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  • F. Lane posted an update in the tribe Tribe logo of Connection Cafe'Connection Cafe' 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    My experience leads me to believe that people divide into two fairly equal camps: those who read a book only one time; and those who read books more than once (perhaps many times).

    I am definitely a re-reader! LOTR more than 100 times before I was 30, when I stopped counting. Jane Austen’s works perhaps as many as ten times? There are other books I read again and again, mostly classic works, many from my childhood. I find that with each re-reading, I learn new things about the story, about the characters, and about myself.

    Which camp are you in?

    • For almost all the books I’ve read I read them once. Some books I read decades ago, and re-read them because they are memorable. Two of these books are Far Pavilions, by M. M. Kaye, which is very detailed, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by e. konisburg, a book for children/young adults.
      I also wonder about these two types of people: Those who read one book at a time, and those who read 2 or more at a time, not counting textbooks.

      • Laurette, M.M. Kaye is one of my favorite authors! I LOVED the Far Pavilions when I read it as a teen, but I also love love love her “Death In” books (Death in Kenya, Death in Berlin). These mystery books have such detail about the era and the places and they totally make me want to travel (except for the death part, of course)! I reread those books every few years.

      • Loved The Far Pavilions. Read it when I was in high school, and several times again. Most recently, in 2001, when friends of ours were headed into Afghanistan. 🙁

        There was a TV movie, where they cast Amy Irving as Anjuli… which made absolutely no sense!

    • I guess I fit in both camps: I don’t read fiction books twice, but I do sometimes read a non-fiction book more than once, or at least parts of them.

    • I generally only read books once, unless they are adorable picture books! I’m the same with tv shows and movies. I don’t know why, but I don’t like to rewatch things 🙂

    • Authors like Jane Austen are fun to re-read throughout life. One relates to different characters depending on life experience and maturation. The messages gleaned from the literature as a young person are often vastly different from those perceived as a seasoned adult. Reflecting on these changed or evolved perceptions can be interesting if, at times, bittersweet.