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Will You Read A Book More Than Once?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read The Great Gatsby. I think this last time, when I reviewed it for the blog, made my fifth read-through. But I honestly don’t know.

That’s saying something. Because I’m typically not a repeat book-reader or movie watcher. Once I’ve read a book or watched the movie, then I rarely will go through it again.

My wife can watch the same movie 10 times. And I just don’t get it because I’m thinking…you know what’s about to happen!

Anyway, back to books. I’ve read Into The Wild a couple of times. And there’s been a dozen or so books on the Time list that have been re-reads for me since I started this project. Books like Invisible Man, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Animal Farm fall into that category.

But I definitely think The Great Gatsby tops my list of books I’ve read the most times.

What about you? Are you a repeat reader? And, if so, name the book that you’ve read most often.

(Image: Mr. Brames Blog)

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  1. poormansplato #

    I have only recently got ‘in to’ reading in the sense that I now set time aside to read a book. I, however, already know that I will never dwell on the same book. If I enjoyed something I may seek something similar but I don’t see the point in re-reading something. Variety and spices and all that!

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    April 12, 2013
  2. I am definitely a repeat reader! I have read all of the Harry Potter books many times over, as well as the Hunger Games, the Time Traveler’s Wife and Lev Grossman’s the Magician’s. If I love a book, I always feel pulled to relive the story over and over again – and consequently am always discovering new things to love about it.

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    • That’s true. You do discover new things every time you read a novel. I guess the book just has to be really, really high on my list, like Gatsby, before I’ll revisit it. I don’t make a habit out of it.

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      • This reminds me of when I re-read. The first time you are rushing to finish it so fast that you seem to skip over the juicier details. Now the second time, you begin to notice trends and the hidden meanings behind everything. The third time though is magical. You can feel the book as if it is apart of you, because by now you know it like the back of your hand. It becomes a comforting friend that blends into your world of beauty. I personally don’t re-read that often, but when I do that book is something very special to me.
        You said it was discovering something new, and I believe that is what your suppose to learn from your books.

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        • Definitely true, the first time I read Crime & Punishment I thought it was just ok, but when you re-read and don’t over-focus on the plot you appreciate the other elements so much more. Crime & Punishment after a re-read is one of my fav’s.

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  3. turnerbethany #

    I am like you. I generally don’t re-read a fiction book after I have finished it. The ones I do tend to re-read are nonfiction like A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller and Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge. Those I find I glean a idea each time I read the book.

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  4. I am a late comer to reading a book more than once, but I will definitely give my time to reading a book more than once. Sometimes I read a book too quickly out of sheer excitement. Then, I realize there is a gap in my knowledge of the plot. Sometimes a book is so over my head I have to read it again to gain a better understanding. I’ve read The Great Gatsby about three times. I want to reread Tender Is The Night by Fitzgerald. I just got lost in that novel. I’ve read Wuthering Heights more than once to keep the names straight. I don’t like to look at a movie more than once.

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  5. I typically will not read a book more than once. I read Little Girl Lost (Drew Barrymore) when I was a teen a few times. I re-read Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I will be re-reading The Great Gatsby. I have so many books on my to be read list, I don’t want to go back and re-read. I did read a book twice – on accident – which represents how much I liked it, seeing I never remembered reading it until half way through.

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    April 12, 2013
  6. I don’t reread many books because I’m reading 3 books a week and they are all new to me. That said, I stumbled across an Urban Fantasy Romance author several years ago, D.B. Reynolds, and I have read her novel, RAPHAEL, three times. Pure entertainment.I will probably read it again when I crave a sexy, action filled escape.

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    April 12, 2013
  7. No, I am not a repeat reader but I can watch a movie several times – best effort would be Top Gun. Many other movies are watched more than once. I think I watch it a least once a year. If I read or listen or thirty books a year I have done well. No time for repeat reading.

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    April 12, 2013
  8. Certain book need to be read again. A Nevil Shute, Kosinskil and the great Dante’s books make me wander back into them. Today I’m reading the George Martin series. His books must be read again. So much going on.

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    April 12, 2013
  9. I must confess I reread, or better maybe, really read most of the required books from school. Who, at the ages of 14 through 18, really read them with the attention and needed depth of comprehension? I didn’t! And by the age of 23 I felt I needed to fill the gap. I read all the classics from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf and got stuck on J.J.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy for 7 times in a row reread! Know it by heart was my motto! Every once in a while I’ll get out of the shelf for a refresh. 🙂

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    • Good point. I almost don’t count books I read in high school, at least “literary” books, because I just didn’t get their importance. So I’m definitely more prone to re-read books I read in high school.

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      April 12, 2013
  10. I haven’t read a book more than once since school. I don’t like watching movies a second time but oddly can sit through endless re-runs of The Big Bang Theory. Go figure!

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    April 12, 2013
    • Haha. My wife loves that show!

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      • Lucille #

        Me too!

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      • I don’t know anyone who has watched it who doesn’t. It has universal appeal.

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        April 12, 2013
  11. I’m rereading a 1100 page book a year after the first time (infinite jest) and I’m 1/3 through. It’s possible and it’s entertaining

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    April 12, 2013
  12. Yes, I reread books. I love certain phrases I love to roll them in my mouth like chocolates. I love repeating the emotion I have with certain books…I’m a dork, I know.

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  13. bba #

    “And I just don’t get it because I’m thinking…you know what’s about to happen!” This seems silly to me. It’s like you are presupposing that plot is the only take away from a well told story.

    I’ve re-read some of my favorite books several times, same with movies. Personally, if it is a well told story or richly layered, you are cheating yourself by not revisiting it. You undoubtedly will pick up on subtleties missed the first time through precisely because you know what is about to happen next.

    Do you stop listening to songs too when you know all the words or beats?

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    • I agree. “Why see Lincoln? You already know he’s going to get shot at the end.” This point of view has never made a bit of sense to me. You may know the plot (what happens), but the narrative (how it happens) is always there to be explored. And, as you say, a well-rendered narrative is going to make new impressions on you every time.

      Though I haven’t kept count, I would guess my most often reread book is Pride and Prejudice. It’s short, it’s quick, it’s delightful. Ten or twelve times I’ve read it at least. I’ve also read Jane Eyre at least five times. I just reread The Age of Innocence for the third time. Oh, and Dorothy Parker stories! There was a period during college when I would read Parker’s Portable, finish it, then turn back to the first page and start again.

      I do like comfy, familiar things. So much so that sometimes I actually have to challenge myself to read/see/experience something new.

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      April 12, 2013
    • I’ve re-read some of my favorite books several times as well, as I mentioned in the post. I’m just saying I don’t make a general habit of re-reading novels. I have to really, really, really appreciate a novel to take the time to read it again.

      And the quote about my wife was in reference to movies, which, to me, are totally different than books. I don’t enjoy watching movies a second time like my wife does. Just can’t do it because I don’t pick up on the subtleties like I do with books. That’s just me though.

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      • bba #

        Then how would you ever realize that The Dude post-dates a $.69 check in The Big Lebowski?

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    • I hardly ever reread books… with only a few exceptions. I think that I may have read “Anne of Green Gables” 4 or 5 times, and I have read “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier 3 times or so. I agree with what bba said above. I reread these books because I have fallen in love with the specific character and the story. I may even read these books again. I’ve read the rest of the Anne series, but for some reason I just can’t get enough of that first book.

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  14. Ryan #

    I have not really reread a book. The closest I have come is listening to the audiobook of something I have already read. However, in future years, I could certainly see revisiting something that I have read before, especially a book where I might have missed something or read too quickly (like anything by Faulkner or Pynchon).

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  15. I absolutely love to re-read books but the catch is to wait several years in between. For example-one of my favorite books read in school was, “Of Mice and Men”. I remember how much I loved Lenny and how difficult it was as a child for me to accept the ending. Later reading it again in my early 20’s, I identified more with Curly’s wife and felt her plight. When I read the book in my 30’s I cried for George and finally understood the compassion he must have had all along to do what he did.
    Another Author I love to read several times is Stephen King. His work is truly timeless.It amazes me how books like the Stand can have such different symbolism at different stages of my life. For me, Captain trips represented Aids in the 80’s, terrorist in the millennium, and an actual flu just last year.
    Most of us aren’t the same person we were 10 years ago so why not re-read something. You’re bound to find a new story most of the time!

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    • Yep. My favorite books, like Gatsby, I’ll re-read, but I have to wait at least 5 years or so in between. And age definitely can change the way you view a book.

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  16. I re-read all the time! I have my favorite annual reads – LOTR, The Hobbit, anything from Christie! These are my go-to books when I need respite and solace from a difficult read or just for fun! It doesn’t matter that I know what happens…there’s always something new waiting to be discovered with each read! Although with Christie – it’s good that I have a horrible memory – coz I often forget whodunit despite having read every book several times 😛

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  17. If the book is worthy it gets put on the shelf for a possible re-read. If not, it gets put in a box for re-sale.

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  18. Lucille #

    My second visits have been to Zola’s Germinal, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Mark Halpern’s Winter’s Tale (3 times), Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and a few others from my book group list. (We could not suggest a book that we had not read and i would re-read before our discussion.) I want to re-read a few of Jane Gardam’s books and I just finished Kate Atkinson’s newest, Life After Life, and I know I will read it again. But double-readings are going to be rare now. At my age, I can’t afford to take the time away from first readings!

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    • Photos close to home #

      Just finished a re-read of Bovary, but this time with 50 years more experience in life than the first time around. I missed so very much that first time, especially how beautifully he wrote.

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  19. Lucille #

    I am curious to know why some books are worth a second reading. For me, it’s akin to the sense of going back to a favorite vacation spot, of spending time with people I love, or visiting a time in history about which I have learned more since the first reading. Other commenters have said that once you know how the story ends, why bother? That’s probably true of a plot-driven story. I think a character-driven story is much more appealing than a plot-driven story. And sometimes, with amazing writers, I just want to see how he or she did that wonderful thing.

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  20. I definitely don’t re-read too many books. It’s got to be very special to be re-read twice. The only books that come to mind are the Harry Potter novels, but they were so full of substance, it was like reading them for the first time anyways.

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  21. Joy #

    I don’t generally go back to a book I have read before, nor movies that I have watched before, but I have with a few. Among them several of the Harry Potter series (because I read them so fast the first time, I went back to either catch details or refresh before the movies came out), and Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon – one of my favorite books of all time, I love a good survivor story!

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  22. Dominick Sabalos #

    I must have read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at least a couple of dozen times by now. For several years when I was younger it was basically always the second or third book I read.

    There are also some writers (or books) which really invite rereads. The ineffable Gene Wolfe – a sci fi/ fantasy author who you should totally include on a list if you ever plan to make future attempts to read sci fi – comes to mind.

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  23. I can rarely read a book more than once. Strictly because I can anticipate the next set of words so it gets boring after a few pages. With movies it’s a mindless game, I can watch movies more than once and later I start memorizing the script, which I enjoy doing. Knowing my favorite characters lines and saying at the same time as they do. Books, you can kind of do the same thing but I’m not doing a Shakespeare, so I try to just make note of my favorite parts and leave it as is.

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  24. Thank you for the book recommendations, I too rarely read books more than once, though with films I don’t mind as much. I cannot wait to start reading The Great Gatsby for the first time (I know!) but one book I have read more than once is Hothouse Flowers by Lucinda Riley, as the story is so diverse and characters are so interesting it never gets boring. xo

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  25. Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon I’ve read more than a few times, along with Beloved. I read City of Thieves last year, and can’t wait to read that again.

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  26. Dean #

    I am sure you know that the Great Gatsby was filmed at Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah. I have been there many times, and it is such a beautiful place!

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  27. josh gibson #

    I first read a comic book version of the The Call of the Wild when I was in the second grade (I was six). My mother was a reading teacher and my father a prolific reader. They gave me this comic book as a way of introducing me to what has become a life long obsession (reading). I got a hold of the novel when I was eight and have been hooked on Buck ever since. I must have read this book at least twelve times.

    We lived in four cities in three states by the time I was ten. I was a shy child who found it hard to make friends and even harder to lose them. So books became my friends and this was my best friend for the rest of my childhood. That’s what good books are for me even to this day-good friends. I love to visit with them every so often. They bring with them the comfort of something old and the excitement of the new things I catch every time I read them.

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  28. Jodie #

    I do reread some books, ones with complex plots or really good writing. To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Time Traveller’s Wife are good rereads.

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  29. I’ve read Huckleberry Finn three or four times as it’s one of my favorite books. I can also waste a lot of time rereading lesser books in a piecemeal way. Like another commenter, I’ve reread Wuthering Heights; in my case I think it was out of a kind of frustration.

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  30. I reread my favourites every few years. Wuthering Heights is probably near the top of the list. Love in the Time of Cholera as well.

    I’ve heard of people who reread their favourites every year or two. That seems excessive. For me, it’s tough to justify, because I’m a (relatively) slow reader. A book is going to take me at LEAST a week, usually quite a few weeks. So I’m always thinking of the new books I COULD be reading.

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  31. I agree. I don’t read and re-read books normally, or watch and re-watch movies. Into the Wild is one of the few movies I’ve watched in the last decade that I have been able to re-watch and enjoy just as much the second time though, so I can imagine how you could read that book more than once!

    First of all, I am such a slow reader in the first place, I couldn’t imagine needing to soak in all the details of a book over again. But, there are a select few books by authors who are just too good to be done with in one shot that I have fallen back into reading again: Tolkien’s The Hobbit and LotR Trilogy, Lewis’s Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lammott’s Bird by Bird, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Honestly, I can’t think of anything else I’ve ever read more than once other than those books. All of them were better the second time around for sure. I will say, the only way I could ever read something over again is if it was high quality writing. The type that changes with your perspective and time spent with it and its ideas. That way, it’s I’m not really reading the same book again, because I’m not the same reader.

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  32. I love rereading books, I find that I come across something new, or take a different meaning or perspective from the text every time I read it. The book I reread most often is a little bit of a cliché, its Pride and Prejudice. P&P is my go-to book whenever something big happens in my life, good or bad, or whenever I just need a break, I open it at a random spot in the story and I’m instantly sucked into the narrative.
    I’m like this with pretty much all Jane Austen works, they have a hold over me, and the narrative is so unexpectedly dense and interesting that it almost calls out for further and deeper reading 🙂
    Love the blog by the way, huge fan here in Dublin! 😀

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  33. Notorious repeat reader. Worst offenses: “Dune” 4 times, “1984” 5 times, “Last Exit To Brooklyn” 3 times, “Dracula” 3 times, and all-time worst offense, “Frankenstein” 6 times.

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  34. “The Thief Lord” was a great book that I re-read. If I enjoyed the book, ill re-read it as sometimes I forget after a while what happened. ( bad memory) “The Da Vinci Code” another book I enjoyed a few years ago but am thinking of reading again. (I have the film but the film is not as good s the book)

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  35. I am definitely pro-re-reading, I love reading through a favourite book again and finding something which I’d missed the first (or third!) time. I’m ashamed/proud to say that I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire about 10 times when I was waiting for number 5 to come out! And Gatsby is a great re-read, it’s such a detailed book with really subtle imagery that you get a better picture in the second read. My re-reading is mostly comfort reading though, for when I just need to chill out and not concentrate so hard, so I only re-read my absolute favourites!

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  36. I’ve never been much of a repeat reader, but the one book I could read again and again and never tire of is Moby-Dick.

    As for films, I will watch my favorites over and over and over…

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  37. I am absolutely a re-reader. I will do it for different reasons. If a book is a particular favorite — The Great Gatsby, for example, or Pride and Prejudice — I will re-read just for the pleasure of the language and the story. What I have found is that reading the same book at different points can lead to a completely different interpretation of the story. I also will re-read sometimes as a comfort thing — if I’m really tired or going through a hard time, it can be nice to read something familiar. Then there are the books that I read more than once because they simply can’t be grasped or fully appreciated in a single reading. George RR Martin is an example: so many characters, so many subplots, all masterfully interwoven but sometimes difficult to keep straight. I re-read all of the GoT books this past summer and definitely picked up on additional nuances on my second read-through that I missed the first time.

    I will watch movies more than once too. I’m a screenwriter, so part of the re-watching is analysis, trying to fully appreciate what the writer did with the structure and dialogue.

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    • Hi Aimee! This is the first comment that I saw talking about the familiarity appeal of rereading, which really resonates with me because I do the same thing with music – I can listen to a song dozens of times over the course of a few weeks, and every time I enjoy it.

      Same with books, although books are longer commitments so it’s rare for me to reread them several times. I have read The Great Gatsby 3 times(?) so far, and I’ve got a fondness for the old epic, Beowulf.

      Analysis also plays a huge part into it. I’m an aspiring novelist myself, so seeing how symbolism and foreshadowing work is something I’m a bit OCD about. Haha 🙂

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  38. ajcarr123 #

    I have only repeatedly read two books in my life. Those books are ‘This Book Will Save Your Life’ by A M Holmes and ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. The only reason for re-reading these books was because I was in school when I read them originally and they both swiftly became my favourite books so when I went to uni I thought it would be a good idea to read them again and see if I still found them as amazing… I did.

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  39. I admit it, I am that serial reader chick. I have special books I will not lend out *and ashamedly* I tell people they are not mine, as I can’t bear to part with them.

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  40. I’m a real re-reader. Sometimes just for the language, for example I’ll read pride and prejudice over an over again just for the wit. Other books are my ‘comfort’ books. Like a comfort blanket for grown ups, knowing the plot, the characters and the words intimately makes a safe place to escape when life’s rough. I mostly pick up the time travellers wife when times are difficult.

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    • arianabiscuit #

      I completely agree with you. Firstly for the Pride and Prejudice wit – something that leaves me ineffably happy after each read. Secondly, for the comfort. It’s incredible how those pages are akin to words like “It’s okay.” and “You’re not alone.”

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  41. arianabiscuit #

    I reread books and watch movies over and over again! I think it’s just that the story never tires me. A Taste of Tea is one of those movies I’ve watched about… 13 times? My most-read book would be The Book Thief.

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  42. I definitely re-read books I love (Little Women is one of them) and I also re-watch movies (the movies based on Jane Austen Books, The Lord of the Rings, even some teen movies like Ten things I hate about you). I think that sometimes re-read a book or re-watch a movie makes me appreciate it even more.

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  43. kbeck13 #

    I read books over and over again: if they are good. I think a book should be read more than once because you can’t pick out all the gems during the first dig. The books I’ve read about four times are Bag of Bones and Misery by Stephen King, Harry Potter series and I’ve read The Stand by Stephen King twice as well as East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I want to read Wicked again.

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  44. One of my literature profs told us that he read Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being once a year. I didn’t get it then, but I do now. Each reading brings a new connection, understanding, or realization, so yes, I reread some of my favorites, but like most of the commenters here, I usually wait years before revisiting.

    My favorite re-reads are Austen’s P&P, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. 🙂

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  45. I am a re-reader.

    Books I’ve re-read the most: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Walden by Thoreau, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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  46. i am definetly a repeat reader. Loving a book means I’ve sunk into the author’s universe, and when that happens I love to revisit again and again and again. <3333 Handmaid's Tale, Girls of Riyadh, Water For Elephants, Shadow of the Wind, Harry Potter…I could go on. 😀

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  47. There are books I’d like to reread, but with so many waiting to be read for the first time, it’s hard to put aside the list and pick up something up for the second time. That being said, I have reread only one book, Earth Abides by George Stewart. I’d like to reread Stranger in a Strange Land again, as an adult. I hope it stands the test of time for me.

    Movies are a much shorter commitment. There are movies I have watched fifteen, twenty times. They are the ones I buy and keep. Similarly, I do keep most of what I read, and even if I don’t reread my books, I do revisit them.

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  48. highschooledumacation #

    I always re-read books. I get so much more each time around than I did the previous time.
    The one book I am always re-reading is Catch 22. I underline everything that stands out that particular read. So sometimes I focus on characters or contradictions or humor, but I always look at it a different way. As soon as I finish reading Catch 22, I flip back to the first page and start over (I always keep about 5 diiferent books going at one time so I never get bored, but Catch 22 is always on my bedside table).

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  49. I find that I am ONLY a repeat reader. Almost. The time I have to read, enjoy, and really escape into a good book is so precious to me that I want a guarantee that the book will be worthy. It is not just the words-its the adventure.

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    • That’s very interesting, because that is EXACTLY how I am with movies. I only want to watch something I know I’ll love. I do read a lot more books, but it still feels like risky business. Reading is setting your mind up for a new beginning, and if that beginning sucks I don’t see how the day could get any worse.

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  50. Lately I have found myself rereading books that were required in grade school. It’s just a different perspective when you’ve not only grown up a bit but also get to read it on your own time, not having to study it for class discussion or write a paper on it. You simply get to enjoy it so much more. I’d say my favorite books to reread are The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring (but not the rest of the series). There’s something about leaving it at that point in the story that makes it so exhilarating even though I already know the ending.

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  51. I’ve read ‘The memoirs of a geisha’ by Arthur Golden three times and everytime it intrigues me in different ways. But being an English student at uni I’ve learnt to pick up minute details from the first reading but that doesn’t mean if I like a book I won’t retread it because I like to look over the notes I made too.

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  52. Two books I reread every few years and probably will for the rest of my life:
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    A Prayer For Owen Meany

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  53. I must say I am a HUGE YA fanatic! I have reread all of books buzzing through the news like the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Kelley Armstrong’s The Darkest Powers Serie, and the last one I have read so many times I should be ashamed (but I’m not) is the Twilight series.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone thinks it’s an over talked about book, but there’s a reason why it is so popular. I fell in love with it before it hit the big news, and once you fall in love with a character there is no going back. You are stuck and there is nothing you can do about it, no matter how many people say your crazy.

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  54. kiwigirlskiwiblog #

    It definitely depends on the book and why I am reading it. While at school I would read a book we were studying at least 3 times. For the reason To Kill a Mockingbird is pretty high up there. Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and The Cider House Rules are always good rereads. I think some books are great rereads as you get to find the clues and it becomes more exciting because you know what is going to happen.
    I always reread Harry Potter too, as I was too excited the first time round to read it slowly and properly – especially towards the end.

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  55. When I was a teenager:

    Harry Potter 1: twice
    Harry Potter 2: twice
    Harry Potter 3: twice
    Harry Potter 4: four times
    Harry Potter 5: 7 times
    Harry Potter 6: 5 times
    Harry Potter 7: twice

    Now,

    Can’t get past 100 pages of Rowling’s Casual Vacancy’s mundane vacuity!

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    April 14, 2013
  56. I sometimes reread books. I love surprises so I don’t often reread books but when I do, I wait until long before I reread them. Personally, I don’t think reread immediately right after you just finish reading it is something I would do. I like reread a book after a while. That’s when I get older, I have more experience or just simply that I am different from the time I read the book the first time. So I can feel the book differently. Things I didn’t realize before can give me new surprises from reading the old stuff.

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    April 14, 2013
  57. I love to reread books. When you do so you pick up on things that you missed on your first read. But it’s also great to just revisit the story and go through the motions again. My favorite books to reread are the Harry Potter series, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “The Neverending Story,” and “World History for Dummies.”

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    April 14, 2013
  58. Rereading all Harry Potters, PS I love you is a definite reread, angelas ashes my favourite book of all time!!
    I will reread ant and decs biography aswell as patrick swayzes.
    Movies ill rewatch over n over again
    Dirty dancing
    Harry potter
    Pirates of the carribean
    Angelas ashes
    Enough
    the list is endless

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    April 14, 2013
  59. Jessica #

    Not necessarily on a yearly pattern, but I have reread “Anne of Green Gables” the most, along with Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”, Sena Jeter Naslund’s “Ahab’s Wife”, “Wuthering Heights”, and “A Wrinkle in Time”. It is a blend of nostalgia as well as picking up details I missed previously.

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    April 14, 2013
  60. Jessica #

    Oh, and “East of Eden”! 🙂

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    April 14, 2013
  61. There are a few books I read over and over – The Lord of the Rings, The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind. Often I’ll return to a book years after reading it because I’ve had a conversation about it with someone and remembered how much I loved it, or seen a news item about the author/book and wanted to relive the enjoyment of the book.

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    April 15, 2013
  62. It is a MUST for me to reread a book or rewatch a movie… every time I do, I always find something new..

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    April 17, 2013
  63. There are many books that I love to re-read. These include all the Jane Austin books, all Raymond Chandler books and so many more. Sometimes I will read a book and then read it over again to savor my favorite parts and to study how something is written, including phrasing, use of adjectives and adverbs and punctuation, Crazy I know.

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    April 17, 2013
  64. I am not much of a repeat reader. I just have so many books on my to-read list that I feel like I’ll never get through it. If I start rereading books I’ve already read than I definitely won’t.

    But there are a few books that I absolutely love and I know I will definitely want to revisit them again eventually.

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    April 18, 2013
  65. I read Anna Karenina twice. The horse race scene made my heart quicken both times. I read The Hobbit more times than I can recall. You can’t always glean everything in the first read.

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    April 18, 2013
  66. Most re-read? Pride & Prejudice. Need to re-read? All the Russians.

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    April 19, 2013
  67. I’ve read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card more times than I can count. And The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie. I’ve read The Elegance of the Hedgehog twice and know that I will read in at least a dozen more times. Same thing for The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte.

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    April 21, 2013
  68. I’m generally not a repeat reader unless I want to go over parts of a book where I feel I may have missed something.

    I recently finished reading A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I went straight back to re-read a lot of sections again. The series is so huge and so many references back and forth that I think a re-read is in order to appreciate the books more fully.

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    April 23, 2013
  69. I’m reading the Great Gatsby, I’ve been thinking that I will re-read it because the words have so much to think about. (personally, i rarely re-read books, but some movies I would re-watch over and over again)

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    April 28, 2013
  70. I have re-read certain parts of a book that I really loved (its actually why i now bookmark every one of my favourite parts of a book as i am reading it) but when I read a book that makes me emotional, i haven’t been able to re-read the whole book and get emotional again because I just want to skip certain parts and get to the point since i know the ending anyway

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    May 30, 2013
  71. I’ve read several Kay Hooper books more than once, and Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz at least 3 times. Also Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano and Cruel Justice by M. A. Comley. If I love a book I can enjoy it many, many times.

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    June 30, 2013

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