It seems appropriate that today, International Literacy Day, the Vancouver Sun’s arts
pages should feature a literature-related installation in the gallery at SFU.
It’s a new piece by Douglas Coupland and presents 50 books that he’s read more than once.
This made me think about some of the books I’ve read multiple times. Top of the list (I’m sure I’ve read it at least 33 1/3 times) would have to be J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. The ‘third’ would be for the last time I skimmed it, when it played a role in a Freedom-to-Read event.
I’ve started a list of other books that I’ve read more than three times. These include, in no particular order:
Earth Abides by George R Stewart
all of the Tintin books (Hergé)
David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
The Narnia Series (all seven books) by C.S. Lewis
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (first book only fits this ‘many times’ category) by Douglas Adams
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Green Knowe books by Lucy M. Boston
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Looking through these, it becomes obvious that my taste for repeats finds its focus in fantasy, children’s lit, and science/speculative fiction. In other words (so what else is new?) – I can’t seem to grow up.