I seem to only be able to read most books one time. I love reading and have read to many books to count but there are only a few books I can read more then once or twice.
I will now give you an example :) (Using John's books of course!)
The first of his books that I read was Paper Towns. I loved it so much that a week ago I got it from the library. I started to read it but quickly lost interest. I love the book but can't seem to get into it again!
Then I read Looking for Alaska. I think it's one of the best books ever. Never had a book made me cry until I read LFA! My mom thought I was weird for buying a book I had already read from the library. Now I've read my copy three times bringing the total up to four. It was probably my best purchase in a long, long time!
So my question is. Do you read books more then once or twice? If so, what ones?
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I'm usually a big re-reader, but mainly with series of books rather than lone books. As in, I read the entirety of the Series of Unfortunate Events (13 books) about half a dozen times one year, haha.
I think my love of re-reading old favourites can be summed up in this Cornelia Funke quote:
“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.”
I love picking up a book I read years ago and remembering what it felt like to read it for the first time. I have been known to pick up a book I read in high school, just to flick through and have a bit of a nostalgia sesh and have ended up reading the entire thing through to the end without noticing, haha.
However, I've officially labelled this year "The Year of No Re-Reading!" I set myself the 50 Book Challenge, and to make it an actual challenge, I decided that they would all be new books. And honestly, this has been the best reading year of my life. I've read about 35 new books so far, and it's been so much more intellectually stimulating than just re-reading all my old favourites. Although I can tell that I'm already itching to re-read some of the ones I've recently finished, I'm going to stick with the challenge and expand my horizons a little more :)
There aren't a whole lot of books I reread, but I do like to go back to my absolute favorite books from time to time. Most often these are the books that have had a huge impact on my life, and I like to go back to those when I'm in need of some inspiration. I'm actually reading Looking for Alaska for the fourth or fifth time at the moment.
I used to read the Harry Potter books over and over and over when I was younger, but there are so many books out that I want to read right now that I don't really have the time (or the interest, for that matter).
I have to LOVE a book to re-read it. I like a lot of books, but I don't LOVE many. Some that I've re-read: Ella Enchanted, The Hobbit, The Bronze Bow, Little Women, The Chronicles of Narnia, Redwall books, Cape Refuge Series.
Some books don't lend themselves to just one reading. They are too complex and demand that we delve more deeply into them. I find that more often than not I will go back through books searching for specific places and begin reading again from there. But I believe that when we read a book, it becomes a part of who we are and how we view the world. So read and re-read! And just because you love a book but can't read it twice doesn't mean that the book isn't awesome, or that you'll never read it again. Falling in love with a book is like having a really good piece of chocolate. You may not want chocolate again just that second, but I bet you'll keep thinking about how good it was and go back for more later. Give it some time, a story sometimes needs time to settle into us and make its mark. Books I've re-read over the years include Harry Potter(all); The Book Thief by MarkusZusak; The God of Small Things by Arundahti Roy; The Seven Secret Senses AND the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan; and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong:) oh and one more needs mentioning A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith!
I actually can't re-read any book, no matter how interesting it is. All the suspense is gone and I find myself skipping a lot of stuff, or just putting the book down.
Books I've read more than once and the read count:
Harry Potter series - 7 times (this is a rough estimate, and the first books have probably been read a few times more, but if anything I'm under-shooting with my number here)
Catch 22 - 2
The Fountainhead - 2
Atlas Shrugged - 2
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series - 2
That's what I can remember. There's so much I'm eager to read that I tend not to reread often, but sometimes a book demands it.
I only very rarely read books again because I'm such an incredibly slow reader. The only books I seem to be able to re-read are the Harry Potters and most of Eoin Colfer's books.
I re-read books all the time. Not all of them, and rarely soon after. I like doing it especially if I really like the character/s (Vimes, Carrot and Granny Weatherwax et al springs to mind) or if I liked part of a book; re-reading it I can skip the long boring dialogue/exposition bits and go straight for the action (this is admittedly a bit like only watching the lobby scene in the first Matrix movie, but it's so good!)
Some books take me a lot longer to process but I still know I will have to read them again, if only to take in things I might've missed the first time around. And I must be a pretty bad reader cause I'm still finding passages in books I've read 5 or 6 times that I never remember reading before!
Night Watch and Small Gods were two of these books. So were His Dark Materials. I suspect TFiOS is going to be one too.
Then there are the books I can't wait to read again just because they were so well written or the story was so good or whatever. Speaking of which, if you haven't read Greg Bear's books "The Infinity Concerto" and "The Serpent Mage" I strongly suggest you do so.
I'm loathe to ever give books away because I just know I'll want to read it again someday and then it won't be there.
I re-read all the time. When I get bored (or can't sleep) I sit down and if I don't have anything new to read I'll just grab a book off my shelf and start it over. Lately I've been reading a lot of John Green- Although that was just in preperation for TFiOS. I wanted to get back into his style of reading. However, I'll re-read any book that I own if I liked it enough.
READ THE NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY BY BRENT WEEKS! YOU WONT REGRET IT!