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What are you re-reading?

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on March 17, 2014

kitty mar17There is something vaguely intriguing about the re-reading or re-watching of a book or movie. The unspoken message being that the work resonated and is worthwhile revisiting. Not in a Great Expectations or Groundhog Day way but rather in an inquisitive sense, like familiar slippers or a familiar country lane.

With this is mind over the weekend (which marked the end of March Break here in Guelph), I did some thinking about what are the most re-read books and movies of all time. Surprisingly there’s no definitive list, so just for fun I started my own.

The titles are in alphabetical order and reflect some of the bestselling/most watched titles however religious texts and textbooks were excluded. This is not a scientific exercise; it’s just interesting.

The most re-read adult fiction may be:  
Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird … my personal favorite
Shakespeare’s collected works
J.R.R Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
Leo Tolstoy –  War and Peace
Alice Walker – The Color Purple

The most re-read adult nonfiction may be:
Charles Darwin – On the Origin of Species
Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl
Malcolm Gladwell – Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers….
Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time
N. Machiavelli – The Prince
Greg Mortensen – Three Cups of Tea
Randy Pauch – The Last Lecture
Strunk & White The Elements of Style

For cookbooks – Betty Crocker, Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Joy of Cooking, the Silver Palate titles, any of the Ina Garten titles  or perhaps Mastering the Art of French Cooking … your guess!

The most re-read kid’s fiction may be:
Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
Jan and Stan Berenstain – The Berenstain Bears
Dr. Seuss …. from Horton to The Cat in the Hat
Laura Ingalls Wilder – The Little House on the Prairie series
A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh
L. M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables…my childhood favorite
Robert Munsch – Love you Forever or The Paper Bag Princess
J.K. Rowling – The Harry Potter series
Maurice Sendak – Where the Wild Things Are… my go to story time book
J.R.R. Tolkien – Lord of the Rings

The most re-watched movies of all time may include:
Citizen Kane
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Fantasia … the 1940 animated classic
Ghostbusters  …. with that infectious theme
Gone with the Wind …. received 10 Academy Awards in 1940
Miracle on 34th Street
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sound of Music …. the 1965 Academy award winner
Star Wars or Indiana Jones …. the whole series
The Wizard of Oz and it’s famous song…”Somewhere over the Rainbow”
Titanic 

And, in case you were wondering, I am currently re-reading The Tipping Point; it gets better with every re-reading and I also re-enjoying the Canadian classic The Mary Moore Cookbook….I just made her Easter hot cross buns and they are amazing.

Have a great week…spring is finally really almost here!!!

Kitty Pope                                                                                                #11 March 2014

kpope@library.guelph.on.ca

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