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VAharleygirl
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Seldom - I usually remember what the gist of the story was within about 1-2 chapters. I only re-read now those stories in a series that I haven't touched in a while (4/5+ yrs), when a new installment comes out.

 

Thus one of the big reasons I got a NC, and have decided to slowly digitize my library - no need for all that paper to gather dust (which I'm allergic to) that I have to find room to store, when it's not touched by me & isn't often something I loan out.

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BeachCatFan
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Seldom re-read any modern day fiction.......especially if I get that "Oh, wait. I've read this and I remember how it ends" feeling.

 

However, I do have favorites from long ago that I will re-read.........books like "Gone with the Wind" or "The Grapes of Wrath"...........and I have decided to re-read some of the classics like "The Scarlet Letter" and "Pride and Prejudice".

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Carlcheated
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Yes I do, but not very often. Only if the books have some real facts that I want to get back to, to refresh my memory or to comprehend the subject better.

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junonia-shell
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

The only books I may read more than once are cookbooks. I have tons of cookbooks. My husband use to just shake his head every time I'd get the cookbooks out and they would be scattered all over the kitchen floor. Now, with my NC, he doesn't know what I'm reading any more.:smileysurprised:

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Nevermore1
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Very rarely do I read a book more than once.  When I do it is usually part of a series and I read them as a refresher before the next book is released or if the book is being made into a movie I will re-read it if it has been a long time since I read it so I can see what changes were made for the movie.  I will also at times re-read books that are a little more in depth  so that I can pick up on things I may have missed or been confised on the first time I read it.  Teh one book I go back and read every few years is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - I just wish it were avialable as an ebook.  They do have it on BN's site but after you purchase it and download it is an edited version for children that you end up with.  I haven't looked at this version yet but am pretty sure it is no where near as good as I just don't see how you can have a children's version of this book and not drastically change the story and take away from it.

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sandie52
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

I frequently re read my favorite books. Not because I can't remember the plot - but because I enjoy them each time. Since I received my NC I have purchased several of my favorites as Nook books even though I have the hard covers on my shelves. And I have read them also.

 

Lord of the Rings does not get worse with each reading it gets better.

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musicmama2010
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Some books are like comfort food and favorite movies to me - I turn to them when I need a break from whatever I'm doing or when I need a boost or sometimes just for no reason at all.  I don't have to re-read the whole thing, sometimes just a few chapters will do.

 

I've re-read most of the Stephen King, John Grisham, James Rollins and Dan Brown novels more than once; Little Women, Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind, Pride & Prejudice and the Harry Potter books all at least 4 times or more. 

 

There are plenty of books that I've read only once - usually I pass them along to family or friends, or donate to Goodwill.

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SusanaSZ
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Yes! There are books that certainly leave marks and I go back to every once and again over the years. Generally strike me as delicious, and they´re in my bookshelf permanently. Now, in my Nook.

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MatthewH
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Some books I read only once, some books I read cover-to-cover multiple times, but with a real favorite I tend to reread certain passages.

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bookwormmom4
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Sometimes when a book ends and I was truly engrossed in the story and characters, I feel as though my best friend has moved far away.  In this case, yes, I reread the book.  Dances With Wolves, The Stand and the Harry Potter series are my favorites. 

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Yada_Yada
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

I rarely reread a book.

At times I may glance through a book as a refresher prior to continuing on in a series.

 

Movies on the other hand I will watch over and over again. I tend to not remember what happens in movies. I guess when I read my imagination and recreation of the characters is much more rememberable than Hollywoods. LOL

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whorledcrzy
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

All. The. Time.  Seriously, what's the point of having a personal library if you are only going to read a book once?

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Emeris
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Definitely reread.... i've probably reread all of the books i own atleast once!
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mister-j
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

A good story, well told, revisiting characters I can relate to and that have become like old friends, be it a book or a movie, savoring it all again is a pleasure I would miss.

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sandie52
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Exactly how I look at it. Otherwise why not just check them out from the library.

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susgod
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Some books are popcorn - read once and throw the container away! Others are like photo albums. I enjoy viewing them, over and over!

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dfehling
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

I can count on one hand the number of books I have read more than once. ("Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb, "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, and "Jonathon Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach.) And I didn't even have to use all my fingers! In each case, it had been many years between readings.

 

There are probably a few more movies I have seen more than once, but not many - maybe 2 hands worth. The way I see it, there are way too many books (and movies) to ever enjoy them all in my lifetime even once, so I can't waste time backtracking and repeating things I have already read or watched. I suppose I also have a pretty good memory and don't really need to reread something to remember the enjoyment I got from it.

 

Although I buy most of my books, I always pass them on as soon as I finish with them. One of my pleasures in life is giving a book I loved to a friend or family member. I could have just borrowed the book from the library, but then I would miss out on that joy. So, buying lots and lots of books is a guilty pleasure of mine, even though I don't keep them.

 

Once I got a Nook, I discovered I really love reading on an ereader - it is so much easier on my eyes and so much more convienient. But I hate that the restrictions keep me from freely passing a book on when I am done with it. I truly hope this changes in the future.I feel cheated when I can't give a book away anymore once I finish reading it!

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx
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UrSunshine
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

Some books are like comfort food and favorite movies to me - I turn to them when I need a break from whatever I'm doing or when I need a boost or sometimes just for no reason at all.  I don't have to re-read the whole thing, sometimes just a few chapters will do.

 

I've re-read most of the Stephen King, John Grisham, James Rollins and Dan Brown novels more than once; Little Women, Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind, Pride & Prejudice and the Harry Potter books all at least 4 times or more. 

 

There are plenty of books that I've read only once - usually I pass them along to family or friends, or donate to Goodwill.

 

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To musicmama2010:

 

Ditto, here!

I've re-read books by John Grisham, too, and Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind, Pride & Prejudice NUMEROUS times.

Of course, I would come back to a certain book after some time has passed, not re-read them after having just finished them. :smileytongue:

 

But there are certain books that compel you to feel something even after you already know how the story will unfold.

 

And there are books that I read again simply because I read them more than a decade ago and cannot really remember the details. (maybe it's just my memory?:smileysurprised:  but I'm still young.............)

 

Anyway, most classics, I'd definitely like to visit again and again.

 

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Grinchy1
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

If its a good book, I sure do. Infact, there are 2 Halloween books I read every year around this time. But I am so mad that I can not get for my NC.


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TerryV6
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Re: Do You Read Books More than Once?

When you get to be my age, you only need 2 books.  You read the first, then start the second and when you are finished, you don't remember the first.  So you begin again.... :smileyhappy: