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Have you ever read a book more than once

Post: # 116663Post old tree man
Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:17 am

I have, ever since i was a young man my old school teacher introduced me to "The Hobbit",
i have read it so many times i can't remember how many, when i read it i drift off into the world of bilbo baggins, the book comes to life and i am oblivious of the real world it is so relaxing, even at my age its a lovely way of escaping.
the story the characters the shire all comes to life.

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Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:22 am

Oh yes, oh yes... If I didn't read books more than once, I'd be missing a lot! There's some books that I hardly want to read once, but others that I need to re-read on a regular basis, and I discover new stuff in them every time. (The Hobbit is one of them, of course. :wink: "His dark materials" belong to that category, too.)
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Post: # 116667Post MikeM
Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:23 am

I have a handful (or so) of fiction books that regularily get re read, LOTR is one, and I'm a big fan of Robert Rankin, and his brentford trilogy etc get a frequent dusting off.
I do tend to re read non fiction quite a lot.
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:36 am

Sometimes. I find you get a lot more out of books the second time around, but there are always so many new books that I'm always tempted to go on to something else...
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Post: # 116676Post hedgewitch
Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:10 am

I often read books numerous times as well.
LOTR I read and then read it straight after (there was just so much to take in).

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Post: # 116679Post Russian Doll
Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:42 am

yes yes yes..i never throw books out i read them over and over

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Post: # 116692Post oldfella
Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:23 pm

Earths Children, Hornblower, to name two of a few, and as I get older and the short term memory go's, they get even better. :roll:
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Post: # 116694Post old tree man
Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:25 pm

Has anyone read the Duncton wood series, i also enjoyed reading those to.
another favourite of mine was A A Mann the portals thats a really good sci fi novel

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Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:20 pm

Mmmmm, do children's books count?

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Post: # 116704Post Mainer in Exile
Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:28 pm

The Hobbit is one of the books I can read time and again, along with the The Lord of the Rings, Terry Pratchet's Discworld series, and Piers Anthony's Xanth books.
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Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:28 pm

For me its the 'Tales of the City' sequence. They're set mostly in San Francisco from the mid 70s onwards and follows the lives of the tenants of 28 Barbary Lane. I was given the first book when I was 16, and quickly gained the other five in the series. I've read them so much that they're falling apart now!
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Post: # 116753Post Mrs Moustoir
Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:32 am

I feel like the only person in the world who hasn't read the LOTR trilogy. My OH reads and rereads them and keeps on at me to give them a go. Did read the Hobbit at school though and was quite a fan of Duncton Wood too. I must reread Watership Down and get my daughter (age 10) to read it too.

I reread Pat Barker's "Regeneration" trilogy recently. Brilliant - brings home the futility of war.

Also - I receltly remembered a sci-fi book called the Tenth Planet by Edmund Cooper I read years and years ago. It was written in the early 70s - about an over polluted earth, food crises/famine and war (cheery - huh?). Managed to find a copy on ebay and read it again. It was amazing how prophetic it was! The only thing that grated a bit was the attitude of male characters to the females - but I suppose that reflected the time when it was written.

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Post: # 116754Post eccentric_emma
Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:41 am

You're not alone - I haven't read the LOTR trilogy either! I never got on with the Hobbit either. Not sure why just never appealed.

I used to re-read quite a bit but now I just can't stop buying books. Although currently I'm reading the Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell. I only bought it a week and a half ago and I've read through it 3 times and it looks like I've owned it for years! I've re-read all the Harry Potter books too (just a big kid really!), can't get enough of them, I even listen to the audio books over and over again as its Stephen Fry reading it - very very good.
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Post: # 116762Post mrsflibble
Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:25 am

Yes. I do re read books. some I get rid of after one read, but most I keep.

Devil on my Back and Dreamcatcher by Monica Hughes come off my shelf at least once a year each. they're kid's (teen) fantasy fiction and I first read DOMB when I was about 11. I fell fo utterly in love with it that it spent more time out of the library than it did in the library. one day I went to the library to get it out again and couldn't find it. aparently it was so well worn that they'd stuck it in the paperback sale. I bought it for 10p!!!

The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger by Lois Lowry; again books from my escapist teenage. Well; the Giver is. I read that when I was about 13. A few years ago when I heard she was still writing I bought messenger and gathering blue (some of the few books I bought brand new). I bought messenger and gathering blue as bnooks in their own right, only to find they're all connected; bonus! :D

Time Traveller's Wife Audrey Niffenegger; fab book. read about 4 times since I bought it.

My Lynda Page collection normally gets read then passed around my mum and my mum in law before coming back to me like an old friend.

My 1970's paperback copies of the John Wyndham Collection: Day of the Triffids, The Kracken Wakes, Chrysalids, Midwich Cookoos, Trouble with Lichen, Chocky. Most only read once, but kept as they're a box set. I do however read Chrysalids and Midwich Cookoos one heck of a lot.

Douglas Adams is also a favorite of mine: The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe,Life, The Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish, and Mostly Harmless. This group is still referred to as a Trilogy because DA was a very random person.

I'm also sorry to say I'm a big Dan Brown fan. I did not enjoy the film made of the Da Vinci Code though. I've not only read that one though. I also own Digitl Fortress, Deception Point and Angels and Demons.

I used to be a massive fan of James Herbert until I watched Garth Marenghi's Dark Place and saw what a parody of J he really was. Also, The Others was total poo IMHO. I have kept a few of my faves though; Rats, Lair, Domain,(trilogy of rat based horror books), 48 and finally, Shrine.

omg i read one hell of a lot lol!!!
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Post: # 116788Post Mrs Moustoir
Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:46 am

I love this thread!

John Wyndham - MUST read them again.

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