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Old 01-16-2016, 05:12 PM
 
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I want to re read one of the books that I read 5 years by my favourite author Lesley Pearse .From what I remember, I really enjoyed the book. However, Since there has been so much time passed,I don't remember the characters , the settings and plot of the story. Is this normal?

Does everything come back to you when you re read the novel? Does it all feel like new after time has passed?
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:39 PM
 
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I have re-read and found that I may remember the basics but I feel like I discover new things too.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Yes, every few years I reread two of my favorites, To Kill A Mockingbird and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Never disappointed in rereading them.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:42 PM
 
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yes, only 2... Alias Grace and The Charm School
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:45 PM
 
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OMG, some books I've read at least 10 times. And I can't even count the number of times I've read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books. And everything by Georgette Heyer. And many others. I tend to re-read what I call "comfort books".


On the other hand, I seem to remember less about what I read than others do. I just like to experience the story - I'm a visualizing reader. So maybe it takes being an uncritical reader to be able to enjoy re-reading novels over and over again.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Outlander
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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I re-read constantly. Whether if feels new or not depends on how long it's been, of course.

Oscar Wilde — 'If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.'
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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I've done it many times. I recently re-read two Michael Connelly novels that his Amazon show, Bosch, was based on. That led me to re-read some of my other favorites of his. We watched the entire Harry Potter marathon a few weeks ago (though commercials were annoying, so we watched our blu-ray collection) and now I want to re-read the entire series, which I have read multiple times.

Every year or so, I re-read The Great Gatsby, as well as some of my fave novels by Kafka, Camus and others.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:03 PM
 
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I buy novels I have enjoyed, then read and reread them to dogeardom.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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The great Russian authors are always rewarding to revisit. War and Peace is a lot of work to get through, but I've read it three times.

Dostoevsky's great novels- like Tolstoy's- can't be read just once if you want to get a grasp of their full complexity, IMO. The Brothers Karamazov is a good example, although it isn't my favorite. I actually like The Possessed (Demons) more, and I've read it 5 or 6 times. Same with Crime & Punishment. It's a testament to his genius how compelling and "alive" his characters still are after nearly 2 centuries!
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