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Books You've Read More Than Once

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Jones, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    An offshoot of the Books thread, which seems (rightly) to be more about current releases than your older favorites. And I figure if you've read a book more than once, that makes for a pretty solid recommendation. And frankly, I need to read more.

    For me, I have a few standbys to knock me out of slumps or to inspire better work:

    1) In Cold Blood, Truman Capote -- For the reporting, for the detail, for the turning of non-fiction into poetry.

    2) A Sense of Where You Are, John McPhee -- He was so young when he wrote it, and it's a quick read, but I think it's a good lesson in simple language. Whenever I feel like I'm getting too showy or verbose, I can read this in a night and be reminded of the beauty of clear, uncomplicated English.

    3) Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer -- Better than Into Thin Air, I think. Another quick read. An example of a work that goes down many paths without making them seem like tangents. It's a lesson in structure for me, especially if I'm dealing with a tricky story, something that hangs on a bunch of threads. It's a book with a spine, in the architectural sense.

    I read each of these at least once a year... But now I need some more.

    And apologies if this seems like it might dilute the Books thread. Not my intention, but if that's the feeling, this one can be deleted or merged.

    In the meantime, please help me build the book stack on my nightstand as tall as the pile of beat-off Kleenex.
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    The first book I ever read repeatedly was Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing. Four times in third grade alone.

    Alas, that won't do much to bolster your book stack, Jones. It's a fairly thin book.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Kingdom of Fear -- Hunter S. Thompson

    The Norton Unabridged Shakespeare (though as plays, these may not count)

    Homicide -- David Simon

    EDIT: Guilty pleasure readings: The Stand -- Stephen King and Cardinal of the Kremlin -- Tom Clancy
  4. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I have a hard enough time reading a book once. I honestly can't think of a book I've read twice. If I'm gonna read a book, might as well be something new. But that's just me.

    EDIT: I read Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing, but only once.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I've read almost all books I really like more than once, but here are the books I 've read more than twice.

    The Things They Carried

    A Moveable Feast

    The Son Also Rises

    Ball Four


    On The Road

    Guilty pleasure division:

    All the old Robert B. Parker Spenser books.

    I can read them over and again...
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Catcher in the Rye
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    All the President's Men
    Pond Scum and Vultures
    Rum Punch
    In Cold Blood

    Anything by Tom Perotta, Bret Easton Ellis, Jay McInerey...
  7. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Pretty much every Hemingway and Vonnegut Jr. book, plus:

    East of Eden - Steinbeck
    Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck
    Light in August - Faulkner
    As I lay Dying - Faulkner
    Lonesome Dove - McMurtry
    In the Time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
  8. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    I tend to read a lot of books more than once...hell, I've read a couple of the Harry Potter books three or four times...but here are a few that stand out.

    "Catcher in the Rye" -- J.D. Salinger
    "Cannery Row" -- John Steinbeck
    "Women" -- Charles Bukowski
    "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" HST
    "Swag" -- Elmore Leonard
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I try to read almost all of the collections of great writing... Charles Pierce's collection has been in my computer bag for the last month... Absolutely brilliant...

    As someone else mentioned, nothing gets you more pumped about your job than reading someone who is truly great...
  10. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    "Ender's Game"

    When I was a kid, I read this crappy Civil War book called 'Rifles for Waite' about 26 times. It launched an insane Civil War craze for me that lasted through college.
  11. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Most Hemingway books, both by and about him, especially "Hemingway on Writing."

    Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels - Kerouac
    Walden - Thoreau
  12. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    Mike Royko collections
    All the President's Men
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    The Breaks of the Game
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