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Can you read a book twice?
Posted 11/29/12
Only after time fades my memory of the contents.
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Posted 11/29/12
I can always read a book twice. I just make sure I wait a while before reading it a second time so that I don't remember everything that happens. Yeah, I usually remember some stuff when I'm reading, but it's still as exciting as when I read it the first time. Now the third time can be a little boring and after that, if I want to read it again, I wait a reeeeeeeallly long time before I do so. I've read the book Midnight in the Warriors: The New Prophecy series (The story about the cats in 4 Clans who believe in StarClan) about 4 or 7 times.
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Posted 11/29/12
I personally can not read a book twice. Something about knowing or at least having a general idea of what happens next ruins the whole experience for me. The whole point of reading a book to me is experiencing the "adventure". What is the point of having the same adventure more than once?
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Posted 11/29/12
Probably not.
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Posted 11/29/12
I used to only read everything once, except the Eragon series

But I find if enough time has passed, I can re-read a book more easily. Sometimes its weird, tho. I have my memory's impression of the book, and I feel odd if i start to think up new settings or faces as I read.

There was one series I tried to re-read after about 4 years. I had loved it the first time through, but I ended up putting it down the second time. I remembered the ending so clearly because I was so upset with it that the whole series felt tainted.
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Posted 11/29/12
the moonstone- wilkie collins
twelfth night-shakespeare
the rose tattoo-tennessee williams

and others. those are just my ones that i read over and over
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Posted 11/29/12
If it's pretty complex like hard sci-fi or fantasy you can read that 5-10yrs later and get more out of it. Life experience/perspective can add to the narrative maybe... 2 times is enough for me though...
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Posted 11/29/12
I often measure how good a book is by how many times I've reread it... For example, I've reread all the Harry Potter books at least 5 times each, but I've only ever read the Twilight books once each. Guess which I find better! I love rereading books, it's like coming back to meet old friends again.
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Posted 11/29/12
I've read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn about six times. I say about six times because I never read the last chapter until the sixth time through out of fear
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Posted 11/29/12
My friends call me a librarian. For the most part I only read a book once but there are exceptions. When you chance upon something profound, it is almost criminal to only read it once. Especially if it is something that relates directly to real life or how to deal with difficult situations. I read manga but mostly fiction and fantasy books. I read to escape from the world. So when I read and find nuggets that are huge life lessons and sayings and such I always remember to go back to those later. Best romance quote was from a horror story I once read "...and so their marriage was consummated" instead of nasty details, nice. Also reading how a young dragon learned to transend its heritage by faeries, oh my and the greatest strategy in warfare used ever was actually used by Bregan D'Arthe in the SellSwords trilogy. "When all is a facade..." yeah I suppose I've learned much in my readings, I see things very differently than most. So yes I do re-read some books, but not most.
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Posted 11/29/12
Yes. First time is usually a speed read; second time is a more careful examination of the book. And if its good, a third and fourth reading too.
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Posted 11/29/12
yea ive read a bunch of books many times just cuz they are fun reads n shit
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Posted 11/30/12
definitely, even four/five times and more if really enjoyed it.
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Posted 11/30/12
I've read the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny over 30 times. So yes.
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Posted 11/30/12
God I can hardly get to the end of a book once, let alone twice.
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