I’m not very well this weekend, and to comfort myself, I reread both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rereading can be very therapeutic, can’t it? You’re too ill and fed-up to want to bother with taking a risk on a book that might be rubbish, so you return to what’s tried and tested.
That got me thinking… which of my books have I reread the most?
Luckily, because I am an insane person, I have been tracking my reading since I was seventeen. Here’s my Library Thing profile, which is where I have twelve years of keeping an obsessive track of my reading. I do use GoodReads (profile here), but I find that’s more for the community and socialising. Library Thing is better for actual, well… books.
This will be slightly innacurate as it won’t include books read before I was 17, in 2006. So the Terry Pratchett books, and the earlier Harry Potters will have been read possibly several times before then. Still, we can count this as ‘rereads as an adult.’
Here we go:
The Well of Lost Plots (Eyre Affair #3) by Jasper Fforde – 5
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – 4
The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – 4
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 4
The Eyre Affair, Something Rotten and Lost in a Good Book (Eyre Affair #1,2 and 4) by Jasper Fforde – 4
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – 3
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – 3
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – 3
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 3
First Among Sequels (Eyre Affair #5) by Jasper Fforde – 3
Reserved for the Cat by Mercedes Lackey – 3
The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey – 3
The Wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey – 3
Jingo by Terry Pratchett – 3
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – 3
There are some surprises. I thought I’d have read the Harry Potters much more, seeing as I’m convinced I read at least one a year. On that note, it really surprises me that I’ve reread Half-Book Prince the most (as an adult), considering that’s not one of my favourites. Perhaps it’s that I lean towards the later, more adult books as I’ve gotten older.
I apparently don’t read series equally, or in order, however! The Eyre Affair series is about eight books long, and I haven’t reread the three later books at all, the first, second and fourth books four times, the third book four times and the fifth book three times! I mean, I know it so well that I don’t need to read it in order, but still! There is an overarching plot!
I do seem to stick to certain authors though – J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey and Jasper Fforde. Looking at those names though, that’s not a huge surprise. When I was going through my catalogue, I saw that I’d read almost all of the Discworld books twice (as an adult), so the next time I reread any of them, they would rightly belong on here.
I was surprised how few times I’d read some of my favourites. It seems like We Bought A Zoo, To Kill a Mockingbird and Lady Chatterley’s Lover should have been on here, considering how well I know them, but it turns out I’ve only read them twice.
The passage of time also took me somewhat aback. It seems like I only reread And Then There Were None last year, but it was four years ago! And apparently I haven’t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows since 2010, when I feel like I know it backwards! 2010!