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    As a slow reader (sometimes it may take me months to read a book), it fascinates me that people talk about re-reading books. So I was wondering how widespread this is. Me, I've never re-read a book, I don't think. And I doubt I ever will. I always want to, of course - books I've read years and decades ago, but fuck, there's always new stuff to read! What say you?

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    I’m constantly re-reading books. I have a few that I’ve re-read 4 and 5 times. Mostly it’s because I’m too cheap and lazy to go out and get new books. I have a list of books that I want to read that I’ve just never gotten around to borrowing or buying.

    I always bring a book with me to work so I have something to do on my breaks and lunch. I read pretty fast so I can go through a book in a week or two.
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    This is where I think audiobooks come in handy. I have tons of books to read, and I'm always buying more. I'm not a slow reader, but you're right, Pablo--there's always more to read!!! I've reread a bunch of SKs books through the speakers of my car, but it's rare for me to pick up a physical book more than once (except for a couple that I read 20+ years ago).

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    I often reread books that I like. If I don't care too much about a book, I just don't reread it. When rereading a book, I often find things that I missed the previous times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhanic View Post
    I often reread books that I like. If I don't care too much about a book, I just don't reread it. When rereading a book, I often find things that I missed the previous times.

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    what John said.

    If I like a book, I'll reread it many times, once in a shorter or longer while. I am an extremely fast reader, and I always read a few books at once, one (maximum two) of which is new and the others are rereads. There also are books I reread every year or two. (I am talking only about books in Russian and English, because I read much slower in other languages.)

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    The only time I ever re-read books is when a film adaptation is coming out and it's been awhile since I've read the book. Other than that, while there are a lot of books that I would love to read again, there's just too many that I haven't read yet!
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    I never re-read books. Always something new out there for me to read, and that's how I'd rather spend my free time

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    I re-read favorite books or series of books. I also re-read when there is a movie adaptation or sequel in the offing. I re-read The Shining before reading Doctor Sleep for instance.
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    I have this habit where I actually re-read books instead of reading new books I've bought. So I end up needing new copies of books 3 or 4 times over, while having scores of books that are new and unread sitting next to the bookshelf. I just love the old books soooo much

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    Rarely do I ever re-read anything. There are a few exceptions to this but upon the re-read I've found hidden gems of phrases or ideas that I missed the first time around.

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    i'm currently collecting The Witcher series and so when the next volume comes out because it has to be translated from Polish i re read the previous volumes
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    I re-read those books I really enjoy. Ive reread the DT series, LOTR, and Harry Potter many times; as well as individual novels like The Stand, The Night Circus, and others.
    Audiobooks are an awesome format for rereads since you cant skim over details, as I often do when reading a new book and hurrying along the plot.

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    I re-read some books yearly but these are often smaller books. It's harder to re-read longer books. Books like Notes From Underground, Candide and Catcher In The Rye and The Sun Also Rises I can re-read over and over.
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    I am a Constant Re-Reader. I have a number of SK favourites that I have read dozens of times and (apart from the most recent books) I have read every SK book at least twice.

    I also listen to audio books in the car, the DT books get a listen at least once a year.
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    There are a number of books I've reread more than once. I've read It a couple of times now. Although I try to spread out rereads, probably less than once a year.


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    I voted rarely..

    It's been a long time since I actually did re-read a book, but I can see myself re-reading a few special books in the future. Atlas Shrugged, some DT books, maybe LoTR. Recently I've read some great books like It, and although they're almost perfect I seem to have no desire to read it again. And then there's books like Pet Semetary, which aren't as perfect but actually make me feel like re-reading them already.

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    just now... I have unfinished Mr.Mercedes, a ton of books to (re)read for the article I have to write very soon... and guess what bears are doing? They are rereading The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, and looking forward to rereading at least three more Dickens' novels

    actually, thought of rereading Chuzzlewit because bearmother is now reading it (in Russian), and there's great delight in reading books together - even though it is in different places and different languages

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    I have not read Chuzzlewit. I will put that on my to-read list. I have loved every Dickens I've ever read. I tried to listen to an audiobook, but got so lost I stopped. His works are something to be read and cherished.

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    I'll re-read a book if it's something I loved the first time around. There are those rare instances where a book affects me in such a way, that I want to experience that feeling a second or third time around.
    It's like revisiting a close friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    I have not read Chuzzlewit. I will put that on my to-read list. I have loved every Dickens I've ever read. I tried to listen to an audiobook, but got so lost I stopped. His works are something to be read and cherished.
    oh, do read Chuzzlewit! It's such delight!

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    I feel honored to be an honorary bear. It's on my short list now.

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    Even books I thought I hated I've reread. Second/Third time through is when I make my final decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deaf&Dumb View Post
    Even books I thought I hated I've reread. Second/Third time through is when I make my final decision.

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    I retread frequently, though most of the books I have retread are King. Some like pet Sematary I have read a half a dozen times or more. I think I've read IT three times, though my last time through I told myself it was the last time because it is falling apart.
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    Though if I don't make it through at least 25 new books a year, I am disappointed in myself.
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