Books I Have Read More than Once

I posted quotes from Roland Barthes and François Mauriac about rereading to my Tumblr yesterday, and it’s got me trying to think of all the books I’ve read more than once. I’m sure I’m not remembering a few, but here’s a partial list (not including children’s picture books):

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Right Ho, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse
  • Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor (I’ve also reread most of her short stories.)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  • The Stranger, Albert Camus
  • The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • My Life and Hard Times, James Thurber
  • David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Not sure what Mauriac would make of me. Lots of fantasy, because I was an obsessive fantasy reader when I was in junior high school, and then I reread some of those books as an adult to see if I could remember why I was so obsessed with them. Rereading a book you first read when you were younger reminds me of the saying about egg nog: when you drink it as a child it makes you feel like an adult, and when you drink it as an adult it makes you feel like a child again.

You never really read the same book twice, because you change between every reading.