This is a total steal from a poster on abebooks, but I thought it was too fun to pass up! ;D
Which books have you read more than 10 times?
They can be pony books, non-pony books, childrens, adult or any combination thereof....doesn't matter. There is no limit to the number of books you can list, they just have to be books you're sure you've read more than 10 times.
hmmm the obvious ones are my childhood favourites which were read over and over and over again - plus many of them have been read and reread as an adult too
Eventers Trilogy - Caroline Akrill Noel and Henry series (probably not Radney Riding club though - not so keen on that one) Woodbury series Janet Must Ride Jill and the Perfect pony Five On a treasure Island
There may be more but those initially sprung to mind - others like the The team, Fly by night, other PT sisters books etc were also heavily read as a youngster.
Great idea for a thread tho I cant remember how many times Ive read books as I've such a terrible memory. So if we take the 10 as symbolic and make it which books have you read over and over again:
All the Pony Club series by JPT possibly about 20 times!
ditto I Wanted a Pony & 3 Ponies and Shannon
The Horse Sale, I Rode a Winner, Ponies in Peril, all the Jill books, quite a few of the Jackie books, Silver Brumby Kingdom (as I kid I must have read it at least 10 times tho not so much as an adult)
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Carbonel and Kindgom of Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
The Stream that Stood Still by Beverly Nichols
The Malory Towers books by Enid Blyton
The Lord of the Rings OK maybe not 10 as its so long but at least 5 or 6 times and listened to the radio version quite a few times too.
Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption - a short story/novella by Stephen King, my fav story of his, read it countless times. Also read some of his books quite a few times like The Stand and It.
Emma by Jane Austen. Initially forced to read it as a kid, then at uni but then read it again a few more times cos I liked it!
Hmm probably more but it means getting up and looking through my bookcases and I'm too lazy at the mo!
Post by shadowhawke on Jun 12, 2011 19:18:10 GMT 1
More than 10 times....... Very hard list to make, very long since for me a good book is like and old friend. Have visit them often.
Misty of Chincoteague, and all of the books by Marguerite Henry. The Black Stallion books, excpet for Young Black Stallion and the ones by Stephen Farley. The Little House Books The Ms. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown Black Beauty, how could I forget him. Beauty by Robin McKinnely
There's more I know there are, but I can't think of them.....
How about a list of books we've started and never finished? I have a few of those.
Kim by Rudyard Kipling The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Marta Finds the Golden Door by Frances Cavannah Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key (don't judge it by the movie, totally different!)
I was a huge fan of mysteries as a child:
The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene (pseud. Mildred A. Wirt/Edward Stratemeyer) The Snowstorm (aka The Snow Ghosts) by Beryl Netherclift The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg The Hidden Cove by Elizabeth Baldwin Hazelton The Ghost in the Swing by Janet Patton Smith The Ghost Next Door by Wylly Folk St. John The Ghost Rock Mystery by Mary C. Jane Mystery of the Silent Friends by Robin Gottlieb
I haven't re-read as many adult books (at least not compared to my children's book re-reads)....clearly the love of mysteries has continued!
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis The Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindburgh At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie Odds Against, Whip Hand and Blood Sport by Dick Francis Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
Last, but not least, the pony books:
The Secret Horse by Marion Holland Tall and Proud by Vian Smith National Velvet by Enid Bagnold Dark Sunshine by Dorothy Lyons The Crumb, Winter Pony and Summer Pony by Jean Slaughter Doty The Black Stallion by Walter Farley Fury by Albert G. Miller The Sweet Running Filly by Pat Johnson and Barbara van Tuyl The Blind Connemara and Afraid to Ride by C.W. Anderson King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
I'm sure that part of what influenced the number of re-reads was not just loving a book, but actually owning it! I adored many books that I borrowed from the library, but they weren't always available....'cause other kids loved them too!
And a bit of crystal ball gazing.....I came to these only as an adult, in the last 5 or 6 years, but I'd say I'm on track for over ten reads in my lifetime: Jill's Gymkhana by Ruby Ferguson, A Pony for Jean and Gaze at the Moon by Joanna Cannan and The Maltese Cat by Rudyard Kipling
Yes, start a thread shadowhawke - if you don't I will!
Susan you reminded me of Agatha Christie books, I have read most of the Poirot ones umpteen times. I used to go to my grans for dinner from school and started reading them from her collection in my dinner hour, once I had read them all started all over again. I remember not wanting to go back to school as I wanted to find out what happened next in the books ;D
The James Herriot books I have also read loads of times too.
Lord of the Rings is the clear winner for me; first read at the age of 15 and regularly since then. My other top five books (Wuthering Heights, Watership Down, Espedair St, If On A Winter's Night A Traveller) I dont' think I've read more than 5 times.
So my most re-read books are my childhood favourites, including most of Enid Blyton's output (especially Malory Towers, the Adventure series and the Five Find Outers), The Dark Is Rising, The Three Investigators, the first three Redwall books.
Of pony books, the most read are definitely Fly By Night, the Flicka trilogy and the Jinny series.
Have you ever met people who ask "but why are you reading it again if you know what happens?" But then, there are people who don't read books at all. The world is full of odd people.
Edit to add; if you ask your parents they'll probably say there was a particular book that you got obsessed with as an infant when you were just learning to read and recognise words, and that they had to read it to you at least a thousand times. I remember a book my mum used to read us called Diggy Takes His Pick, about a mole, a hedgehog and a lost Christmas pudding with wonderful illustrations. I also remember the Ladybird Cinderella, especially the pictures of her three dresses. The new edition is not as good, so I'm looking for the old version to give my friends with baby daughters.
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As a very young child my obsessions were kevin the Kitten (the one where he painted spots on his face then it rained) Penny and Sue and Penny and Pickle. Oh Topsy and Tim go horse riding as well but to be honest like Foxglove says all kids read their favourite picture books day after day so not sure it counts unless you read it say 100o times!
Foxglove thanks you reminded me about Watership Down - how could I forget that. In fact I think its due another read soon!
I'll have to ask my mum what books I liked when I was very small as I can't remember that far back! In fact, like shadowhawke, I can't remember much about learning to read. I remember those flash card things with words on them which my parents had. I learnt to read before I even started school and I think by about 6 I was reading proper books so I dont think I spent much time in the picture book era.
Erm, every book I own - sad soul that I am!! I would say I have read some of them nearer 50 times! Some faves I have to 'chain read' - (or at least I do when they are not packed up, getting withdrawal symptoms now)
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Foxglove, that's a great point about the early reader books! I don't remember learning to read either, but I do remember the first early readers that I owned very well (probably because I read them 100 times each!).
Little Black, a Pony by Walter Farley Big Max, the World's Greatest Detective by Kin Platt The Secret Three by Mildred Myrick The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
and several written and illustrated by Syd Hoff Sammy the Seal Danny and the Dinosaur Julius
Off the top of my head, most of the Famous Five (Enid Blyton), the Jill books (Ruby Ferguson), some of the Jackie books (Judith Berrisford), all of the Secret Seven (again, Enid Blyton), the Woodbury Trilogy (JPT), and the Harry Potter books (J K Rowling)
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, The Narnia books, The Phoenix and the Carpet (E. Nesbit) Black Beauty, Lassie Come Home, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer. all the JPT books which I have and the Jill books, Vian Smith's Come Down the Mountain, all the VAldemar books by Mercedes Lackey, also her dragon books, everything by Anne McCaffery. all of Isaac Asimov's (I actually cried when he died, even though he was 90 years or older at the time and I was certainly old enough to know better); Pride and Prejudice is my favourite Jane Austen although I am sure I have read the others many times; The Silver Brumby (not so much the others in the series) The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester, The Taronga Road Riders series, The Weathermonger books and I could go on and on....
Gosh- just my pony books, I think. I've read Robert Graves' 'I, Claudius' and 'Claudius the God' probably 3 times, along with 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Asterix and TinTin and my collection of Giles cartoon books have probably been read 10 times or near enough. Oh! And Norman Thelwell's riding books and Penelope and Kipper- how could I forget them!
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