Not surprisingly, according to a recent survey, the most reread book is - you guessed it - Harry Potter, at the top of the list.
The top ten reread books are, according to the survey:
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
6. 1984 by George Orwell7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
8. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
10. Catch-22 by Joseph HellerOf these books, I've reread seven of them least three times. Of the remaining three, I've read 1984 once and hope never to read it again (glad I read it once, but that was enough). And Catch-22 is on my list to read again some day. But - I'm sure this is a shocker - I've never read The Da Vinci Code. Am I the only one left who hasn't?
I never really thought about books in terms of "re-readability" before. But there are certainly some that I reread on a fairly regular basis. Some because I want to refresh my memory before continuing in a series (which may well be one of reasons HP was #1 on the list), and some because I just love to return to the characters and world in which the book is set (Jane Austen's books fit this category).
I have often reread books by Laurie R. King, Laurell Hamilton, Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, Edward Eager, Diana Wynne Jones, Charles de Lint, Charles Dickens, Anne McCaffrey, C.J. Cherryh, Douglas Adams, Eva Ibbotson, Jane Yolen, Barbara Kingsolver, and Anne Lamott - that list is just off the top of my head. As I was writing down the authors, I realized that one of the criteria I use for categorizing writers in the "my favorite writer" category is that they absolutely must write re-readable books!
What about you? Do you have books or authors that you regularly reread? Are you like the people in the study and know within the the first chapter or 50 pages, etc., if you will reread the book? I don't think I know for sure till I finish the book. What is it about these books that makes you want to take the time to reread them when there are so many other books out there that you haven't read?