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40 Books You Like to Read Over and Over as Adults

Everyone has one, that one book that is like a security blanket, the book that you grab off the shelf every time you’re feeling a bit down or in need of a friend. Or so I thought, when in fact for this poll lots and lots of you said that you never reread anything! That’s quite a surprise to me because I do think if a book is worth reading then it’s worth reading ten times!

For the rest of you who love to reread you answered in your droves, giving us almost a thousand replies. Many of you listed two books, a children’s book and an adult book, so I made two lists and today we have the adult list. From your votes we have the 40 books you like to read over and over, and unsurprisingly the list is dominated by well-loved classics.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

I’m not at all surprised to see this in the top spot, although there was nothing to call really between the top 6 books. Pride and Prejudice is the kind of book you fall in love with at 15 and read every year after.

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Pride and Prejudice UK

Pride and Prejudice Review

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

We already knew we had a huge Outlander following on the page so we’re not surprised to find the series in the books you like to read over and over list!

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Outlander UK

Outlander Review

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R Tolkien

I myself have friends who read Lord of the Rings every single year so I’m hardly surprised to find this classic fantasy epic in the top three!

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Lord of the Rings UK

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Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

We do love our classic romance, don’t we? At number four is Jane Eyre with many of you saying you have read it upwards of twenty times.

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Jane Eyre UK

Review of Tuesdays with Morrie

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

There seems to be a theme here for the classics and Gone with the Wind is another that many of you said you’ve been reading yearly since childhood.

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

It seems that we cannot have a poll on For Reading Addicts without Lee’s classic ending up somewhere, and as I’ve read this myself four or five times myself I’m not surprised to find it in the top ten here.

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To Kill a Mockingbird UK

A Review of To Kill a Mockingbird

The Stand – Stephen King

Not the only King book in the top 40, the post-apocalyptic ‘The Stand’ takes seventh place in our top ten of books you love to reread.

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The Stand UK

The Stand Review

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

This voyage of self discovery is hugely popular within our social media community and is a favourite of many, appearing here at number eight.

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The Alchemist UK

The Alchemist Review

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

With two entries in the top ten, it’s Tolkien again this time with The Hobbit as the book you most love to reread.

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The Hobbit UK

Review of The Hobbit

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

This has been on my TBR forever and I still haven’t read it but many of you said you read the American classic every year, completing our top ten!

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11. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

12. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

13. Dark Tower Series – Stephen King

14. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

15. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

16. The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom (Review)

17. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (Review)

18. Dune – Frank Herbert (Review)

19. Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel (review)

20. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell

So that’s the top twenty, but there were so many votes that we’ve extended this one to a top forty and here are the final twenty selections, voted by you.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
All Things Bright and Beautiful – James Herriot
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Interview with a Vampire – Anne Rice
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Song of Ice and Fire Series – George R. R. Martin
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christia
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
From the Corner of his Eye – Dean Koontz
Right Ho, Jeeves – P. G Wodehouse
Friday – Robert A Heinlein

So that’s it, and overall it was a battle of the Brits as English classics absolutely dominated the list of books you love to read over and over.

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