I think it’s so interesting to know which books a person has read more than once. To read something more than once has to mean that there was something quite special or meaningful inside the book that really spoke to you or helped you. And for me, If a book is special enough to read more than once, it probably means I’ll keep coming back to it for my whole life. So I wanted to share a list of some of the books that I keep coming back to. Full disclosure: I’m including listening to the audio version or reading it as counting for reading a book multiple times. I’d love for you to leave a comment of what books you keep coming back to.
Books Worth Reading Multiple Times
The Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
I was quite late to the Harry Potter addiction. I didn’t see any of the movies or read any of the books until my 20’s, but I’m totally on board now. I’m in awe of the detailed world that J.K. Rowling created and the intricate plot that has mysteries from book one that you don’t fully understand until the end. And there are such good morals to the story without the good and bad being really obvious and black and white like in other books. Plus, she created strong female characters that I wish I could have learned from growing up. I love the audio books. I always get in the mood to listen through the whole series each winter. Snow makes me in a Harry Potter mood I guess. I’ve been listening to these at work lately which makes the day go by so much faster. My favorite of the series has to be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. What’s your favorite?
Life At Home & One Summer: America, 1927 (Bill Bryson)
We’ve been reading/listening to most of Bill Bryson’s books together at bedtime and these two are my favorites. I’ve re-listened to these ones because there is just so much information and something new strikes me every time. If you like history, these are fantastic.
In Life at Home, Bryson talks you through interesting fact about all of the things in your home that you never think twice about. Why are salt and pepper always on the table and why is room and board called that? There’s a long history to every item in our homes and it’s really cool to learn about why we have the rooms we do and how the things in them came about.
In One Summer: America, 1927, Bryson goes through all of the big things that happened in one summer. It ranges from crime to sports to Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic. There are so many extra bits added in that you never read about in your history textbooks. I love this kind of compilation of “random” history all put together in a way that makes sense.
Anthem (Ayn Rand)
This was assigned reading my freshman year of high school and I’ve read through it several times since then. I think that as a high school student, the need for individualism is so strong and this book really satisfied that. I also remember that it was so completely different than anything I had read before. You really want the characters to break free of the paths chosen for them and realize that they are special and different. I actually haven’t ever read anything else by Ayn Rand and I know people generally have strong opinions of her work and world view, but I enjoyed this book at 13 and still enjoy it now.
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Pride & Prejudice, and Persuasion (Jane Austen)
I never get sick of the old British classics! I’ve read quite a few, but I always come back to these three. I just get hooked on the characters and all that they go through to find love. Once you get used to the slower pace of these older books, you really enjoy getting into the everyday life of the women and wish you could spend time with them. Jane Eyre used to be my favorite, though it is quite sad in parts. She has a very unique journey to love and independence. Then I read Pride and Prejudice and loved Elizabeth’s humor and sass. Persuasion has been my more recent favorite. It’s about leaning to trust your own instincts which I think has always been hard for me. I’ve read all three of these more times than I can count! They’ve become comforting stories to me.
America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams (Economides)
There are a few money saving books that I’ve reread multiple times, but this one sticks out the most to me. When we lived extra tight off of one small income, I checked this book out from the library over and over again. It has so many tips on how to budget as well as how to save money on groceries, utilities, gifts, and everything else. Parts of it are becoming a little outdated, but it still has a ton of great advice for saving money when you need to cut costs.
Those are my books worth reading multiple times! It’s kind of fun to look at them all and see the variety. Some novels, history, classics, and some nonfiction. Yeah, that’s pretty much my reading style. Although I do also love a good mystery. But I don’t usually read those more than once because the fun is in trying to figure out “who done it”.
⇒What book have you read more than once? Why do you keep coming back to them?
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