Thread: How many times have you read the book?
so every time i read it, its like reading it for the first time (almost). Not that its a bad thing. Still read it now
and come across pages i' dont ever remember reading before. Exciting sometimes like when the extended DVD's
came out and you were looking for the new bits. (now where was i)
However, I have re-read (and re-re-read) bits and pieces of the book so many times that I could be said to have read the whole thing about 4-6 times: much more in some cases, maybe a bit less in others (Book IV used to have a hard time holding my interest for some reason). I'm determined to get the whole way through this time; I just need to find the time between RL obligations.
I have also read the Fellowship of the Ring many, many times.
I have also read Return of the King many, many times.
However, I always find myself skipping over The Two Towers once I get to a certain point, the same thing happened to me when I read the Lord of the Rings the first time, but I soon picked back up on it.
I probably have only read the Two Towers about two or three times. Shame, shame, I know.
EDIT: Oh, almost forgot. The Silmarillion! I have read it about... once, though I often go back to it and read certain parts over again for reference.
(Sorry, Jane - can't help myself! )
(Henry and I have shopping to do. We will visit again. I only hope you act more respectfully next time, Odo! )
Don't scare people away Odo .
I wonder what your favourite part of 'The Hobbit' is ? (sorry if you've said elsewhere)
I've read it more than 10 times since I first found it more than 20 years ago, and still have a copy near me now
I am reading it with my son, who is 8. He loves the elves !
This is ... huh. I take it Henry is a little kid? Anyway, welcome to both of you.
P.S. Odo makes me grin, as always.
TT:11, maybe 12, and counting all the times that I've dipped in and out, about 14
RotK:15 or 16, I forget...
The silmarillion: 2
The children of Hurin: 3
Can't really recall the others...
I read it every year. Been doing it since 1970. Love the books. Was confused seeing the movies, but what a good stab at a film that was hard to derive from said books.
I personally find this kind of 'counting' funny, since everything that I read, watch or play loses some of it's meaning after the first time, and I've still some books lying in my shelf, that I haven't even read, since most of my time goes out to television series and such things, but I can admit that I've read LOTR a few times and same goes for Tolkien's other books, but it's not something I repeat year after year.
But I respect those that do a lot of re-reads, and in fact, this year calls for some re-reads for me too.
I read Hobbit three times, long ago and I'm preparing myself to read it before seeing the movie. I read LOTR ... I don't know how many times, because I often pick it up, and start reading at random page (just like Brego does with Silmarillion). I read Silmarillion twice, and I keep coming back to it to remember some of the events or to extend my knowledge about them, because I often have moments of pure fascination when it comes to various aspects of the story (Westernesse swords and Witch King identity being one of the most recent). The book is full with those little moments and I enjoy choosing a random chapter and reading it. I read "Children of Hurin" twice. I also read "Unfinished Tales", but sadly I don't remember much and I'm looking forward to have the book in my hands again
Hey Eldo, GB, Petty, Chris, Tin.Odo and all the rest, miss you, hope you are doing well in the wee Hobbit village.
i have only read the Lord of the Rings complete twice and the Hobbit twice, I simply don't have that luxury as being a writer and needing to read extensively on a variety of subjects it is simply not possible. Hope to read LOTR again this fall, we shall see.
I have read the Lord of the rings,the Hobbit and the Silmarilion also just once. Anyhow, I have to come back several times to remember or to learn by heart many quotes that I found beautiful or essential for daily life.