serires by Robert Jordan
3) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Over the last 20 years I've read each ..."


I LOVE the Wheel of Time series! Cheers.


Mercedes Bleau Dune. I always come back to it.


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Emma The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I fell in love with it when I read it 3 years ago and I've read it 3 times. Also, The Catcher in the Rye. A classic, but very easy to read and I am totally in love with it. These are my 2 favourite books :)


Terri Spencer Sidney Sheldon's Master of the Game


message 50: by A (new) - rated it 5 stars

A Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Possession by A. S. Byatt
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Lamb by Christopher Moore

I read all of those once every year or two. I love the language; I love the beauty. Also, the last one really makes me laugh. :)


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