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Initial post: Feb 8, 2014 11:42:17 PM PST
Reading old novels again and again is a kind of comfort, isn't it?

We need not guess the story, so there's no tension involved.

We can read it at our own pace, so we need not stay up all night just to know the end.

The characters feel familiar, so it is like remembering old times and talking to old friends.

We tend to concentrate more on each word, so there's a good chance we'll add a new word to our vocab.

Sometimes I miss the depth of meaning of some sentences in a hurry to finish the book, which I understand in one of the rereads.

Some books I reread all the time:

Harry potter series ( I know it's childish of me to read them even now, but I can't help it! Those are the books I first fell in love with as a kid. It's like when you are flipping the channels you suddenly see Tom and Jerry and stop there, just to enjoy it one more time even though it appears childish )

To kill a mocking bird ( It's such a comfort read. Changes your mood when you are low)

Wuthering heights ( It's supposed to be a classic love story, but I don't find love in it. However, there's something in the book that makes me reread it again and again )

Shopaholic series ( It's a chick lit series, but it uplifts my mood instantly )

Bridget Jones diary ( Another chick lit. But the humor is so natural that I tend to laugh out loud everytime I read it )

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry finn ( Another set of children books, but I love them )

Great Expectations ( A long read, but a good read )

The time traveler's wife ( A sweet love story )

All Sherlock Holmes novels ( I simply love the character of Holmes )

A lot of books get added to the list for I tend to reread books a lot. So, what are your favorites?

Divya
http://divyalavanya.blogspot.in

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 12:09:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2014 12:10:26 AM PST
Yes, my books are like my security blanket. No matter how tough life is, I can fall into a book and escape.
I reread C.J. Cherryh's books, especially the Foreigner series, all the time.
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books,
Robert Crais's mysteries,
Sherlock Holmes too,
and J.D. Robb's In Death series.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 12:19:03 AM PST
>>so we need not stay up all night just to know the end<<

Except I still can't do that with Harry Potter - I never begin a HP book unless I've got time to read it right through before I go to bed - which means pretty well the whole day free for the later ones :-/

You are, of course, showing your age (or youth) to say you fell in love with the HP books as a kid :-) That pretty much makes you born 1990 or later. Ok, MAYbe 1985.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 12:38:26 AM PST
R. Wilde says:
I reread a lot. Since first getting my Kindle, I've reread several books from high school and college to see how I interpret them differently now that I'm older.

Some of my favorite "comfort food" books are from when I was a kid, though.

Starship Troopers
Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy, Book 1)
Dragonsinger (Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2)

Still waiting for those last two to make it to the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 1:27:29 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
"Still waiting for those last two to make it to the Kindle."

Don't you see these:
Dragonsong (Pern: Harper Hall series)
Dragonsinger: Harper Of Pern (Pern: Harper Hall series)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 1:32:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2014 1:36:53 AM PST
R. Wilde says:
Not available in the U.S.

Todd McCaffrey posted on the Fantasy forum several months ago...I guess it's a rights issue, a different publisher has the Harper Hall series than the one which has the rest of the Perm books.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 1:48:20 AM PST
Sounds like you need to take an overseas holiday so you can buy those books! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 1:51:07 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Yes, publishing world is weird. Those books are published by Transworld Digital, a British publisher that used to be a division of Bantam Books. Now they are a part of Random House, and American company owned by German Bertelsmann.

If authors knew how will this play out, I guess they would be retaining digital publishing rights...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 2:04:10 AM PST
R. Wilde says:
I couldn't justify an overseas trip to myself just to buy a couple of ebooks.

On the other hand, buying a couple of ebooks AND tasting real beer again... that's another thing altogether.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 2:41:26 AM PST
Well, there you go! More than enough excuse :-)

You could get both here Down Under.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 7:05:09 AM PST
bookworm says:
@Divya who cares if you enjoy reading HP or other children's books? If you enjoy it, then enjoy it!! I'm in my 40's and plan to re-read the HP series again. I find that I read them with different perspective each time. I just can't imagine reading one of the later books in one day!! You must be a fast reader... or I'm a slow reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 12:57:35 PM PST
Just to clarify - there was no criticism of Divya in what I said. I do exactly the same. I've reread all my old favourites many times.

And yes, I'm a fast reader. In that respect, kindle has been a boon. I can afford to read again :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 2:16:32 PM PST
A few years ago, my mother died and I was going through a particuarly bad stretch. At first I couldn't read at all. Then I reread the Foreigner books over and over and over - at least 6 or 7 times, maybe more. I, a lifetime bookaholic, could not read anything else! Eventually, a new Foreigner book which I had pre-ordered was delivered (it was in April, of course). After I read the new Foreigner, I was able to return to "free" reading, and I felt much better. (You'll note that my nom d'Amazon reflects my debt to CJC.)

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 2:25:34 PM PST
First, you can't buy UK books just because you have traveled to the UK. Your account would still be a US account.

Second, I reread stuff all the time. If it has been at least a couple of years since I read the book, half the time I don't remember enough about the book that it's like reading it fresh. So, I get 2 fresh reads for the price of one!

I reread the Honor Harrington series, by David Weber, and the Miles Vorkosigan books, by Lois McMaster Bujold at least once a year. And, the Harry Potter series, too. I love those books, even though I am 61.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 2:40:11 PM PST
JJulieJ says:
I'm slowly buying Kindle editions of old favourites so I can reread them. And that includes Harry Potter (by the way I'm over 60). ;-)

I find my "comfort books" are what I want to read when I'm sick, or sometimes when I'm travelling and I'm too tired to read something new. We had a very hectic seven week trip to the UK last year and after a few days I found myself wanting to read some of my "comfort books" that were set in parts of the UK.

If I could afford it I'd have one massive shopping spree and replace all of my rereadable paper books with Kindle editions but, unfortunately, that's not possible especially at the rip-off Aussie prices.

So far I have:
Harry Potter
The Hobbit & LOTR
Some of Anne McCaffery's Dragon series (it's available in Australia).
Some Rosamund Pilcher's including Winter Solstice, which is top of my favourites list.
Some Agatha Christies.
The complete Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman collections by Kerry Greenwood.
My favourite Nora Roberts books, and a few JD Robb ones.
My favourite Robyn Carr books.
Most of Mary Stewart's books.
My favourite Georgette Heyers.
A few Nevil Shute books and I'd love to buy more of these but they are too expensive.

Some of these books have been "friends" for many many years and they are always a joy to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 2:41:32 PM PST
JJulieJ says:
Wanna bet? ;-)

Certainly you can't buy from Amazon.co.uk.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 2:43:26 PM PST
JJulieJ says:
The Miles Vorkosigan books are on my "buy again someday" list. They are great.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 2:49:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2014 2:53:36 PM PST
Actually, yes, you absolutely can buy UK books if you travel to the UK. Your account is still a US account, but you can change your place of residence to your holiday address, and that opens up more books for you **on the US site**.

I'm in Australia, registered to the US site, and I can see/buy those books while my residential address is here. If I change my res address to the US (in MYK, and without changing the account at all in any other way), then I get the "not available" message. And likewise in reverse - books that show as "unavailable" while I'm resident in Australia become available when I travel and change my res address in MYK.

ETA: It's all because digital rights are governed by the perceived point of purchase, which is taken to be where the buyer is, not where the seller is. If you live in the US, you're deemed to be in the US and you have available to you books sold in the US. But if you travel to the UK, you're temporarily deemed to be in the UK (despite your CC billing address being US) and you then have available to you books that are sold in the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 11:00:52 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
I think that at least some of them are available for free (along with "Honorverse" books) at http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 11:03:31 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
That's why Amazon sometimes asks for a proof of residence if one of us foreigners, with nether CC nor IP address in the USA, change our registered country of residence to the USA.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 5:10:08 AM PST
Mary McManus says:
If you are willing to settle for DTBs instead of having them on your Kindle, you can order them from Amazon UK. I have ordered many that were not available here.

As to books I have read more than once, I just read Pride and Prejudice again for the umteenth time. Some that I have read more than once or plan to:

James Lee Burke. The tin roof blowdown
R. Delderfield. To serve them all my days (or anything by Delderfield)
Kate Atkinson. The whole Jackson Brodie series
anything by Stewart O'Nan
Connie Willis. The Doomsday Book
John Galsworthy. The Forsyte Saga
Ariana Franklin. Mistress of the art of death
T. H. White. The once and future king
Louisa May Alcoott. Little women

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 1:51:40 PM PST
JJulieJ says:
Aargh! The last thing I need is more paper books. Our house is bulging at the seams with them. Plus I find them too hard to read these days - heavy, small fixed font, hard to turn pages with one hand, only contain one book, etc ;-).

That's why I'm slowly rebuying my favourites for Kindle. I already have paper editions.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 3:06:22 PM PST
I am in my mid-sixties and have been re-reading books all of my life. I see lots of re-read favorites here: CJ Cherryh (although I favor the Chanur series, myself), any and all of Anne McCaffrey's books, the Harry Potter series (yes, still!), the Honor Harrington series by David Weber and just about everything Barbara Hambly has ever written. I also recently read (for about the umpteenth time!) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden (the link is to a free copy.) It was my favorite childhood book, and I still love it all these years later! If I had just one wish from a fairy godmother, I think I would request every book I have ever loved to be magically added to my Kindle! That is probably the only way I could ever afford them all! I am slowly, but surely, replacing many of my DTBs with Kindle editions, but it is expensive and not all books are available on Kindle :-(

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 3:59:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2014 4:00:36 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
My favorite rereadables are mostly kids books, actually. Being a teacher probably influenced that (or was becoming a teacher influenced by my love of children's lit??;).

Harry Potter series
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
The Melendy Family books, the Gone-Away Lake books and Tatsinda by Elizabeth Enright
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Belgariad, the Mallorian as well as the 2 complementary books by David Eddings
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Five out of six Jane Austen books
Sherlock Holmes
Nero Wolfe (which I'm currently rereading)
The Alice books by Lewis Carroll

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2014 6:20:25 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
Me too for The Borrowers, also
Charlotte's Web
The Wind in the Willows

and another adut book:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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