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meaniemouse
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Default  Posted: 11:18 AM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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?


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Default  Posted: 11:54 AM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 12:41 PM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 12:46 PM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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


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Default  Posted: 1:22 PM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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....


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Default  Posted: 1:28 PM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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


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Default  Posted: 2:16 PM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 5:31 PM, November 2nd (Wednesday)

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

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Default  Posted: 1:34 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)

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.

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Default  Posted: 1:50 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)

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!!

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Default  Posted: 2:23 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)

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!!

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Default  Posted: 3:23 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)

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!!


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Default  Posted: 4:02 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)

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


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Default  Posted: 6:48 PM, November 3rd (Thursday)

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!


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Default  Posted: 2:29 PM, November 4th (Friday)

Lord of the Rings.


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Default  Posted: 6:48 PM, November 5th (Saturday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 7:06 PM, November 5th (Saturday)

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


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Default  Posted: 7:50 PM, November 5th (Saturday)

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.


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Default  Posted: 12:55 AM, November 6th (Sunday)

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

What about "Green Eggs & Ham"??


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Default  Posted: 2:15 AM, November 6th (Sunday)

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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Default  Posted: 6:51 AM, November 8th (Tuesday)

So many forget about The Green Mile & Stand By Me.

The name of the movie was Stand by Me. King's novella was entitled "The Body" and was one of the stories in Different Seasons published back in the early 80s. The collection also included another of King's best works, "The Shawshenk Redemption".

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Default  Posted: 11:00 AM, November 28th (Monday)

Dorothy Dunnett's "House of Niccolo" series, usually start it in January of a given year and finish it in March or April. Then I wait until the second January and start over again. Guess which year this coming one is?

The Eagle and the Raven is also on a 2-year cycle, along with various Sharon Kay Penman books.

I tend to pick up a Caedfael mystery now and then and re-read it for brain candy. I still want to write like Ellis Peters. I never will. I use too many words.

There is a lot of nonfiction I read on nearly a yearly basis. Most notable is Allison Weir's Six Wives of Henry VIII and Princes in the Tower. I acquired Lady in the Tower (Anne Boleyn) last year and I think I'm adding that to the rotation.


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Default  Posted: 8:19 PM, November 28th (Monday)

The Power of One- best book ever!

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Default  Posted: 11:34 AM, November 29th (Tuesday)

The HP books - I enjoy them more every time I read them, I think.

John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces." Brilliant book, and funny as hell.

I've read the Anne Perry mysteries (Pitt and Monk) a couple of times through.

"The Complete Sherlock Holmes." I used to read it in college every November. Now I read it probably once every year or two. I got my first copy as a present from my parents one Christmas - probably between 5th & 6th grades. I wore that hardback out, have bought 2 new copies since then.


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Default  Posted: 12:27 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

Magnificent Obsesssion by Lloyd C. Douglas

I read it as a 12 year old, and, to this day (48 years later), it still moves me to tears.
I searched and searched and finally found an old paperback edition. It is a treasured book.

I also reread my Agatha Christie mysteries. Again, I began collecting them as a 12 year old -- on vacation in Asbury Park, NJ. I have original paperbacks from the 1920s, and have a complete collection of her books.


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Default  Posted: 2:22 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

meaniemouse the fact that you can read Gone With the Wind more than once amazes me!

I've read Bridge to Terebithia so many times I've lost count. Fight Club a number of times. As I Lay Dying a number of times.

And, I calculated with my kids the other day that I've read Cat in the Hat AT LEAST 500 times - no exaggerating.


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Default  Posted: 3:06 PM, November 29th (Tuesday)

FOF--I loved Gone With the Wind because of Scarlet O'Hara!

OMG-- I also love Dr. Seuss! I have both the Cat in the Hat books on the shelf in my office even now! And Green Eggs and Ham. . . One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish!

OK--I'll stop now


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Default  Posted: 3:22 PM, December 8th (Thursday)

The books that have really stuck with me, that I've re-read are few and far between.

I love Larry McMurtry's Moving On. It's the first in the Terms of Endearment series, and often overlooked; it was not published until after Terms of Endearment became popular. Something about the book really speaks to me. And it usually leads to me re-reading other parts of the series. I also really like his Last Picture Show series. And I've read the Lonesome Dove series more than once, too. These books are what made my son realize that reading is a worthwhile recreational activity; he devoured them in record time.

IMO, he's one of the best storytellers alive.

As a writer, I read and re-read Stephen King's On Writing. It's a brilliant guide, and very engaging. I've never been a writing rule-follower, but his common-sense approach (combined with a liberal dose of memoir) is really terrific. I think it should be required reading for all high school and college students.

Spiritually, I've gained a great deal from Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. I read it first in a college psych class, and have read it many, many times since. It has helped me through many, many crises.

I love Steinbeck's East of Eden, too. Something about the imagery really sticks with me. I love Steinbeck, in general---even when grim, his writing is breathtaking.

I have a beautiful illustrated book of the child's story Stone Soup displayed in my living room---the art is just gorgeous. I pick it up often; I like the message a great deal. I am not sure why it's still out; my kids are 15 and 23, and their other books are packed up. But this one, I think, reminds me that when people come together, great things can be made from "nothing." Some of my best parties have happened when I've provided the fire and the proverbial soup pot and stone, and everyone else has contributed their ingredients. I really love the story.


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Default  Posted: 11:49 AM, December 9th (Friday)

I've read Drawing of the Dark and On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers several times. I seem to read Glen Cook's Starfisher trilogy every year or so.

When I saw HP up there I immediately thought Lovecraft and spaced out thinking how awesome it would be if Guillermo del Toro did a movie for Shadow out of Time or something.


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Default  Posted: 10:22 AM, December 18th (Sunday)

One series I find myself rereading is the Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson. I start over each time a new one comes out. So far he has Witch & Wizard, The Gift and Fire. I think he's most known for his legal books but this is far outside anything to do with legal procedure or the law, although he skirts politics in them.

I just got Fire the other day so haven't read it yet. I read Witch and Wizard yesterday and started The Gift.

The series is about a brother and sister who are magical but don't know it (a la Harry Potter in the beginning), they're arrested by the new government, the New Order (a totalitarian state) for being "deviants" and therefore dangerous to the new order. So far it chronicles their arrest and discovery of their powers and their joining the Resistance against the regime.

On and BTW, they're the object of intense interest by the head of the government since they're the subject of a prophecy.

So far, a good read. Not Pulitzer material to be sure but good for an afternoon's diversion.


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Default  Posted: 6:51 PM, December 18th (Sunday)

Love the HP series, over and over (those kids are like my family!)

Read LOTR trilogy a couple of times.

All the Dr Seuss books, I taught my kids their ABC's by Dr Seuss's ABC book. I can recite it page by page without the book now (one of my many talents).

Read The Call of the Wild 3 or 8 times.....

Also Clan of the Cave Bear series, like every five years or so I will go thru those again, and yes, for the history and what it may have been like to live back then, fascinating!

The Celestine Prophecy, The Sociopath Next Door, any Far Side Books (I have them all and will reread them every so often and they always kill me!), the Flowers in the Attic series, Dave Barry's books, Stephen King's works, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (it is so inspirational to me), there are more....

(Oh, and The Eye of the Dragon was actually the book that introduced me to Stephen King, and it is my fav also!)


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Default  Posted: 10:00 AM, December 20th (Tuesday)

I read The Stand every year and a half or so. In fact I need to read it again! I also liked Eye of the Dragon, but I don't read it over and over like I do The Stand.

I have also read Anne McCaffery's Dragonriders of Pern series many times. You see that thing above my head? It's my dork flag flying.


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Default  Posted: 9:23 AM, January 6th (Friday)

Sword of Truth series

The Hunger Games trilogy

Witch & Wizard series

Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit

Inheritance Cycle

Matched trilogy

Nicholas Sparks' books

Harry Potter

Vampire Academy series

House of Night series

Wheel of Time series

Eyes of God trilogy

A Song of Ice and Fire series

Twilight saga

Chronicles of Narnia

Immortals series

A Child Called It

Nine Lives of Chloe King trilogy

The Omen Machine, Debt of Bones, && The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind

Fallen books

Hush, Hush saga

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

... I think that's it. I read A LOT and those listed I've read at least a dozen times each, most more than that.

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