Reread books
April 11, 2011 4:09 AM   Subscribe

What book have you reread the most often?
posted by Ardiril to Media & Arts (83 answers total)

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Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Lord of the Rings.
posted by hariya at 4:12 AM on April 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


This will probably get deleted as chatfilter- maybe you could explain why you're asking?
Anyway, I've read Jane Eyre so much that I can practically recite it.
posted by cilantro at 4:14 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Going After Cacciato and To Kill a Mockingbird.
posted by headnsouth at 4:15 AM on April 11, 2011


Lolita and Walden
posted by ferociouskitty at 4:16 AM on April 11, 2011


Of Mice and Men
posted by fire&wings at 4:16 AM on April 11, 2011


Neuromancer.
posted by pompomtom at 4:16 AM on April 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


Seven Little Australians. And I still cry when Judy dies.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 4:22 AM on April 11, 2011


To Kill A Mockingbird and A Prayer For Owen Meany.
posted by kuanes at 4:23 AM on April 11, 2011


Cat in the Hat
posted by SomeTrickPony at 4:29 AM on April 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Pride and Prejudice
posted by procrastinator_general at 4:31 AM on April 11, 2011


Seconding Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
posted by Shoggoth at 4:34 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Consider Phlebus
posted by SueDenim at 4:36 AM on April 11, 2011


Snow Crash, Pride & Prejudice, the entire Aubrey-Maturin series.
posted by elizardbits at 4:37 AM on April 11, 2011


Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for me as well.
posted by pemberkins at 4:40 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Little Women
posted by cozenedindigo at 4:41 AM on April 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Jitterbug Perfume.
posted by shesdeadimalive at 4:41 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a kid, in pre video days, I re-read the Star Wars novelisation at least a dozen times.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:43 AM on April 11, 2011


Put me down for Franny & Zooey.
posted by buriedpaul at 4:46 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Narnia/LOTR.

(Isn't this kind of chatfiltery?)
posted by J. Wilson at 4:50 AM on April 11, 2011


The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson is endlessly interesting to me, I get the urge to reread it about once per year.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 4:50 AM on April 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Seconding Jane Eyre
posted by brilliantine at 4:51 AM on April 11, 2011


The Last Herald-Mage trilogy (Mercedes Lackey).
posted by sperose at 4:52 AM on April 11, 2011


Maybe the Bible. As a kid, I was bored in church a lot.
posted by box at 4:52 AM on April 11, 2011


White Fang (as a kid)
Nine Stories and The Diamond Age more recently.
posted by Glinn at 4:53 AM on April 11, 2011


Lord of the Rings, Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (both by Haruki Murakami), Angry Candy (Harlan Ellison), On the Road, Schismatrix Plus (Bruce Sterling), Nice Work (and other David Lodge novels), July, July, In the Lake of the Woods, The Things they Carried (Tim O'Brien), Dune (up until the fourth book, and when I've really got nothing to read, I read five and six, then kick myself), Harry Potter (usually before a new movie comes out), Oryx and Crake, and a lot of others...

Books in Japan are stupidly expensive, and I end up rereading a lot...
posted by Ghidorah at 4:55 AM on April 11, 2011


Watership Down
posted by oulipian at 4:56 AM on April 11, 2011


Nine Stories
Welcome to the Monkey House
posted by cranberry_nut at 4:59 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Between the ages of 13-17, Lord of the Rings 10 times, twice finishing the last page and returning to the first (single volume paperback with fine paper pages). It was my succour.
posted by Kerasia at 5:00 AM on April 11, 2011


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
posted by telegraph at 5:02 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


My entire Travis McGee series, in no particular order. AND now the Quizbook, which is the most recent acquisition.
posted by sundrop at 5:11 AM on April 11, 2011


Catcher in the Rye
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 5:13 AM on April 11, 2011


The Shadow of the Wind
posted by xbeautychicx at 5:13 AM on April 11, 2011


Watership Down, and all the Lord of the Rings books.
posted by bilabial at 5:14 AM on April 11, 2011


Good Omens, but as a kid I wore the covers off two copies of The Phantom Tollbooth.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:14 AM on April 11, 2011


J. Wilson: "(Isn't this kind of chatfiltery?)"

Same thing I was thinking.
posted by GlassHeart at 5:14 AM on April 11, 2011


Little Women, Emma and The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater.
posted by Duffington at 5:16 AM on April 11, 2011


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Wind in the Willows
The Catcher in the Rye
posted by jon1270 at 5:16 AM on April 11, 2011


Wondering if this is giving restless_nomad her first modheadache. "Definitely chatfilter. But it's livening up the place late Sunday/early Monday... 37 answers and counting..."
posted by likeso at 5:20 AM on April 11, 2011


Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
posted by aimeedee at 5:20 AM on April 11, 2011


Nthing Consider Phlebas.
posted by conifer at 5:20 AM on April 11, 2011


If you don't count D&D rulebooks as a kid... probably either The Cyberiad (comfort food) or Gravity's Rainbow (up to around five by now).
posted by dfan at 5:21 AM on April 11, 2011


Have probably re-read LOTR over twenty times. Even though now I am down to once every four or five years. Reread all the appendices, too!

The Silmarillion, on the other hand... well, I did my duty and read it once. Then once more just be sure it was as bad as I thought. Then... done.
posted by Kahomono at 5:22 AM on April 11, 2011


The Brothers Karamazov.
posted by pecknpah at 5:23 AM on April 11, 2011


The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
posted by raccoon409 at 5:25 AM on April 11, 2011


To Kill A Mockingbird.
The Tomorrow, When The War Began (YA) series.
The Great Gatsby.
When I need something super-comforting, I go for any of Bill Bryson's - but mostly The Lost Continent.
posted by chronic sublime at 5:27 AM on April 11, 2011


Lord of the Rings, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, "Six of One" by Rita Mae Brown.

All of Ngaio Marsh's mysteries
posted by mermayd at 5:29 AM on April 11, 2011


Little, Big by John Crowley.

i've read it every year now for about 20 years...
posted by jammy at 5:29 AM on April 11, 2011


1984 about once a year.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 5:31 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


>>Nine Stories
Welcome to the Monkey House<< OMG Cranberry_nut I can't believe there's someone else out there who know who "Billy the Poet" is. Yes, this. Also, "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov.
posted by brownrd at 5:32 AM on April 11, 2011


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
posted by joyride at 5:33 AM on April 11, 2011


I've read Ender's Game a ridiculous number of times. I fell in love with it when I was about 12 and I've read it every couple of years since then. Even as my overall tastes have changed, whenever I read it again, I love it just as much as I did the first time.
posted by maybeandroid at 5:37 AM on April 11, 2011


"If you don't count D&D rulebooks as a kid"... then I read almost nothing during 9th/10th grade.

Probably "TCP/IP Protocol Suite" and "The Hobbit".
posted by anti social order at 5:41 AM on April 11, 2011


Catch-22. The real world seems to make a little more sense after a reading.
posted by WalterMitty at 5:48 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nineteen Eighty-Four
Dune
posted by Ratio at 5:49 AM on April 11, 2011


Everything by Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers and L.M. Montgomerey. Re-reading Anne of Green Gables is the mental equivalent of a big warm fuzzy blanket for me.
posted by Go Banana at 5:52 AM on April 11, 2011


If you don't count D&D rulebooks as a kid...

I think I practically memorised the Monster Manual
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:54 AM on April 11, 2011


The Silmarillion and LOTR; over 25 times and counting cover to cover.

Most consistently dipped into over the years for quotes and rereading specific passages would be: The Anatomy of Melancholy by Burton.
posted by mfoight at 5:55 AM on April 11, 2011


Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold.
posted by Bruce H. at 5:55 AM on April 11, 2011


Midnight's Children
posted by milestogo at 5:58 AM on April 11, 2011


In my teenage years I re-read a lot of Harry Harrison multiple times - especially the early Rat books and the Deathworld trilogy. I've re-read Iain Banks' early novels several times.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:58 AM on April 11, 2011


A Handful of Dust
posted by HandfulOfDust at 6:01 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence.
posted by janepanic at 6:01 AM on April 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


All of Iris Murdoch's novels in chronological order 3 times (except the last 2 - twice); The Secret Garden
posted by LyzzyBee at 6:03 AM on April 11, 2011


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
posted by Fizz at 6:05 AM on April 11, 2011


LOTR and Little, Big have been re-read the most, but Anne Rice's Witching Hour has gotten an embarassing number of re-reads also.
Joan Didion's short collections are something I go back to frequently.
posted by wens at 6:07 AM on April 11, 2011


Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop
Narnia

Oh, you mean for yourself. Um...
posted by ES Mom at 6:08 AM on April 11, 2011


Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, Narnian Chronicles
posted by kimdog at 6:12 AM on April 11, 2011


Chatfilter, unless you're looking for trends or reasons or childhood recommendations or something along those lines.

That being said, I've read 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' enough times that I keep a copy in the car to just pick it up at random and read bits if I get stuck somewhere.
posted by cobaltnine at 6:14 AM on April 11, 2011


Rifles for Watie, Innumeracy, The Book of Proverbs.
posted by michaelh at 6:15 AM on April 11, 2011


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and certain sections of the Chicago Manual of Style.
posted by alby at 6:15 AM on April 11, 2011


As a child: Sam Sparrow. My mum says I wore out the book (as well as her) with repeated readings.

As an adult, Cryptonomicon and the Diamond Age. LOTR. A History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters.
posted by arcticseal at 6:17 AM on April 11, 2011


1984. Catcher in the Rye
posted by madred at 6:19 AM on April 11, 2011


Does erotica count? 'cause I have some, ahem, well-thumbed paperbacks.
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:20 AM on April 11, 2011


Cat's Cradle
Martian Chronicles
posted by candyland at 6:21 AM on April 11, 2011


Otherwise, Hitchikers, P&P, the Stand, and all the Blandings Castle books.
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:23 AM on April 11, 2011


Definitely chatfilter. But The Crow Road, Consider Phlebas and The Bridge are about equal in re-reads for me.
posted by biscotti at 6:23 AM on April 11, 2011


Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
The Stranger by Albert Camus

Fairly light and digestible compared to similar novels.
posted by cowbellemoo at 6:26 AM on April 11, 2011


Black Easter/The Day After Judgement by James Blish, unleash demons, hilarity ensues.
posted by Max Power at 6:29 AM on April 11, 2011


The Long Winter, and the rest of the Little House on the Prairie books.
posted by teragram at 6:30 AM on April 11, 2011


Meta
posted by Forktine at 6:31 AM on April 11, 2011


Cat's Cradle
The Once and Future King
Hotel New Hampshire

Don't really know why, though.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 6:32 AM on April 11, 2011


I re-read books all the time, but my most read are probably:
Dune
Snow Crash
The Diamond Age
Cryptonomicon

(I'm re-reading Dune right now)

As a child:
Ender's Game
A Wrinkle in Time (and really the whole lot of Madeleine L'Engle books)
The Darkover series
Narnia series
posted by Mouse Army at 6:34 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Edwin LeFevre
The Great Brain (and the rest from that series).
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:40 AM on April 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


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