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What book have you re-read the most number of times, and why is it so worthy of repeated readings? Do you pick up new plot points or details each time, or do you simply find comfort in spending time with a favorite storyline and characters?

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  • People always like what they know,
  • The Thornbirds, by Colleen McCullough, is one of those books that I pick up and read at least once every few years. I love the depth of the main characters, their personalities, and I particularly adore the writing style. I can practically smell the grassland and the dust of the Australian Outback. Maybe it's because I grew up in Vacaville, and I love the smell of dry grass in the summer. Maybe I have a thing for Meggie's pain and anguish, because I've felt it myself. Perhaps it's just that this book is like an old friend, someone I can call anytime I need and just relax for an hour or two, letting my mind wander.
  • Easy. "The Dirt" by Motley Crue. The tales of one of the most hedonistic rock bands in modern history just never get old. I'll read through it, and some stories are offensive and others funny. When I read it again, the ones that offended me had me laughing, and the ones that were funny before are offensive now. And the cycle continues on. It's always fun to read about the behind the scenes kind of stuff. Highly recommended.
  • I suppose it might be Kasperle auf Burg Himmelhoch by Josephine Siebe. I've known that book since my early childhood days when my dad first read it to me. He already read the Kasperle books in his childhood, they're that old. But they're simply funny and amusing and lighthearted and this is the one I remember best so I suppose it's the one I read most often. I'm a sucker for anything that will make me laugh. I should read it again soon, especially as I now have it on my kindle... but we still have the old hardbacks downstairs in the cellar, too.
  • The Beach by Alex Garland the Dragon Tattoo Series the Harry Potter series
  • That would have to be "The Outsiders". I know many people despised this book because they had to read it in school. Personally I don't know what they are complaining about, I would have loved to read this book in school. This is such an easy book to read. I don't pick up anything new each time I read it. I just enjoy reading it.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I don't know how many times I re-read it. I just love the book and it has a calming effect on me.
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