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03-06-2013, 03:38 PM
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Books you have read multiple times

Many people read some books multiple times over the years - even knowing how the story turns out.

Certain books seem to lend themselves to multiple readings.

- The literary canon that you read first in HS/College and didn't appreciate that you later revisited.
- Books (or series of books) with lots of details and foreshadowing, where on each re-read you pick up details and connections you missed previously.
- Books with emotional or philosophical depth that make you feel or think even on a re-read.
- Books that are just damned interesting or entertaining.
- Books with some deep personal meaning or connection.

There are many books that I've re-read 2 or 3 or many times over the years. Some I re-read every couple of years.

So what are the books that you have re-read multiple times?

I'll ignore books that I've had to read multiple times for purely academic reasons and books I've read to my kids.

A quick list off the top of my head ...

George Orwell - 1984, Animal Farm
Joseph Heller - Catch-22
Tolkien - Silmarillion,Hobbit,LotR
GRRM - Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, Storm of Swords, Feast for Crows - I haven't done a re-read of Dance w/ Dragons yet.
Bram Stoker - Dracula
Mary Shelley - Frankenstien
Douglas Adams - pretty much everything
William Goldman - The Princess Bride
Shakespeare - Macbeth, Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III
Tom Wolfe - Right Stuff, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Jack Kerouac - On the Road
Frank Herbert - Dune
Harlan Ellison - too much to list
Isaac Asimov - too much to list
Dashell Hammett - Maltese Falcon, Thin Man, Dain Curse, Red Harvest, Glass key
Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely, The Long Goodbye
Shelby Foote - The Civil War


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Lol 1984 and Harry Potter.

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Those Sherlock Holmes short stories (there are 4 novels as well but 56 short stories I've re-read). THose are floating online in lots of places and I even foudn the entire Sherlock Holmes canon on sale for $4 from thirftbooks.com so I like going through them once in a while, so well written.

Also some hockey history books.

I also try to collect any hockey magazine I can find online plus I try to buy McKeen's and Forecaster's annual pool guides and the THN Future Watch/Draft Preview. They all have descriptions of players so it's cool to come back to them and re-read it later on. It's pretty neat for example to go through the The Hockey News Yearbook from 2005.

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If you're into SF and have a few favourites, reading them every ~5 years will only reinforce how well you can relate the metaphors in the novel to the real world, typically. Or that is what I have found, at least.

Most PK Dick reads well in this sense. He was super paranoid.

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Doctor Zhivago
The Sheltering Sky
The Time Traveler's Wife
War and Peace
The Once and Future King
Crime and Punishment
The Master and Margarita
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Three Day Road

Some Conan Doyle, Chandler, Hammet, and Christie
Lots of Shakespeare

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I've read The Perks of Being a Wallflower twice.

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Lots of Shakespeare and other plays.

The Ender's Game series and the Bean series that goes with it.

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Doctor Zhivago
The Sheltering Sky
The Time Traveler's Wife
War and Peace
The Once and Future King
Crime and Punishment
The Master and Margarita
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Three Day Road[/B]
Some Conan Doyle, Chandler, Hammet, and Christie
Lots of Shakespeare
May I ask which ones?

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Infinite Jest
And yes, you should be impressed.
LotR
You can be less impressed about that :p
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Moby Dick
I swear I want to join a Japanese whaling boat everytime I read it
Ender's Game
Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune

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Everything by Hunter S. Thompson has been pored over a few times. Haven't bothered with anything else.

Will probably go over Blood Meridian, the Road, Child of God, Suttree and Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy again one day. All classics.

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Peter Pan. Not a picture book, the actual novel by J.M Barrie.

I read the original version and the Peter Fu**ing pan version. Basically the second version just had swear words inserted in different places. It was hysterical.

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Everything by William Gibson.
Everything by Iain (M) Banks.
Almost everything by Peter F. Hamilton.
Lots of true crime stuff about the Mafia and Bikers.
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs.
The Archangel trilogy by Sharon Shinn.
Blindsight and the Rifters trilogy by Peter Watts. (highly recommended for SF fans)
Some of the "Chopper" books by Mark (Chopper) Read, Australian standover man extraordinaire.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
Colony by Rob Grant.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.

Off the top of my head.

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The King James Bible - Purely for academic reasons, it helped me understand the numerous Biblical references in many of the texts below.

Beowulf - Seamus Heaney translation

History of the Kings of Britain - Geoffrey of Monmouth

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Marie Borroff translation

The Alliterative Morte Arthure - Valerie Krishna translation

The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

Hamlet, Antony & Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello - William Shakespeare

Paradise Lost - John Milton

Dracula - Bram Stoker

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The People of the Abyss (non-fiction) - Jack London

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Waiting For Godot (drama) - Samuel Beckett

Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

1984 - George Orwell

The Metamorphosis (novella) - Franz Kafka

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Süskind

Disgrace - J. M. Coetzee

Fight Club, Survivor, and Choke - Chuck Palahniuk

Tramp: Or the Art of Living a Wild and Poetic Life - Tomas Espedal

Short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Chekhov, Raymond Chandler, Kate Chopin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Flannery O’Connor, Tim O’Brien, Ernest Hemingway, and last but certainly not least, H. P. Lovecraft.

Poetry by Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Byshe Shelley, and Lord Byron.

I'm sure you can guess what I study


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Chuck Yeager's biography
Animal Farm (i have two copies in my house for some reason)
Typical High School requirements that i later appreciated (Gatsby, Mice and Men etc..)
Harry Potter series has been read about 6 times each
House of God
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Michael Jordan Biography, must've read it 100 times from the ages of 8-16

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I'll admit i've gone straight through all seven Harry Potters twice. It's fun to see how JKR progresses as an author. The last few books are really well done in my opinion.

I've read the Silmarillion four times probably (didn't totally get it all the first time). And I have to say I enjoy reading it more than the LOTR series... the stories are more 'epic' I feel.

Currently on the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire - A Dance with Dragons. Martins style has been VERY hard for me to adapt to, but it's definitely a nice change of pace. I never know wtf is going to happen (totally should not have emotionally invested myself in certain characters lol).

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I've probably read Jurassic Park at least five times.

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May I ask which ones?
Hamlet
King Lear
Macbeth
The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet
Richard III
Henry V
Julius Caesar
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Twelfth Night


I also try to keep up with whatever play is featured in the annual "Dream in High Park" (despite the title of the event, it's not always A Midsummer Night's Dream) during the summer, which takes place outdoors close to my neighbourhood.

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Off the top of my head I think these are the only ones I've reread more than once.

the stranger by albert camus
brave new world by aldous huxley
the alchemist by paulo coelho
and a few Bukowski novels.

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I've reread a lot of Michael Chricton. I particularly loved Sphere and Jurassic Park. I read more as a kid, so I've reread the Timothy Zhan Star Wars trilogy a few times.

I love to read, I just don't reread much.

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Hamlet
King Lear
Macbeth
The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet
Richard III
Henry V
Julius Caesar
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Twelfth Night


I also try to keep up with whatever play is featured in the annual "Dream in High Park" (despite the title of the event, it's not always A Midsummer Night's Dream) during the summer, which takes place outdoors close to my neighbourhood.
That's a great list. I try to re-read a few of Shakespeare plays every year. It's no surprise that everyone keeps going back to Hamlet. I suggest Antony & Cleopatra if you haven't read it yet, it's probably one of his more "underrated" texts.

I believe Montreal's annual outdoor Shakespeare production takes place on Westmount Park. Guess which play will be staged this summer

By the way, last time I was in Toronto (more than a decade ago), I used to stay with family not too far from High Park. I think the nearest subway station was called Runnymede.

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Catch-22 and LOTR for me. I might re-read GoT soon.

I've been meaning to re-try Catcher in the Rye. First time I read it I thought it sucked.

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lord of the rings
Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy
a couple stephen king books. The short novel that became Shawshank, It...

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