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    What have you read twice?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Normal, Feb 19, 2010.

    There are some books that I have in my collection that I have either loved so much that I wanted to read again (The Hobbit) or other more complicated books (The Greatest Show on Earth). I'm curious to see what people wanted to read again.:)
     
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    FiRsT!1!111!! lol
    Good topic

    1984 off the top of my head.
     
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    Let's see...

    Eunoia (Christian Bok): 5ish times
    Watchmen: 3 times
    Paradise Lost: 2 times
    Slaughterhouse Five: 2 times
    Anthem (Ayn Rand): 2 times
    Also Sprach Zarathustra: 2 times
    Crystallography (Christian Bok): 2 times
    Cosmos (Carl Sagan): 2 times
    Physics of the Impossible: 2 times
    The God Delusion: 2 times

    Also read through a bunch of random compilations of poetry and plays multiple times...T.S. Eliot, William Blake, Shakespeare, Sophacles, John Cage, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Keith Waldrop, and some others...

    Probably some others that I'm forgetting here too D:
     
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    I've also read the hobbit more than twice which would always lead to a subsequent reading of the entire lord of the rings trilogy. I can't explain it but it always turns out that way. I've also read the bulk of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels at least twice each. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is read more than 5 times in a year. i Also read a play called Glass Menagerie when i'm traveling. It never ceases to please my mind. I'm missing a couple of books which i have read only once and i hope to get them once i get paid:)
     
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    There are more, but off the top of my head these are the ones that I can remember reading a few times :

    The Divine Comedy -Dante
    Medea -Euripides
    The Bacchae -Euripides
    The Trojan Women -Euripides
    The Epic of Gilgamesh
    The Enuma Elish
    The Bhagavad Gita
    The Iliad
    The Odyssey
    The Aeneid
    The Bible
    The Republic -Plato
    The Consolation of Philosophy -Boethius
    The Birth of Tragedy -Frederich Nietzsche
    The Plague -Albert Camus
    Hamlet- Shakespeare
    Othello- Shakespeare
    The Winter's Tale- Shakespeare
    Midsummer Night's Dream- Shakespeare
    King Lear- Shakespeare
    Romeo and Juliet- Shakespeare
    Doctor Faustus- Marlowe
    Faust- Goethe
    The Heart of Darkness -Conrad
    1984 -Orwell
    Brave New World- Huxley
    Frankenstein- Shelley
    A Christmas Carol- Dickens
     
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    Any book I enjoyed the first time through, I will probably get around to reading it again.
    off the top of my head I can think of some


    Sideways Stories From Wayside(actually just finished it a second time today lol)
    Harry Potter Series(some of them only twice while others a few times)
    Inhertience Trilogy(guilty pleasure, and have read each book atleast twice)
    Ghost Next Door(Yay for Goosebumps...)
    From A Buick 8
    Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore
    Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore
    Streams of Silver by R.A. Salvatore (haven't read Halflings Gem again)
    Only Alien on the Planet


    uh, that seems to be all that I can remember at the moment.
     
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    I've read The Outsiders more than is probably healthy. I think I'm near the 10x mark with that one.

    The third Harry Potter got a lot of rereads. I thought that one had a good story and brilliant characters.

    I've read the Call of the Wild about 8 times and Jack London's short stories over and over again.

    Also off the top of my head, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Seize the Night by Dean Koontz, Fahrenheit 451, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, and my copy of Redwall are falling apart from rereads.
     
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    Not that there aren't books I would read twice. But when I finish a book I always move to something new. Lots of books and little time. I suppose, that when the world ends, I get a few hours notice. Then I'll pick my favorite and read it again. :)
     
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    I don't feel like I have the time to reread anything. I only started reading 14 months ago and I have alot of books to catch up to.
     
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    Every book I own has been read many times. I don't buy a book unless I know I'll read it again. Some that have been read a little more are David Edding's The Belgariad and The Mallorean, Jonathan Stroud's The Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Misenchanted Sword, Never Trust a Dead Man, and a few more I can't think of... I :love: books.
     
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    I don't reread often. I think that knowing what is comming next is a waste of a good story. Or something like that.

    Though from time to time. I do reread some books. Like when i have completely forgot about them or I have nothing else to read.
     
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    I re-read the story arc The Lost in the Gaunts Ghosts series that was even better the second time around :-D

    Traitor General
    His Last Command
    Armour Of Contempt
    and Only In Death

    Dan Abnett :love: haha
     
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    I think that Anne Rice's chronicles I reread. Something about the imagery and not necessarily the vampires. Oh! And a ring of endless light is another I like to reread. It was my happy place book when I was in high school
     
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    My happy place was inside a box. But yours makes more sense.
     
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    I don't read too many books a second time. The few exceptions are The Hobbit which I read twice, and then the Harry Potter series. I have no idea how many times I've read those books, but I think I've read most of them at least three times if not more.
     
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    i've read blood meridian at least 15 times, no kidding. one flew over the cuckoo's nest 7 or 8. huck finn about 5 times, catcher in the rye 3 or 4. kill that mockingbird 4 or 5, in cold blood 4 or 5 times, the stand about 7 or 8 times, lotr about 5 times. micheal herr's dispatches countless times - one of the great forgotten books, imho. the best wrting about war ever laid to paper. i've also read all of flannery o'conner many times, i don't like her novels as well as her short stories.
     
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    I've read Harry Potter so many times it's not even funny. I reread every book I love. :D So I've reread a lot of books!
     
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    I'll admit it... The Twilight series...
     
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    At least you admitted it. :p
     
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    HAHAHA! I shall leave the rest for the temporary Twilight thread ;)
     
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    Nearly every book I enjoyed, and even a few I hated. The second reading is often to learn how the writer managed to grab and keep my attention, and how the plot was developed. On the first reading, I don't know where te story is leading, so on the second reading, I can identify all the early hints and misdirections.\
     
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    Living on a budget, I don't get to buy as many books as I'd like. Therefore, the ones I do come by seem to get re-read on a semi-annual basis. Below are a few I found much more illuminating on the second (or third, or fourth) go-around:

    Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (It seems like I pick this up every few months, just to re-read certain parts. This book is a stroke of genius.)
    In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien (Probably the most underrated novel from this author, highly recommended)
     
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    I've read Wicked more than I can say. I LOVE THAT BOOK. So beautifully written. :)
     
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    1984, definitely. I only recently read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, but I certainly see myself rereading those down the line.
     
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    ^ Same with 1984. :D
     

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