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What book have you reread several times?

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message 1: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

Heather | 30 comments Mod
The book I've reread most often is "Anne of Green Gables." For a stretch of several years, I read it every spring. I love the transformation of Anne from the babbling red-headed tempest to the (more) mature young lady that she became by the end of the story. Some of my favorite moments:

-meeting Matthew and talking his ear off the whole way home
-when she dyed her hair black
-getting Diana drunk
-jumping on the bed in Diana's spare room only to discover that Diana's aunt was visiting and in the bed at the time


message 2: by Scrabbler (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

Scrabbler | 10 comments Hmm, I have never read Anne of Green Gables, or most of the classics. I was a math/science student that struggled with abstract concepts, critical analysis, and writing.

I have read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose many times. I love clever mysteries with twists.

I mostly read non-fiction---psychology, spirituality, and such. I have read The Road Less Traveled many times--every few years--as it keeps me centered.


message 3: by FranMag (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

FranMag | 16 comments Does "Green Eggs & Ham" count? :-)

I guess I'm strange, I don't think I've reread anything...on purpose. I'm still working on reading all the great books out there. Thank goodness I'm finally finding time to read again.


message 4: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

Heather | 30 comments Mod
Oh I just thought of another one of my favorite re-reads! Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett. It's about a family that starts work on building a cathedral in medieval England. It actually sparked my interest in cathedral architecture in a way, and brought my Art History 101 course in college to life.


message 5: by Robin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

Robin (rreagler) | 5 comments Hi Babblers, LOL Fran!

I've reread many books, partly because I spent so many years as a student, teacher, or both. And sometimes just because I enjoy them. The books seem different every time. Which is, I guess, to say that I feel different every time and therefore they seem different.

Here are some books I've read many times: Moby Dick, Walden, The Great Gatsby, John Berryman's The Dream Songs (poetry), The Battlefield where the Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford, Sula by Toni Morrison, short stories by Julio Cortazar, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Would anyone like to guess my major?


message 6: by FranMag (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

FranMag | 16 comments Was it perhaps literature?


message 7: by Robin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

Robin (rreagler) | 5 comments oh....... perhaps!
xo


message 8: by LizSark (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

LizSark | 10 comments The only books I've reread often are Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. I love those three books. There are others that I've reread maybe once or twice but I'm kind of like Fran - there's so many great books waiting to be read and so little time!


message 9: by Amber (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

Amber Dixon | 1 comments Well, if you discount the books I read my one-year-old several times a day (i.e. brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?) the book I have read most often is The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. This is not because it is my favorite book, though it has won a special place in my heart, but instead because I was assigned it to read in five different classes starting with a history class in eighth grade and ending with a class on socialism in college.


message 10: by LizSark (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

LizSark | 10 comments Oh I know what you mean Amber. My one year old thrives on repetition...Goodnight Moon, Where Oh Where is Kippers Bear, Goodnight Spot....I think I know them all by heart!


message 11: by Yoink (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

Yoink | 7 comments I've read The Lord of the Rings several times, I'm not one of these obsessives about it but it's a good fallback every so often. I have read 1984 quite a few times, it was my favourite book from teenage years, probably not any more but I still enjoy it's almost eerily prophetic prediction of the future (in some elements at least). I have read a few Robert A. Heinlein books more than once, they are easy (or some are) and interesting and I was really into him for a few years.


message 12: by Pam (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

Pam Fradkin | 2 comments I can't count how many times I have read Franny and Zooey and The World According to Garp. I have read The Hobbit more than a few times, too. I LOVED Pillars of the Earth--may have to re-read that!


message 13: by Jill (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:21PM) (new)

Jill (jillibus) | 4 comments I read Brave New World many times, starting when I was about 12. I also keep going back to childhood with the Christopher Robin verses and the Pooh books. Another childhood favourite was Just So Stories. In adulthood I guess I didn't have as much time for re-reading!


message 14: by Eieios (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:21PM) (new)

Eieios | 2 comments I don't really re-read books much. I was really into Anne Rice in college and have read the Vampire series twice up to a certain point. They started to get too weird after a while. As a teenager, I also got really into the original V.C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic series. I have read those at least twice. It is always good to read about families that are more disfunctional than my own! Others I have read more than once are Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, GWTW, A Separate Peace (taught this one), Diary of Anne Frank, and I am sure there are others. There are so many I still want to read, who has time to re-read? =)


message 15: by Lbd (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

Lbd | 13 comments I don't re-read very often. Usually if I'm re-reading it means I'm out of reading material! lol, or that a new book out a series is soon to be released. I loved reading the dragonlance series, and Xanth stories, they are quick and fun to read. Oh, Harry Potter, yup read all of those at least twice.


message 16: by Lideola (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

Lideola | 3 comments Hmmm, I've re-read most of the Diana Gabaldon books, the Outlander series, but I've gotten out of touch with it. I've also reread Neil Gaimen- one of my favorites. I'm nervous about actually watching the "Stardust" movie because the book was so entertaining. I LOVED American Gods and Good Omens and enjoyed Neverwhere and the rest.
Call me cliche, but I love a good Stephen King and reread It or The Stand when I have nothing else on hand.
Harry Potter, of course.


message 17: by Herinfernallady (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

Herinfernallady | 1 comments I have read Poppy Z Brites Lost Souls so many times the book fell apart.
I have a new copy that lives on the self and a copy that lives in my bag.


message 18: by tragicstud (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

tragicstud | 3 comments i've read the unbearable lightness of being i think once every other year since i was 16... 7 times?...ish?.... it's a strange re-reading situation though, cause its such a relevant book for me that i've actually only the first time read it all the way through. i seem to be able to read it a little bit farther each time i try, but it gets too relevant somewhere and i abandon it. i actually think i only got through it that first time because i didn't understand it.

was that an overshare?


message 19: by Annie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

Annie | 4 comments like LBD, I also tend to reread books when a sequel is coming out. BUT...... there are some that are like visiting old friends when you open the cover. The Belgariad is such a series. David Eddings is a brilliant writer and I have been rereading this series and the following one The Mallorean since I was 15. (my aunt got me hooked) I have read every single book he has written and each cast of characters were such likeable personalities. The only jarring note in his career has been the writing of The younger Gods series. Totally not his style at all! I also reread the Earths' children series and The dragons of pern series alot as well.
( i think i'm a fantasy nut!)


message 20: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

Heather | 30 comments Mod
I agree with Annie's comment about the Belgariad! I've reread that one several times as well.


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I've reread some of my favorite classics many times. I love Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. Also To Kill a Mockingbird and The Jungle. I reread the whole Earth Children's Series by Jean Auel when the last book in that series came out. It had been awhile since I read the first ones and I wanted to remember the story. Need to reread Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series because I have the newest Fire Along the Sky on my shelf to read someday.


message 22: by LizSark (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:23PM) (new)

LizSark | 10 comments Ohhh! Grapes of Wrath! Magnificent book!


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