Going back over books and seeing how the experience they gave was put together is pure bliss for me. Sometimes though, it's just comforting. It's like rewatching your favourite movie, eating comfort food or maybe just sinking into that armchair that now has formed perfectly into the shape of your arse! As to how many times? For me generally I like to read a book three times. As to which book I've read the most, that's a difficult question, one that I don't truthfully know the answer to. It may be Robin Hobbs Farseer trilogy, since I read those books at a very young age and reread them every now and again.
I reckon I've read that book at least fifteen times by now. I've moved over to the kindle now but my bookcases are full and I have a rule that I only keep books that I will reread. A compromise with my wife. Any book I really enjoyed I will read again. Some I reread every years or so after "I've forgotten enough". The rest of the series Tigana, at least 7 or 8 times now. It's such a beautiful book, and written with GGK's hallmark profound humanity, that it still has the ability to affect me something like 20 years on.
I haven't read Tigana in years, but it still remains one of the best books I've ever read. If anyone here hasn't read it, I highly recommend you do. The Taltos books, whenever he releases a new one, I reread the whole lot. I've always done them in publication order, I think next time I'll read them chronologically. There are more, but these are the ones I have standing -some lying in tatters - on my shelf right now.
Love rereading the following: The first and last series on the list are especially super enjoyable to read over and over again.
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Brainless, pretty straight forward action with loveable characters and good spirit all over. You are too far down on this list. Those ladies can spin a yarn that's oddly comforting. I've read most of Discworld twice, and I imagine I'll read it many more times. It's my comfort food. Most books I've read and liked I'll revisit at some point - I tend to hold onto my books for that reason. Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels many, many times each. Glen Cook's work a lot. Steven Brust's Dragearan series, and the Kaavren romances. Piers Anthony's older stuff multiple times.
I re-read it at least once a year. Also the Naamah books, I've re-read those at least 3 or 4 times. Damia by Anne McCaffrey, too many times to count. I think I've re-read several of her Pern novels and also her novella An Exchange of Gifts is one of my favorite things ever. Prolly a bunch of other stuff. If I really like something, I'm definitely going to re-read it. Books are like a comfort thing for me, some of them are like old friends, and I need to revisit them constantly. I lost my mojo earlier this year. I didn't read a single book between the beginning of Jan until halfway through April.
It happens, life happens, sometimes you get burned out on reading and need a break. It'll come back eventually. I have never seen a series that rewards you more for rereading it. There is so much lore and world building packed into every page, but it's sometimes so subtle you have to reread it a few times to understand it fully. The genius of Rothfuss is that this doesn't distract from the story.
The first time you read it, the story is just a very enjoyable and we'll written fantasy story, but the second time you find out how no line was unimportant and that the history of the world is hidden in every chapter. Then you go through Tor. This would be a chore if the writing was good enough to make revisiting a book more like watching a favorite movie again. I have read and listened to this series several times. Every time through I discover more things I missed. Or look at the buried tidbits in a new light and discover something neat.
I typically end up rereading most fantasy books eventually. I actually finished a reread of kingkiller just last night. Certain authors that i have a soft spot for, such as David Gemmell and Jim Butcher, I'll reread multiple times. I've listened to The First Law trilogy countless times because Steven Pacey makes every other narrator sound like a hack. I love Glockta's opening scene and then Logen's farewell to his pot. Pacey narrates it so well.
For my favorite series, I usually reread the previous novels leading up to a new release depending on the length and when I picked them up. I think the books I've reread the most are the Dragonlance Chronicles. It's been a good few years since I last read it but I must have read it at least 5 times while I was at school.
I've reread most Tolkien at least once. In the case of Silmarillion I disliked it 1st time, loved it 2nd time and it was probably the opposite for LotR. I've read the 1st few WoT books multiple times but never got close to completing the series. I started rereading GoT books recently but stopped at the 2nd or 3rd, it really wasn't as good as I remembered. I just finished The Black Company for the 2nd time and unusually it was just as awesome as the 1st time.
I've read the entirety of Harry Potter twice, though I've read the first few a whole bunch I would reread the series before the next movie would come out. Eragon and Eldest at least 4 times with Brisingr either twice or thrice. There's certainly a bunch more in terms of individual books; these are just series that popped into my head. I read Lord of the Rings every Autumn. I read it first when I was ten, I think, about 4 times in a row.
So once a year since then is sixteen more times. Asoiaf probably six or seven times. The wait for the next book has been excoriating.
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I feel like an addict. I've read all of them dozens of times. I've got some memory loss from my seizure disorder so even though I've read them so many times the plots still surprise me lol. Harry Potter countless times, I had to buy a new box set after my original paperbacks and even hardbacks books 6 and 7 fell apart.
I generally reread if I feel I'm missing something. But mostly I'd rather read something new. The ease of getting new books and my larger financial resoures these days mean much less rereading these days. I've read the following twice: Norrell and several Discworld novels. Starting when book 6 was out, I have re read the Wheel of Time each time a new book was released. Have done the same with a song of ice and fire. I also have read mistborn twice, the cold fire trilogy three times, Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies a couple times, and the Dragonlance stuff a few times as well.
Sadly, as I get older, I have less and less time to read so I try to just focus on new stuff. I really feel my comprehension of ongoing series suffers for it though: LOTR at least ten times which is low level compared to some people I know , then about 40 other titles 2x. No I literally mean wizards' first rule. The rest of the series was mostly meh, but I read the shit out that book.
I've read the Lord of the rings every year since I was 16 22 now. I don't think I'll ever reread anything as much. I've read through A Song of Ice and Fire twice. I've read The Neverending Story at least three times. The Princess Bride at least three times. And not Fantasy but Dune is definitely my most re-read book at I believe five times.
Many of the Discworld books I've read several times. And the non-Discworld books from Pratchett too actually. And then I've read LotR a number of times. These days though, I just add books to my To Read list faster than I can actually read them Right now I'm re-reading Melissa Scott's Roads of Heaven , which I last read in the eighties when it came out, and enjoying it immensely.
I just recently ordered some used copies of Jo Clayton's Skeen trilogy, which I have insanely fond memories of. Looking forwards to seeing if it's as much of an obscure gem as I remember it being. His stuff was great as a teen, then severely problematic once I was done with puberty. I am NOT a re-reader, usually. No clue why, I just think it has to deal with a sense of trying to tackle so many books on my to-read shelf.
And I'll be damned if I don't cry like a baby at the end of Abhorsen. I've read every Harry Potter book at least 3 times and the first ones about ten Also some other books I enjoyed when I was young. I've read the first 10 Wheel of Time novels twice -- once as they were coming out, and once after everything was out.
I've read many of Roger Zelazny's books multiple times. Six or seven for The Chronicles of Amber , twice for most of the others. I've lost count on the number of times I've read A Night in the Lonesome October ; I often re-read it a chapter a day in October, though I didn't this year. I read The Dark is Rising once as a kid and once as an adult. I read the first Dragonlance Chronicles book three or four times as a kid; the school librarian had specifically ordered it for me for a school book fair, so I had it at home permanently.
In both cases, I tend to have them lying around and just pick them up and start reading some times same goes with the Zelazny. When I was younger, I re-read the Belgariad and the first Pern trilogy numerous times. I haven't been back to them for a while now, though.
No matter how many "better" fantasy novels I read, about every years I find myself re-reading Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. I've read the whole series about 5 times. I can't wait for the new books to come out. A lot of them, but something maybe no one else will mention is Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber series. I read the first 5 books so many times I can't even guess.
The second series of 5 books is also good but not of the compulsively rereadable quality of the first 5. One of my favorite worlds. My favorite thing to reread is Kingkiller. Every fall, it's become a tradition! I skip anything involving Denna, though: Mostly just different parts I love.
In the middle of a reread right now for The Bone Queen's February release. The Hobbit a few times. LotR a few times, too; not for ages, though. I have read The Fellowship recently via philsstuffofdoom audiobook, which I though was fantastic.
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Also, the BBC's dramatisation is an absolute favourite I have listened to 5 or so times. LotR around Christmas, pretty much every year. Amber, quite a few times. The Witcher short stories. A number of different Pratchett titles, Small Gods and Guards! All of the Harry Potters several times , The Hobbit, the Abhorsen trilogy because I found out about Clariel late in the game, and also had wanted to reread them anyway , most of The Chronicles of Narnia. I'm having trouble thinking of others right now. Oh, does Ella Enchanted count as fantasy? Because I lost count of how many times I read that.
It was my favorite book as a kid. Ive read the original Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier more times than I can count, well My copies no longer have covers. This comment has been overwritten by an open source script to protect this user's privacy. It was created to help protect users from doxing, stalking, and harassment. If you would also like to protect yourself, add the Chrome extension TamperMonkey , or the Firefox extension GreaseMonkey and add this open source script.
Then simply click on your username on Reddit, go to the comments tab, scroll down as far as possibe hint: Also, please consider using Voat. Like someone else on this page I noticed while reading the comments, then forgot their username , I really like re-reading books. It's a large part of the experience for me, and if I like it once then I will like it through all subsequent reads. I'm also fortunate enough to read quickly, so I've re-read almost every single book which I own at least once, and through libraries and friends I've re-read many others, too.
However, while I've read The Wheel of Time perhaps eight or nine times by now discounting the Sanderson books, because they don't hold my interest in the same way as the earlier , the book which I've re-read the most is definitely The Lord of the Rings. It's been my favourite book for decades, and I make a point of reading it at least one annually every few years I'll do a binge-rereading of it and read it times in one year.
I'm currently on my 32nd time through The Fellowship of the Ring , directly following the conclusion of my 31st time. I'll likely read it at least once more before Christmas, too, since it's just such a wonderful book. The eye of the world first book in the wheel of time series by robert jordan.
I reread the entire series in anticipation of a new book being released in the series, everytime.
I still think it's one of the best books in the series. I got into the series around book 6 or 7, so I've read teotw around 8 times. I started reading the series in middle school and now I'm When I go back there is always new stuff to read. Dresden will always have a special place in my heart.
Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are the books I grew up with and my comfort books so I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I have read them. Other books I re-read because they are simply delightful like Belgariad and others because they fill me with wonder or are just awesome like Stormlight.
I've re-read Weis and Hickman's two main Dragonlance trilogies who knows how many times, though not in about ten years so so, since I got and read the annotated edition. I used to read the Lord of the Rings every few years, but, again, I expect it's been about a decade since I last did. I also have re-read Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series just a ridiculous number of times, but also not in at least years or so, since I last tracked down some used copies of some books that went out on loan and didn't come back.
I do expect to be doing some more re-reading in the coming years, both as I start to forget books I haven't read in years Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, Thorn, which I loved, and he's working on a new book in that world, and I hardly remember any details at all at this point and because my kids are getting old enough that we'll be getting to middle grade fantasy quite soon. The Dark is Rising! Not too many - I have reread Redwall, Martin the Warrior, and Salamandastron once each; The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings has gotten at least two full readings and one failed attempt that ended in the first hundred pages of Return of the King , when I was about eleven, right after I first read The Hobbit.
I haven't read either in a while, but I'd be curious to see how well Redwall holds up as an adult. I did a pretty recent Redwall reread to answer the same question; one can definitely tell that a youthful audience was intended, but they're still fun and engaging due to the stupendous worldbuilding, accents, and cultures of the various critters. There's enough nastiness from the vermin armies, but they come off as a little more comical and less terrible now that I've been exposed to more 'adult' evil armies.
Didn't merit a bunch more rereads to me, but they'd still be fun to read with a school class or young relative. I expected about as much. My wife and I both loved those books as kids, so we've got a good little collection of them for whenever we're able to share them with some younger kids. The Name of the Wind twice, first read through I thought it was crap. So I waited a couple of years then re-read it. When I was younger I used to reread books I liked quite frequently but these days I barely have time to read the books I have once.
I reread the Dragonlance chronicle at least 4 times and the second trilogy twice. I've reread The Name of the Wind once a year, for the past six years, and I listened to the audiobook this year as well. The Wise Man's Fear only twice though. I've reread Legend about three times. It was the one that started it all for me, so I return to it every so often.
Also Game of Thrones. The first one, I haven't gotten a chance to reread the others. I reread a lot of books that I enjoy. If it's been a year or two and I'm not in the mood for anything specific, I'll reread a series. I also enjoy listening to a series I've already read. Just finished LOTR for the umpteenth time. Currently rereading the Lightbringer series. I know that I should wait until Book 4 comes out, but I couldn't resist.
Planning to reread the Stormlight Archives every time I new one comes out. Going through my second reading of the mistborn trilogy, since the 2nd series wasn't out when I first read it.
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I've read the Harry Potter series twice.. Read the Night Angel trilogy three times I think? Read the Lightbringer series a second time when the newest book came out. Highest re-read count would be Kingkiller and the Demon Cycle, the whole Sonea trilogies. Should all be at times, I need new books t. Duh, I always struggle to describe this. I didnt start with that much but like sports you get better when you train something. With every page it resets and starts from new.
I always read 2 lines at once if you put it that way. The other thing is but this comes from experience and long time reading that in addition to the 2 lines at once, I can add another line or quick read 2 if I focus on the Subject, Object and predicate and eliminate the non-essential words like "and", "or" gross example but I dont have a handy line. Thats why I often re-read books, I get the story when I read that fast but for the utmost fine-tuning I read the books often twice.
I'm having a good freaking day to get 40 pages an hour in English, and that's my native tongue Nobody ever talks about the Obsidian Chronicles but those books are so good. I get pretty down around this time of year, every year so I do a yearly re-read of my favorite series'. Gentleman Bastards I'm on 3 or 4. Stormlight Archives and Night Angel I've re-read 3 times each. Harry Potter has been done a few times and audiobooked once with the US version and once with the UK version.
I've read WoT twice through and audiobooked them all twice. At some point I'll reread all of those but I'll probably wait a few years and hope the rest of the series is out doubtful! I read Kingkiller chronicles once and audiobooked them once as well. Tales of the Ketty Jay books and the Traveller's Gate have had several rereads as well.
There are probably about 30 or so other standalone books I've read more than once. I've stopped rereading as much as I used to, same as many have already said, due to by tbr list getting bigger all the time and I just don't have the time or need to reread when there is always something new I want to get into. Lotr and the Hobbit are two that i reread every year since i bought them.
To this time they have been reread 4 times and Lotr is waiting for the 5 th. I just finished rereading Harry Potter series for the third time. Great memories from my childhood. Once I'm finished with the Gentleman Bastards and Jim Butcher's new novel I plan on working through the Dresden Files again, then I might read Codex Alera another time before starting a new series - I'm thinking Wheel of Time, but we'll see when the time comes.
In the first half of this year, I read a few series that really stuck out in my mind as fantastic so I have been spending this past 4 months rereading them to make sure they were actually as good as I thought and not just new to me. This series is just I loved everything about it, both reads through. Plays very nicely off the classic LotR style Fantasy but with may modern improvements.
Fantastic character building and the story is one of those great ones that grows with the readers investment. The first book was amazing, the second got much better on the second pass, and my original thoughts on the third book held true: It is a fun book that sets up for bigger and better things to come. Other than those 3, I have also just reread the Mistborn series to refresh myself for Shadows of Self which was awesome by the way. Read it twice total, hoping I would see in it what others do the second time.
The Deathgate Cycle by Weiss and Hickman. Read it first in high school, reread it years ago. The first 6 books of Wheel of Time. I read the whole series as the last few were coming out. After seeing the love for it in this Sub I decided to give it another go. I downloaded the Audiobooks and started through. I had to stop after the 5th or 6th book and just could not make it any further. They're kind of my comfort books. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.
Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I initially bought this because this would be my third read of the series at least that I can recall.. I started around , I think And, I've been known to skip some of the writing in the originals because, well, there's just so dang much of it! Leigh's summaries are fantastic. I've gone back and forth reading her summary and then going back to the original book, and she does an absolutely excellent job on picking out the parts you need to get the gist of the story.
I have to say, I bought the summary for books and I just had to go back and read the originals. One of the reasons was, fact is, Rand is at his coolest for the most part through the first six books. In later books , Jordan started to digress into secondary plotlines a bit too much - and I expect to be depending on the summaries even more than I did here.
Having said that, what's also fantastic is the commentaries - with one caveat mentioned by another reviewer. Sometimes, Leigh gets a bit redundant about the inequality of the sexes and such - but, I have to say, I've read most of them and walked away a bit more conscious of a females plight in this world.
Not exactly what I expected, but on the flip side, gals who read fantasy are pretty dang smart, so, there you go. I mean, like pointing out the similarities between Catholicism and the Schism and the Aes Sedai and the White Tower, or digging up some nuggets where Jordan drew inspiration for various personalities, like Moiraine Merlin , Galahad Galad , etc.
Also, what's great is that she'll highlight things that you see or remember from previous parts of the book and it saves me a TON of time looking this stuff up myself. I mean, even Padan Fain, for crying out loud. Hey, it was the '90s! I now make notes in my kindle, but there are times when I've really benefited from Leigh's commentaries because of that.
Now - about her style. Her personality comes through and she's really quite entertaining to read on her own. She's got a great voice and I'd love to see her right some first person POV fantasy of her own - I could really get into it. Heck, she's the type of writer you'd really like to get to know and have a few drinks discussing the finer points of your favorite subject - The Wheel of Time, of course!
In other words, her writing voice is very approachable. I do kinda wish she'd have been a tad more careful in spoilers, and I don't mean just in the book you're in. She'll drop tidbits about characters from 3 or 4 books later. So, be mindful of that, and perhaps come back to the commentaries after you've read the originals. Since I've read all the way to book 10 already, it hasn't been a huge issue for me, but I did want to mention it. I love the summaries but sometimes gives away to much in the commentaries section, assumes the reader is already caught up to book One person found this helpful.
Definitely good for a re-read. But, if this is the first time reading the series, I highly recommend reading the full books. These re-reads are fantastic, whether you are reading along with them or are just using them as a refresher. I highly recommend them. Great to read along while on the journey to get every detail in order.
Also adds spice to the already fantastic dish that is, Wheel of Time. Wanted to reread the last two, and this saves the time of rereading every word of the first 12 books for the umpteenth time, and I am having quite a few "aha! Just wish Leigh would stop whining so much about the inequities between the sexes. Yeah, yeah, we all know life isn't fair, and humans simply aren't politically correct by nature. Do we need to hear it over and over and over? There were quite a few times I just skipped her commentaries because I knew what was coming.
All in all, though - highly entertaining. See all 11 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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