9 thoughts on “What Books Do You Re-Read?”

  1. BK (Before Kindle) I reread Jane Austen, Ender’s Game, Dresden Files, Sandman Slim, Dune, Cats Paw, Sherri Tepper books, and occasionally Dickens.

    Now, however, I pick up so many new books so easily that I’ve not had time to get back to them. But I still plan to!

  2. Mostly, I re-read books from my childhood.

    Some I re-read because they give a sense of nostalgia. For example, I recently read the Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher. I first read it when I was a young teenager — maybe twelve or thirteen years old. I’ve revisited it several times over the intervening years.

    Others, I read so long ago that I don’t fully remember what happened or the details. I’ve recently been re-reading Isaac Asimov books, collections of science essays he wrote for Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. They definitely reward re-reading, since I have since learned more about some of the figures who played a role in some important development or discovery.

    1. Yes, I feel like as an adult I returned to all of my favorites from when I was young, and reread them with different eyes given the context of my life experience. One of the biggest reasons I reread many of the books was sharing them with my kids, as I read to them every night before bed for many years, and I wanted to share with them my favorites from when I was younger…

  3. The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck has so much practical wisdom for everyday life and relationships, I think I have read it at least 4 or 5 times. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran has such lyrical beauty and such profound truths, I have read it probably 10-20 times, some parts more. The Chronicles of Narnia, probably 5 or 6 times, fun stories.

    Others that I have read at least twice: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony, the Bible, Sackett novels and Last of the Breed by Louis LaAmour, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie series, and many more…

  4. Quickly scanning the shelves in my study, I remember re-reading Simon Singh’s Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe and Mark Bittman’s A Bone to Pick. And, quite a while ago, I went back to Jane Smiley’s Moo and Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun (perhaps my favorite fiction book).

    Actually, I do more re-reading of essays. Specifically, from Wendell Berry’s books: In What Are People For? I’ve re-read four essays at least a half a dozen times each: “Waste,” “Economy and Pleasure,” “The Pleasures of Eating,” and the beautiful beginning of “The Work of Local Culture.” From Berry’s The Way of Ignorance, I love and have re-read the essay of the same name. And, from the Gift of Good Land, I often find myself scanning highlighted text from “Solving for Pattern.”

  5. I know that there’s so many books out there it’s hard not to pick up the same one as favorite reading material.
    I usually don’t have much time for reading but I have read “Tuesdays with Morrie” 3 times that I can count.
    The reflection on one’s life fascinates me.
    What will my story be at the end of my life? Will I have affected the lives of others in a positive way? Who knows when the time comes…

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