I’m terrible at keeping track of quotes from books, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday wasn’t really for me. I am however, a massive re-reader, so I thought we could take a look at which books I have reread the most often.
Luckily, because I am an insane person with no life, I have been tracking my reading since I was seventeen. I have a list of every book I have read over what is now almost fourteen years. Wow, okay. Even I hadn’t quite realised how long I’d been going.
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.’
The Well of Lost Plots (Eyre Affair #3) by Jasper Fforde – 5
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – 4
(2007, 2010, 2016, 2018)
The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – 4
(2007, 2010, 2013, 2015)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 4
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2014)
The Eyre Affair, Something Rotten and Lost in a Good Book (Eyre Affair #1,2 and 4) by Jasper Fforde – 4
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Reserved for the Cat by Mercedes Lackey – 4
(2008, 2009, 2012, 2020)
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – 4
(2006, 2009, 2016, 2018)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – 3
(2007, 2008, 2010)
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – 3
(2010, 2015, 2017)
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – 3
(2006, 2007, 2008)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 3
(2009, 2010, 2011)
First Among Sequels (Eyre Affair #5) by Jasper Fforde – 3
(2007, 2008, 2010)
The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey – 3
(2008, 2010, 2017)
The Wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey – 3
(2008, 2009, 2011)
Jingo by Terry Pratchett – 3
(2008, 2013, 2014)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence – 3
(2011, 2013, 2019)
The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield – 4
(2017, 2018, 2020)
The first thing I noticed when I started putting together this list is that my brain lies to me. I would have sworn that I’d read A Christmas Carol in the last two to three years, but apparently I last read it ten years ago! Several books on here I was convinced I’d read relatively recently, only to realise it’s been almost a decade in some cases. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Ten years!
Almost all of these are comfort reads, and you’ll notice the same authors pop up over and over again – Mercedes Lackey, Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett, etc.
I read a lot of them in 2007-2008, I notice. Not necessarily for the first time, but I would have been just starting University then and clearly in need of rereading familiar books from home.
Writing this list has made me really excited about rereading some of these again. Jingo, perhaps, and The Wizard of London. I also have quite a lot of books that I’ve read twice, which will definitely make this list the next time I post it!
Which books have you reread the most often? Write a post and link back!