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meaniemouse posted 11/2/2011 11:18 AM

read over and over again because you absolutely loved them? I read To Kill A Mockingbird in junior high and have read it each time my three girls read it in 8th grade. Two others--Gone With The Wind and The Thornbirds.

What are your read-over-and-over-agains?

circe posted 11/2/2011 11:54 AM

The Mists of Avalon. I read it when I was a teenager and still able to fall into a book like it was a genuine other world. I remember laying under a tree in my back yard reading it as one of my fondest memories! I've re-read it trying to capture that same feeling with various degrees of success probably 3 times over the years.

I've re-read the Clan of the Cave bear series quite a few times, but can't really explain why. It's the world, rather than the writing in that one. Again, I think teen imprinting! It's comforting.

The Wrinkle in Time series.

Amazonia posted 11/2/2011 12:41 PM

The Poisonwood Bible. I've probably read it a hundred times (not exaggerating), although not all in order. I have whole portions of it more or less memorized.

I had to read it for a course in college, and then work up a group presentation on it, and we ended up doing selected readings in character, and it was my job to select all the readings to ensure we told the story properly...so I read and re-read over and over.

I've read it a number of times since then, and now it's like a favorite t-shirt - worn, soft, comfortable. I can pick it up and flip to any point in the story and just read. If I'm feeling sad, I read the sad parts, if I need to experience beauty, there are a few beautifully crafted passages that I return to over and over.

I love that book.

MissesJai posted 11/2/2011 12:46 PM

"Midnight" by Dean Koontz. I just love that book...

livetotell posted 11/2/2011 13:22 PM

I love Midnight!!! One of my other "read-overs" is another Dean Koontz book - Lightening - I love it so much. Sadly, I have also read Flowers In the Attic (and the sequels and prequel) multiple times....

wildbananas posted 11/2/2011 13:28 PM

I've also read "Lightning" more times than I can count.

MissesJai posted 11/2/2011 14:16 PM

yes, Lightning is another great one by Koontz. Actually, that was my intro to his work and Midnight was next. I could read them both over and over.

circe posted 11/2/2011 17:31 PM

livetotell, I forgot about those books! I read them many many times when I was young and weirdly thought they were soooo romantic!

stilllovinghim posted 11/3/2011 13:34 PM

The Eye of the Dragon
by Stephen King. I've never been into books about wizards and magic & such **ducking from stones being cast by Harry Potter fans***
I have read this book over & over since middle school & one of the reasons why I enjoy so much is because it is so UNLIKE his other books, which I enjoy as well. Even though there is the reoccurring villain Flagg who echos throughout many of King's books, which we learn his purpose in the Dark Tower series.

Flagg's purpose there is understood & appreciated & there are still vast differences between Eye & say, Carrie, Monkey Shines, Delores Claiborne & Christine to a name a few. The book itself is captivating & I love it every time I read it.

[This message edited by stilllovinghim at 1:37 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)]

livetotell posted 11/3/2011 13:50 PM

SLH - OMG - I literally thought I was the ONLY one in the world who knew of/love that book! I even incorporated it into my senior English paper - and it was damn good if I do say so myself....

ETA: to lob a pebble at STL though for the diss on Harry Potter (just a small one because clearly your literary taste is otherwise solid). Have you read them? I won't hear disparaging remarks from people who have not even read them - genius - and while the wizardry is obviously a big part there is sooooo much more to them - trust me!!!

Also, as an aside on Stephen King - my WH is a HUGE fan and I have become a bigger fan due to the fact that he owns pretty much every book he has ever written... and I have to agree with WH that SK gets a bad rap for "horror" books from some people when his books are fantastic and touch on so many themes other than "scary!" I also love how he incorporates recurring people (like Flagg) or places (like Castle Rock) - it's like a nice wink to the "constant reader" when it is subtle - and fun when it is a major plot point!

As for my love of the VC Andrews gothic incese-fest that is Flowers in the Attic, well I have no defense. Clearly my mother should not have been letting 13 year old me read them but she did not know that was about the extent of my rebellious teenage years. Consider her lucky!!

[This message edited by livetotell at 1:53 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)]

stilllovinghim posted 11/3/2011 14:23 PM

LTT:
That's so funny about Eye of the Dragon as my brother is the only person on this planet IRL I know of who read that book as well! Yes! I too love the reoccurring subtle themes such as in It & Needful Things. The "bad wrap for horror" you mentioned, so true! So many forget about The Green Mile & Stand By Me. Both excellent stories-turned-movies by SK.

Harry Potter books, I actually don't mind the movies, but I don't know if I can get into the books. My SIL, OTOH, is an avid reader of JK Rowling.

VC Andrews, no you didn't! I remember reading Flowers in the Attic with my friend (although if MY mom had any clue what we were reading, )I especially loved My Sweet Audrina. Heaven, Web of Dreams, Melody...ugh! I wanna read 'em all again!!

[This message edited by stilllovinghim at 2:24 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)]

livetotell posted 11/3/2011 15:23 PM

So for my fellow lovers of VC Andrews, the Dollanger Family, the Casteel Family, and all the other series that pretty much just incorporated all the same themes from those two series and changed the names and locales.....

(For example - the Dawn series took crazy sadistic grandmother with tragic backstory from Dollanger series; poor girl who is actually from rich family - who is "sisterly" in love with the boy she thinks is her brother - but happily she discovers she can actually be in love with him later on but not before her actual, rich relative falls in love with her and rapes her from the Heaven books; and of course, the vindictive siblings who will do anything to destroy the happiness of their perfect, tragic sister (Dawn, Heaven, whoever.....)

I give you the best blog ever...
foreveryoungadult.com
Look for their reviews of Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, and My Sweet Audrina. Including drinking games!! You won't be sorry. You're Welcome!!

GabyBaby posted 11/3/2011 16:02 PM

Oh my...I have quite a few:

-Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer. I read this book at least once a year, no fail.

-The Mists of Avalon

-The Outlander series - again...I read this series at least once a year. I read it for the first time in junior high/high school and have been in love with Jamie ever since!
I'm actually currently reading this series for the SECOND time this year.

-Public Secrets by Nora Roberts

-Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

-Harry Potter series

-Game of Thrones series

-Roots by Alex Haley

-The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

circe posted 11/3/2011 18:48 PM

I give you the best blog ever...
foreveryoungadult.com
Look for their reviews of Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, and My Sweet Audrina. Including drinking games!! You won't be sorry. You're Welcome!!

Thank you!!!

I just read the Flowers recaps. I'd forgotten ...so much!

HardenMyHeart posted 11/4/2011 14:29 PM

Lord of the Rings.

MixedUpMess posted 11/5/2011 18:48 PM

I'm also a huge fan of the Outlander series. Have read the first 3 books several times.

Some of Stephen King's books such as It, The Stand, The Talisman, From a Buick 8.

inconnu posted 11/5/2011 19:06 PM

Seriously, people only read books once, and that's it?

Clarrissa posted 11/5/2011 19:50 PM

I tend to read the same books over and over. A few SK books: Under The Dome, The Stand and From a Buick 8 are a few. (and I agree that SK has been a bit stereotyped as a "horror" writer... I think some of his *best* books were not horror. BTW he's out with another novella book...Full Dark, No Stars and two of them take place in places familiar with his work.)

Can't think of any more at the moment since I've been a bit too busy to really sit down and read.

stilllovinghim posted 11/6/2011 00:55 AM

Does, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" count?

What about "Green Eggs & Ham"??

stilllovinghim posted 11/6/2011 02:15 AM

Acutally, pretty much anything wtitten by Chuck Phalahniuk I could read over and over evey day for the rest of my life & never tire of it. Especially. ESPECIALLY "Haunted". Can't wait to read his newest one, "Damned".

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