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For me, I can't say I've re-read a single thing. I move on to something new and never look back. Sometimes I wonder if I'm missing something though for not having gone back with more experienced eyes...
I have re-read other books from high school which I hated then, such as the Scarlet Letter and Ethan Frome, but enjoyed reading as an "adult" (I'm not sure if I am one of those yet). I will say, I have tried to re-read Dickens but I dislike him just as much now as I did then. But I love Hawthorne today, I have Blithedale Romance on my to-read list.
In general, I don't do re-reads, since there are already so many books on my TBR list, but I am considering re-reading a few more things that I read in my teens (Salinger, A Tale of Two Cities, As I Lay Dying, A Brave New World, etc) and seeing if time has changed my impression of them.
Oh, and I want to re-read Little Women, since I remember loving it so much as a kid.
I do have one re-reading tradition: I've read at least two Jane Austen novels a year for more than 20 years now. I've only read one so far in 2007, but I still have a day and a half. ;)
I started reading young adult and older children's fiction in 2006 - some of those were re-reads I hadn't set eyes on in 20-odd years. I loved Black Beauty as a child, but as an adult, I didn't see the appeal (and was annoyed by the "Uncle Tom" attitudes).
This is part of why I'm trying to get back to getting new books again. My library was very stagnant for a while. It's expanding again, and I have about 15 books that I haven't read before now.
I'm not much of a re-reader, I suppose it's because I already know the ending. However, when I've run out of unread books, I will pick up either The Stand or Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, and do a partial re-read until I've found something new to read.
I have 2 friends who are mega re-readers - one has read the Anita Blake series something like 20 times, the other bounces between re-reads - he reads the Harry Potter Series, then the Lord of the Rings, then the Dark Tower series and then he starts over again with Harry Potter. I think they are nuts!
The Stand by Stephen King
Maia by Richard Adams
The Chronicles of Naria by C S Lewis
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
I found all of them to be as wonderful as I remembered.
i've also re-read, at some point, the entire Discworld series by terry Pratchett and Savages by Shirley Conran.
I have to admit, though, re-reading is, for me, the reading equivalent to comfort eating - I tend to do it when I'm feeling under the weather and can't be bothered concentrating on somethign new. Instead, I'll pick up an old favourite and visit with them for a while till I feel up to trying something previously unread.
But it's true. I do it too, just never realized it. And I had been in a state of tired/burned out this summer, and I think that was why I was re-reading so much. No energy to find new books to try.
Most of my reading is a book I've already read. It's cheaper. I read so fast the first time through I've missed some of the details.
I definetly do get a different experiance out of reading a book many years after I first read it. Sometimes good, sometimes not.
I have read Jane Green's Bookends at least once a year since I first discovered it. (Thanks, Jude!) As far as rereading childhood books, I would say that Lois Duncan reappears more than most but occasionally a Paula Danziger, and prior to movie releases - Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Bridge to Terabithia.
You wouldn't eat your favorite food only once, right? :)
Fishboy - This was a gift I received in high school. I didn't really like it--too weird and grotesque--but held on to it. Last year I pulled it out and was surprised at how enchanting it was--funny, beautiful and, yes, weird/grotesque, as well.
Horselords - The first TSR novel I ever read, even before the Weis/Hickman stuff that are the "classics" of the subgenre. I got sick of fantasy (esp. of the TSR sort) my first year of college and gave/traded away all my TSR novels except this one. (Sentimental value, and Mongols are cool.) After being thoroughly bored by Feist, I thought I'd dig it out to see if it held up at all. Actually pretty entertaining.
All Quiet on the Western Front - One of those "literary" books I kept for some reason. I remembered it as being moving and sad. Re-read it last year and it was still moving and sad. I was amused to see that as a high school student, I had highlighted some of the more, er, scatological passages.
I am a fast reader too, so I sometimes when I reread i do pick up subtle things I missed the first time through
I am quite addicted to reading, and can get quite stressed when I don't have something to read and I know I am going to 'need' to read (e.g. travelling), and then I will often pick up something off my bookshelves to reread. what is the point of keeping books if you are not going to read them again?
There are some books, such as Birdsong which I have enjoyed by I don't think I will reread...
I have to admit that of late, my focus has been on NOT re-reading because I'm trying to read all of those books that I somehow managed to miss having to read as part of HS or college (and there are a lot of them)!
In fact, generally, I don't even keep books that I don't plan to re-read at some point. Some of the ones I have I no longer re-read, but did at one point and can't bear to part with them now.
And I can't read new fiction before bed - that leads to finishing at 4 AM and not being able to function the next day. Re-reading, however, means I'm not desperate to know what happens next and I can put it down and go to sleep.
I would like to re-read one book a year. I think it will become a goal of mine. Yes.
I intend to re-read My Name is Asher Lev, The Road (Cormac McCarthy), How to be Alone, Spontaneous Healing, Authenticity (David Boyle), Small Wonders (Barbara Kingsolver), and all my poetry books (which let's face it, I've only ever scan-read).