Read Again and Again

Favorite Book(s) that Don’t Get Old (to me)

By Jeff Salter

Topic: What is the one book that you feel you could read over and over without it ever feeling old?

When I noted our topic this week, I had some déjà vu — seems like I often reflect on things I’ve enjoyed in the past… and would likely enjoy again. That could be movies, old TV shows, comic books… and, of course, monographs (fiction or non-fiction). It could be said that I even long for another chance to taste some particular dish or meal (or snack) that I remember fondly!

But to the matter at hand, I also felt like I’d batted this topic around in a previous Hound Day post. So I went hunting. Nothing recent, however. Turns out it was during the very first few months of this group blog’s existence [before any of the CURRENT Foxes joined this group].

I won’t repeat my entire list, but I do encourage you to click on the link to my April 14, 2011 blog, so you can see what I had to say back then.

Since I know some of you won’t bother to click on that link, I’ll lift a couple of paragraphs to re-print here.

Read More Than Once

            I had to strain to come up with even this very small list.

            Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird — an excellent, powerful book which I’ve read twice (about 10-12 years apart).

            Nathaniel Benchley – father of author Peter Benchley and son of humorist Robert Benchley – wrote the novel which was made into the movie “The Russians are Coming…”.  Titled The Off-Islanders, it’s another book I’ve read twice (some 30+ years apart). Also his novel, A Winter’s Tale …and possibly a third title [Catch a Falling Spy].

            Two times, I’ve read Walker Percy’s second novel, The Last Gentleman.  [Probably about 15 years apart.] I’m about 99% certain I’ve also re-read his first novel, The Moviegoer.

            Though I can’t recall which titles, I know I’ve read at least one or two of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books twice (first as a young teen and later as an adult).

            Notice that all of these re-readings have been at least 10 years later.

Since that earlier compilation, there are a few titles I’ve re-read. One was Bill Bryson’s A Walk In The Woods — though it was not as funny (to me) on the second read.

Another book that I’d LIKE to re-read is Pegasus Bridge, by Stephen Ambrose.

Children’s Books

I touched on this in the earlier blog, but let me repeat that I LOVE children’s books… and enjoy reading / re-reading them even if the kids / grandkids are no longer around. Especially those books with terrific ART in conjunction with imaginative / entertaining texts. I would strain too hard to remember all the titles / authors, but here are a few.

            Being a public librarian for some 29 years gave me opportunities to re-examine titles which I had read over and over as a child myself (like Ben and Me by Robert Lawson, several from Dr. Seuss, most of the early Disney titles, and many of the ‘Little Golden’ books) and had the added pleasure of reading multiple times to my own children. Several titles of the Berenstain Bears series arrived in time to read to my kids … as did Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach. Some books (like William Joyce’s George Shrinks and Mercer Mayer’s There’s a Nightmare in my Closet) appeared too late for my kids, but have been viable reads for my grand-children.


What about YOU? Do you ever re-read books? Which ones?

[JLS # 628]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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20 Responses to Read Again and Again

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    You know, I never thought about children’s picture books when writing the post for this week! Odd, since I spent 28 years teaching elementary school children and more raising kids and helping out with grandkids. They definitely loved being read to, and our picture books were revisited often.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      there’s a timeless quality to excellent children’s books. Perhaps we carry that little bit of childhood with us throughout our lives.


  2. jbrayweber says:

    My TBR list is too long and my life too busy to re-read my favorites. But I’ve kept them, so there will always be a chance. Of course, the children’s books are a different matter. I’ve read some of the same stories to my girls over and over because they are well-loved. I imagine when the time comes I’ll be reading those stories again, and I look forward to it.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Sometime, in the next zillion years, you’ll likely be a peppy grandmother. I’m sure you’ll enjoy re-reading those same children’s books — among other new ones — with those grandkids.


    • I have kept many of the books from my children and grandchildren. It has been more than a dozen years since I read some of them but I bet that I can recite many of them to this day! It is unfortunate that some of those I loved best were lost, and cannot be replaced.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Did you know that some school districts have banned To Kill a Mockingbird? Madness!

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  4. When I run out of new books to read, maybe because I hadn’t ordered any lately or the order came in late, I do reread an old classic. I’ll never tire of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, nor Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. There are a couple others that I’ve read more than once as well. That’s what makes them classics, I suppose. Arnie and I were talking about this last night. We’re still going through our yearly marathon of the J.R.R. Tolkien DVDs and talked about how they never get old.

    When you read a good story through more than once, you always pick up on something you missed before.

    Regarding current authors, I may read some of Danielle Thorne’s books a second time. Her style of writing and descriptions are so good. I’ve enjoyed every one that I’ve read. Although I still plan to get more of her books.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I am a real bookworm. I am enjoying your e mails

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  6. When it comes to children’s books the ones that I have read over and over were Mr Brown Can Moo, Can You? Which I had memorized, I often recited the book for Jessica and Quinlan when they were little since they would look at the pictures and I couldn’t see the words or they would want the story after lights out and we only had the night light to illuminate the room. Then with Wyatt it was The Little Engine That Could. I still read Berenstain Bears and since I have started working at the library have picked up a few books that I hadn’t read in a long time just to experience them again.
    Of the other books that you mentioned I had not read any of those, not even To Kill a Mockingbird which surprises me since it is required reading in high school, perhaps that was read the semester I was out of school.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      It’s a powerful — a nd beautiful — book. Seems to be pretty accurate in terms of being a “slice of life” in rural Alabama in about the 1930s.
      I love the movie, also — Gregory Peck plays the father that everybody wants to have.

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      • I’ve never seen the movie either. I’ll have to read the book this year then watch the movie.

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        • Jeff Salter says:

          I can’t recall — off-hand — which elements were left out of the book (for the film version) but one thing is certain: the film definitely captures the SENSE of the book, the plot, and its characters.
          I’ve seen the film maybe 5-6 times, though not all of those were beginning-to-end viewings.


    • I listened to an audiobook of To Kill a Mockingbird, since I always meant to read it. The movie is very close, but the book has more and is deeper. I recommend it.

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  7. What a week this has been! I finally got here and got my post up. There are many, too many to list, but I will tell you how I found some time for old book friends.

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