Do You Re-Read Books?

The day was gray and the rain wouldn’t stop. I decided to read a book. I have piles, literally, piles of new books just waiting to be read, but I ignored them. I had the overwhelming desire to read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I don’t normally re-read books, but there are one or two that I go back to once-in-a-while.

When I read Lord of the Rings, I feel like I’m going home. I don’t know why, and I suppose it’s silly to say, but that’s how it makes me feel. I enjoy the earthiness of the story, and the camaraderie between the characters. I like the heroes and heroines faults and all, and I guess, especially for their faults. I don’t schedule when to re-read it, it just happens.

I asked my co-workers what books they re-read and here is a smattering of what they said.

Cyndi likes to re-read when she’s tired because she doesn’t have to concentrate as much, and she finds books more entertaining when she reads them a second time. Her go to author is Elizabeth Peters.

Julie re-reads Lord of the Flies by William Golding, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Sharon enjoys to re-visit essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Loren Eisley, and David Sedaris.

Emma did not hesitate when she told me what books she reads over and over again: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and  A Wrinkle In Time by Madaleine L’Engle are Lynne’s favorite books to read again.

And last but not least, Linda’s two favorite books to read again are by the same author: Great Lion of God and Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell.

Do you re-read books? What are your favorite books to re-read?