'Go To' Books you return to time and time again

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Hello,
I hope this hasn't already been talked about in another thread.
I was wondering if you have any books that you return to again and again?
Mine are the Belgariad and the Mallorean series by David Eddings, I must have read them all about ten or eleven times now. They're not the best books in the world but they're my go to books when I cant find anything else to read.
 

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I love the Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. It just makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I also LOVE the Iliad and have read it close to a dozen times. That said, I've read almost everything on my (very large) bookshelf at least twice.
 
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Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon (4 times), Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (3 times), A Taste of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington (4 times at least).

There are others. I think of my go-to books as old friends.
 

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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Insomnia by Stephen King
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I'm sure there are others but those are the ones that spring to mind.
 

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I haven't re-read a book in years! Being a slow reader there simply isn't much time and there is too much else I want to get to.

However, I do plan on re-reading War and Peace and The Once and Future King at some point.
 

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Terry Pratchett. No particular book. :)
 

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I have go to authors but not go to books. There are far too many books out there to keep reading the same ones. Not to mention I remember too much of the story to make it enjoyable.
 

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Little Women

This...but...

I have go to authors but not go to books. There are far too many books out there to keep reading the same ones. Not to mention I remember too much of the story to make it enjoyable.

This also. I have a stack of books I'd love to reread. Some from AP Lit that I loved or classics or just ones that I adore.

But I read so many books, and I love so many books, and new ones are always grabbing my attention. I have so many books on my to-read list that I'm always torn - do I read a new one or reread one I loved?

I usually go with the new one.

I've reread The Time Traveler's Wife and In Her Shoes. Little Women and Jane Eyre. Oh, and Cathy Lamb. I love her, and I've reread a couple of her books.
 

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I have a huge TBR pile, so I rarely reread books. But there are a few exceptions. Watchers by Dean Koontz. Don't even know how many times I have read it. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Only read it twice, but I am itching to read it again. Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Love her, love her books. She has so many I need to read, but I keep going back to this one. And I am starting to reread the first Harry Potter to my daughter.
 

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i re-read 6 books every year, without fail:

orwell's nineteen eighty-four and animal farm
twain's the adventures of huckleberry finn
golding's lord of the flies
camus' the stranger
voltaire's candide

these represent a sort of mini-canon for me.
 

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Rivals - Jilly Cooper
Eon - Greg Bear
The Great Game - Peter Hopkirk
Zemindar - Valerie Fitzgerald
Csardas - Diane Pearson

and, now and then

Lord of the Rings
 

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
In The Night Garden - Catherynne M. Valente
Just about everything by Neil Gaiman
 
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i re-read 6 books every year, without fail:

orwell's nineteen eighty-four and animal farm
twain's the adventures of huckleberry finn
golding's lord of the flies
camus' the stranger
voltaire's candide

these represent a sort of mini-canon for me.
...which is on my currently-reading pile right now.
 

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Terry Pratchett. No particular book. :)


Me too! I can remember the story, but that's not what matters on the re-read. It's how he tells it.

Also, Merchanter's Luck by CJ Cherryh. *sigh* A couple of her other books too--she's strangely hit or miss for me, but when she hits, hoo boy!
 

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I usually re-read like this because I get all nostalgic about my intermediate/high school years, so I read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Garth Nix's Abhorsen books, and Rebecca.
 

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The Bluest Eye and Beloved By Toni Morrison

Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison

Anything By Donald Goines. A lot of my friends look down on him because his stuff is old school urban lit. But I love the realness and cred he brings. I grew up in that world in a different time,but the same issues he wrote about were still present.

Mama Black Widow by Iceberg Slim. A masterpiece and so heartbreaking but I can't stop reading it.

Interview With The Vampire By Anne Rice. I LOVE this book.

The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman By Earnest Gaines

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
 

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Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show and Imajica. Both master works of art as far as I'm concerned. I've read both probably five times apiece and always find new tidbits that I missed the first few times.
Stephen King's The Stand, because it's brilliant and terrifying and can be read a hundred times.
Lovecraft. Anything by him. I don't really know why either. He's so dry, but it's delicious too.
Charles DeLint, Memory and Dream. The first of his stories I ever read and I was hooked.
 

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I don't really have go-to books in the sense of reading and re-reading. However, for each of my novels I draw inspiration from other novels that I look upon as sort of older siblings to my own books.

For To Grandma's House With Socrates, I had in mind Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), and The Life of Pi (Martel), and Peter Pan (Barrie.)

For my wip novel, Away We Go, I have in mind Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro), The Lessons (Alderman), and A Separate Peace (Knowles.)
 

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Every October I read Roger Zelazny's "A Night in the Lonesome October."

Other books I re-read regularly:
The Lord of the Rings
All the Harry Potter books, but I've probably read The Deathly Hallows the most often.
Pride and Prejudice
Madame Bovary
The Last of the Mohicans
The Three Musketeers
Dune
Selections from The Complete Works of Shakespeare
 

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