It’s Groundhog Day. What books would you read over and over again?
To Kill a Mockingbird
Black Cherry Blues
The Book of Lost Things
Wiarton Willie (albino groundhog in western Ontario) did not see his shadow today, so our non-existent winter is supposed to end early. Woo hoo!
Reading actual books over and over doesn’t creep me out, Meg, just the one line mechanically reproduced in so many forms. Eeeeeww. My list:
The Faerie Queene (gets more brilliant every time)
a randomly chosen volume of Laurie R. King’s Holmes/Russell series
Potiki (novel by New Zealand writer, Patricia Grace)
King’s Dark Tower series, Salem’s Lot, Dreamcatcher, and . . . let’s just say Stephen King
The Lord of the Rings & The Silmarillion (& The History of Middle-earth, and some of Tolkien’s letters and essays)
The Dark Descent, ed. by David Hartwell
The Republic and the rest of Plato
Webster’s Second International Unabridged (W2) and the OED
Gene Wolfe’s New Sun, Long Sun, Short Sun, and Soldier sequences, and . . . let’s just say Gene Wolfe
Meg Gardiner, C.S.Lewis, Augustine, Kant, Aristotle, Shelley, Blake, Hart Crane, Robert Holdstock, Rosemary Sutcliff, Fritz Leiber . . .
Let’s just say that I’m only getting started and my groundhog day already makes me look a lot like Burgess Meredith right before he breaks his glasses in that episode of The Twilight Zone, and if I keep going on like this, I’ll never take that drunk out to dinner like I’m supposed to, or say the right thing to Andie MacDowell. Choices, choices.
“Area 51” by Robert Doherty
“Red” by Sammy Hagar
“The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
“By The Light Of The Moon” Dean Koontz
and of course the “Flesh and Leftovers” series by Rick Pipito (okay, so that’s me, but what can I say, I am my biggest fan)
You’d better be able to read your own books again and again – if you can’t, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to edit. 🙂
If I had the time to read books over and over these would top the list.
What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
The Prince Of Tides
A Dirty Job
Gone with the Wind
Harriet the Spy
To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Children’s Hospital by Peggy Anderson
The Dark Tower series
The Lord of the Rings
Are You My Mother? by P.D Eastman
The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E Feist
The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E Feist
Oh and the Riftwar Legacy… okay, dammit–all of Raymond’s books basically. Oh heck… and especially Faerie Tale–that was my very first R E Feist story!
1) Watership Down by Richard Adams
2) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
3) Watchers by Dean Koontz
4) Pandora’s Star / Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton
5) On Basilisk Station by David Weber
6) 1632 by Eric Flint
7) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
8) A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
Oh, how could I have left off The Ninja!
So one of the deals here is that, by pooling our lists, we get access to everyone else’s books, right? My list only applied to the moment when I wrote it–everyone else’s lists now look far more appealing.
We could call it the Lead Pool . . .
Ditto Meg, for A Wrinkle in Time, Gatsby and The Right Stuff.
-To Kill a Mockingbird (captivating in German too)
-The Thorn Birds (my guilty pleasure & closest thing to a romance I read)
-A Prayer for Owen Meany
-Jane Eyre (she seems less like a wimp and more like a tough chick with each reading)
-M.L. King’s speeches and letters
-Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” (makes me cry every year when I re-read it)
-Humorous reflections of Molly Ivins, Anna Quinlan and Bill Maher (nice to go to sleep with a chuckle)
Harry Potter books (2x)
All PD James books (3x)
All Meg Gardiner books (3x)
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
All Horatio Hornblower books, C. S. Forester
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