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22nd-Jan-2010 02:41 pm
miss spider
Poll #1515201 Well Read Books

How often does it happen that you come across a book you like so much that you re-read it? (Not required reading, but for your own pleasure.)

Never or almost never
Once in a while (sayyyy, a few times)
Often (sayyy, you have re-read many, many, many books)

Name a book (or more in comments in you like!) that was so good you re-read it -- maybe one you recently re-read.

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22nd-Jan-2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
I don't reread much for just the reason you state -- I figure that I should probably try something new instead of something I've already read.

On the other hand, if I wait a short time, I forget enough of the book I loved so dearly that rereading it is almost a fresh experience.

Right now I'm re-reading for the third or fourth time Bridget Jones's Diary. I have a ton of books that I haven't read before, but I am compelled to re-read this one AGAIN. What is wrong with me?
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22nd-Jan-2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
What is The Discworld series about (or should I google?)?
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22nd-Jan-2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Wait a sec. Wait a sec... Is Night Watch part of that series?

A bookseller told me that it would be the best book I EVER READ. She went on and on about how I HAD TO BUY THIS BOOK. Well, she hyped it a bit too much for me. I finished it, but I didn't feel that I really GOT it and I was frustrated. Nor did I know it's part of a gigantic series!
22nd-Jan-2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
There is comfort in the re-read.
22nd-Jan-2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm probably somewhere between the second and third option (though I went with the third). I definitely don't re-read the majority of the books that I read, but I read a ton of books, so that means that I do re-read a fair amount. (If that sentence made sense. It's all about proportions.)
22nd-Jan-2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I get ya. I wonder if there is ANYBODY who re-reads a MAJORITY of the books they read, because really, I have finished many books that I feel only eh about...
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22nd-Jan-2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe I was just ready to come out of Bridget Jones's closet. I notice you did not mention anything about Harry or Potter or fanfic (*orsnapehermione*).

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22nd-Jan-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I exposed you. I really do feel better about myself now that I threw you to the wolves, though.
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22nd-Jan-2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
The movie and book are so different, but similar enough that whenever I read the book, I picture Renee Zellweger. I wonder if there is Bridget Jones fanfic out there. I wonder if reading it would ruin Bridget Jones for me.
22nd-Jan-2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re-reading is awesome! I always catch so many things I missed the first (or second or third) time around. Also, I forgot to put in the re-read answer that I've read Gone With the Wind 2x, also Rebecca 3x, Love is Eternal, The Thorn Birds, and The Secret Garden more times than I can count. I'd really like to reread The Angle of Repose or The Red Tent, but I promised myself I'm going to read the book Dave gave me for Christmas (*cough*lastyear*cough*)
22nd-Jan-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
That's it. That is IT. I am going to read Count of Monte Cristo now. Because I believe we are booktwins. Or booksoulmates. Or whatever it is when two people happen to absolutely adore the same books. Rebecca? Check. The Secret Garden? Check. Gone with the Wind? Thorn Birds? Check Check Check Check.

Ohhh, you should read Morgan's Run; historical fiction at its best.

The Red Tent -- yes, you need to read that one!!
22nd-Jan-2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUV historical fiction. *makes note to check into Morgan's Run* I'm getting ready to read Storm Over the Land, about the civil war (my favorite era to read about).

And, yes, I've already read The Red Tent a couple of times... considering a third! lol

Also, I've reaad The Count of Monte Cristo 3x. The unabridged. I loved it THAT much. And I didn't want it to end. That's the worst part about the book... is that it had to end.

Edited at 2010-01-22 09:42 pm (UTC)
22nd-Jan-2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, re-read Red Tent, gotcha. I loaned it out and...it didn't come back. Ha.

I read Morgan's Run before the Thorn Birds, on a recommendation from my friend, and man, I loved it. That's actually why I read The Thorn Birds. I liked her book about the Caesars, too.
22nd-Jan-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I have a few books that I tend to go back to when I want a "comfort read" - including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and some Sherlock Holmes stories.

I also re-read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings at least once or twice a year.

Most books, though, I'll read once and not usually go back to again.
23rd-Jan-2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I have read the Hobbit, but Lord of the Rings is still sitting on my bookshelf. I have this feeling I would like it if I read it, but still...it sits.
23rd-Jan-2010 12:01 am (UTC)
I am a really slow reader. (At least a page a minute depending on the material.) I read a lot and I'm not dyslexic or in some other way learning disabled, but I'm just a really slow reader. For that reason and the fact that there are always so many new books out there to read, I've only ever reread two books.
23rd-Jan-2010 12:03 am (UTC)
You probably get a lot more out of a book than a person like me who skims at times.
23rd-Jan-2010 06:06 am (UTC)
I re-read books regularly. Since I purchase most of the books I read, it would seem an awful waste not to get a lot of use out of them (and I'll always know, going in, that I will enjoy it!).
23rd-Jan-2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
I read mostly non-fiction so most of it, that I like, is great when it comes to re-reading. But of the novels I've read, I like to put them away in one of our bookcases and leave them for a year or a few years and re-read. To me, a book is FOR re-reading, otherwise it might just as well be on a library shelf. I like to re-read books and I like to own them.
24th-Jan-2010 05:22 am (UTC)
I used to reread books quite a bit, and I have some books that I read every year or something along those lines, but as I get older, there are not many anymore.
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