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    Not necessarily when I am sick, but I often revisit the Narnia books when I am feeling nostalgic or like I just need something comfy and familiar to read. Not sure how many times I have read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but I bet it's more than 10 times. My mama read them to me when I was little and they have always been some of my faves. There is something nice about reading something that you almost have memorized. Some books don't lend themselves well to re-reading...my last stats textbook comes to mind...but some are so lovely. I have yet to read Game of Thrones. Now that I am done with this grad school thing, I'll have to add it to the list.

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    The Hero and the Crown is a comfort book for me. I have read it umpteen times.

    Also I Capture the Castle.

    My emotionally turbulent comfort book is A Ring of Endless Light.

    When I want to read something when I'm feeling brain dead, I usually reread fantasy I loved as a kid. The Belgariad or the Deryni books.
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    Anne of Green Gables series is my go-to comfort book, but I'm more of a movie person when I'm sick. I can be completely horizontal with a blanket pulled up to my chin that way.

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    When I want to read something when I'm feeling brain dead, I usually reread fantasy I loved as a kid. The Belgariad or the Deryni books.
    I see that we spent our formative years reading the same books. Mercedes Lackey, too? I ditched my Eddings books after college, but held on to my Deryni books for a long time.
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    Oh yeah, Mercedes Lackey too and Robert Jordan. I look back at some of the fantasy I read back then and really grimace (though others are good fun... I kind of hope my kids want to read the Belgariad, honesty... though the rest of the Eddings can be chucked.)
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    Agatha Christie. Stephen King. You probably won't have time (hopefully not!) for It or the Stand - but really good ones! Ooooh...Stephen King's wife Tabitha King has a series of good books, One on One and Survivor (?) and maybe a couple of others that are good and I've read more than once each.

    Good crime/spy fiction series books. Lately I like Cara Black and Arnaldur Indridason (had to google his name to spell it right! ). I've been having trouble coming up with good fiction books that are not series that I like lately...tried several duds...a trend towards ugly/weird/gross just for the sake of it? I'm too old for that to be at all intriguing.

    I have no idea what fantasy novelists y'all are talking about. Never did sci-fi or fantasy as a kid....it's come up several times lately in conversation for me...maybe I'll check some out.

    AnonyMs - hope you feel better soon - but in the meantime, I might be just a weensy bit jealous if you get to spend a couple of days in bed reading (fiction, no less!).

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    Another vote for the Belgariad and Mercedes Lackey. Although since I had a kid and my reading-without-interruption time has decreased dramatically, it's been the Little House on the Prairie series. They're quick and make you feel grateful for that warm bed
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    I can always read Jane Austen again and again. Also, Terry Pratchett. I never tire of Sir Pterry!
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    One book I can read over and over again, for no other reason than I like the STORY, is The Mists of Avalon. I've read it 4 times since I've discovered it. At almost 900 pages, it's the longest book I have read the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Also I Capture the Castle.
    Farrar, is there where your blog name comes from?

    I don't often reread books, and certainly never multiple rereads (at least none come to mind). I can't wait to reread the Harry Potter books, but I'm trying to hold out for DD to be old enough. At first I figured when she was 7, but she is really sensitive, so now I'm thinking it might be longer. Sometimes when I think about rereading a book, I talk myself out of it because I have a million other books I haven't read a FIRST time.
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