In light of my Splash du Jour quote from this morning, I did some thinking about re-reading books. I found that I agree with what C.S. Lewis said -- "I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." [As an astute commenter noted, he should have included "women" -- especially since they tend to read a lot more than men do. Agreed.]
As I thought about it though, I found that I myself do not actually re-read a lot of books. When it comes down to it, in my entire life of constantly reading since birth, I think I have only re-read the ones seen in the above picture. And by sheer coincidence, the ones that I have re-read the most have been written by none other than C.S. Lewis!
I've read his novel Till We Have Faces at least three or four times. I love it so much. I've read his Space Trilogy, but only re-read the first in the series, Out of The Silent Planet. And I've read Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia several times over.
The Bible, I've definitely read that in its entirety more than once.
Then there is M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, worthy of a third reading for sure.
Anna Karenina, my favourite novel of all time, I've read it twice.
Tess of The D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy -- twice.
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, twice -- and the second time through, I followed along in a separate book of maps like a total geek!
Shakespeare's Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet I've read twice.
Other than these, I've been sort of a once-through guy, always moving on to something else.
It's a lot easier actually for me to think of books and authors that I WANT to read twice, like -- pretty much everything by Jose Saramago. Especially The Cave and Blindness.
Several books by Margaret Atwood are deserving of a second read.
I want to re-read the books of Eckhart Tolle.
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy. Amazing books!
Also, The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake -- I definitely want to re-read that.
Some of the great novels of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, like The First Circle and Cancer Ward -- I've wanted to re-read those for a long time now.
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies. Gotta put that on my re-read list also!
Plus, I want to one day get around to re-reading Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie -- for sure one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read.
How about you? Are you a re-reader of books?
Do you also have a sort of subconscious list in your mind of things you want to re-read, but simply never seem to get around to it?