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Books You Re-ReadPersonally I don't re-read much, even my favorites, but a few books...

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 25, 2008 at 9:03 AM via web

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Books You Re-Read

Personally I don't re-read much, even my favorites, but a few books that I've reread and loved even more the second time:

 

Moby Dick
Brothers Karamazov
Secret Sharer

How about you? What books have you read again (and again)? 

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 25, 2008 at 9:12 AM (Answer #2)

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I have re-read, for pleasure, the following:

Night

1984

The Bible

The Substitute Guest

The Death of the West

I'm with you Blaze, I don't normally re-read, but some favorites are a must. Some books just make you feel a certain way and you want to recapture that powerful feeling. I love the movie The Neverending Story and quite frankly it was that movie that really piqued my interest in reading because Sebastian had such a cool book that he really became a part of. I wish sometimes that books would change a little bit each time we read them, those that I have re-read offer that to an extent because each time you read it there's something in it you missed the last time.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 25, 2008 at 9:20 AM (Answer #3)

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I really don't like to read a book after I've already read it, but I do try to reread the novels that I teach. I especially like Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Every time I read it I find new details.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 25, 2008 at 9:21 AM (Answer #4)

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Books You Re-Read

Personally I don't re-read much, even my favorites, but a few books that I've reread and loved even more the second time:

 

Moby Dick
Brothers Karamazov
Secret Sharer

How about you? What books have you read again (and again)? 

God bless you for reading Moby Dick. I was forced to read Billy Budd for an American lit. class, and that turned me against Melville for life! With the exception of Bartleby the Scrivener, that is.

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted March 25, 2008 at 9:26 AM (Answer #5)

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Books You Re-Read

Personally I don't re-read much, even my favorites, but a few books that I've reread and loved even more the second time:

 

Moby Dick
Brothers Karamazov
Secret Sharer

How about you? What books have you read again (and again)? 

God bless you for reading Moby Dick. I was forced to read Billy Budd for an American lit. class, and that turned me against Melville for life! With the exception of Bartleby the Scrivener, that is.

Maybe that's why I reread it, it was so dense the first time that I didn't enjoy until near the end. Then I read a long article about the true origins of the story, which made me want to read it again and it was much better the second time! It's worth it.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM (Answer #6)

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I reread all the books I teach, and I love rereading Shakespeare--all of it plays and sonnets.

I also love to reread time travel books--Diana Gabaldon's Outlander  series is my all-time favorite. 

 

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM (Answer #7)

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My favorite books often end up being those that really do have to be reread (Ulysses, Hopscotch). The first time through was just trying to keep a nostril above water; somewhere around the second and third time, I could at least dog-paddle.

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 25, 2008 at 7:52 PM (Answer #8)

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I am continually astounded by Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Steinbeck.  I always feel I was born at the wrong time.  I belong in the 30s and 40s (though I'm sure Gertrude Stein would've withered me with that scary stare.  Anyone who could tell Hemingway, his "remarks were not literature" has some chutzpah, yes?)

I find myself in now also entranced by Thoreau and Emerson. 

I always go back to Don Quixote for sheer pleasure of storytelling. 

 

 

 

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 29, 2008 at 5:05 AM (Answer #9)

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I agee with #6 because I also re-read the books I teach.  It seems that every year I find something new, and I ask myself why I didn't see it before!  That helps keep my lessons fresh as I am able to try new angles... especially with The Hobbit and Romeo and Juliet.  As for reading for pleasure, I always seem to come back to Harry Potter (all of them), The Thorn Birds and The DaVinci Code.  I love the Potter characters and allusions to classical mythology.  As for The Thorn Birds, I still get images of Richard Chamberlain running on the beach that just plain give me the warm fuzzies.  And I love playing with the symbolism of The DaVinci Code.  

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leagye | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted March 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM (Answer #10)

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In my twenties, I re-read Hemingway: A Moveable Feast and many of his short stories. I also read Steinbeck's Pastures of Heaven at least twice in my twenties, and I'm sure that I've read Kerouac's Dharma Bums and On the Road at least three times each (also in my twenties). With that said, now in my early forties, I am revisiting Steinbeck (Pastures) having just visited the museum in Salinas, Ca. I've just begun Ethan Frome, but I am not teaching it this year. I may teach it next year. I haven't read it in over 20 years. I also know that I will re-read Angela's Ashes sometime in the next year. There are very few contemporary novels that I can see myself re-reading, mainly because there are so many new reads that I want to get to. However, Ashes is one of them. As for book I teach, I really enjoyed reading Things Fall Apart for the second time this year, and currently I am reading (and teaching) All Quiet on the Western Front. This is the third time in three years that I've read/taught it and the first time that I am seeing many subtleties of the text for the first time.

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 30, 2008 at 7:38 AM (Answer #11)

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I've re-read the Diana Gabaldon books each time a new one comes out - there is so much detail to these books that I know I'll forget a ton of stuff from the first books if I don't re-read them before starting the latest.

I've re-read the Harry Potter books several times (same reason as above), and am in the process of reading them aloud with my daughter at night.  We're on the 5th one.  We did the same thing with the Narnia books - made our way through each one, me reading them out loud to her each night.  She's already read all of them, and the HP books, but still loves to have me read out loud to her at night.

Definitely Shakespeare!

I've read The Stand by Stephen King numerous times - both the original and the one that was released later with a ton of stuff that was cut from the original.  Definitely my favorite King book.

I've also re-read the Bernard Cornwell books, particularly the Grail Quest, the Arthur series, and the Anglo-Saxon books.  I've never read his Sharpe series, but have heard it's wonderful.

I'm a big fan of re-reading - I always catch new things the second (or third...or fourth) time around! :)

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 1, 2008 at 6:55 AM (Answer #12)

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Although I no longer teach them, I re-read As I Lay Dying as often as I can. I think I would add Secret Sharer to that list too. I fell in love with Sula this year and that will be in the rotation too. Maus is always on hand as well.

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