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March 19, 2008


Nicole Austin

Wow, I don't think I've read any book three times other than children's stories read to my kids. Happy TT!


Hmm the only one I have read is Helter Skelter, and I much prefer Day of the Triffids. Even though the movie scared the bejeebers out of me when I was much younger lol.
Have a great Thursday.

Chelle Y.

They must be good books for you to read them three times! Except for one, I have never heard of any of them.

Oh, and as for the "rock" songs on my list, I did not think them to be in that category either. But, like I said, iTunes does, and we all know that they are never wrong! Haha! :)


Hey, you finally posted one of my favorite authors--Alistair MacLean. My favorite book of his is Circus, which I've read many times, but most of his books I've read at least three. He changed a lot from HMS Ulysses (I think) to the more modern ones--WWII through Communism to terrorism, but his hero is still intrepid and amazing. The only one I didn't like was The Black Shrike. (I hate sad endings.)


Gahhhhh!!! Matthew and I were just discussing Helter Skelter the other night, which we both read as teens. Creepy!!! I hadn't thought of it in about 20 years and here you go posting about. Did I already say creepy?!

Happy TT :)


The Sunbird is an unusual book, set in modern times, and then ancient. I used to love Wilbur Smith, but he got a bit pretentious in later novels.


:) I read books over and over too. Once I find one I love, I read it again and again. Salem's Lot? Really? I don't think I could *ever* read a Stephen King book more than once, LOL.


I re-read my keepers too, or used to when I had the time. :-) Happy TT!

On a Limb with Claudia

I love this list because it's so different from what I would THINK that you like. lol! I do love eye of the needle and I've watched many of a Sharpe adventure on DVD. There's a photo of my gf in Helter Skelter. It's miss labeled. I think it says the DA or something. There weren't metal detectors in the courts before that trial. It's a photo of him laughing as they check him. (He was a Federal court judge.)

dude, I would so love to read anything you wrote - where do a I get your novel.

Tilly Greene

Well now, Helter Skelter is one I've read a multitude of a young adult through to now and I'm still fascinated by how far people can follow another without questioning. And yes, it's research :-)

Jeffrey Archer's diary did interest me because I was curious about how he made it through...kept seeing visions of Porridge and I knew that couldn't be right.

I didn't know about this rule of only listing books once. Im impressed because I know I wouldn't be able to remember if I'd listed it or not.

Lazy Daisy

Helter Sketlter is the only one I've heard of. Interesting list of books.

Sarah in Disturbia

I've not read any of those books nor do I think I've read any book more than TWO times. That's love right there: )

Cordia Amant

I haven't read any of those books. But they must be good if you've read all of them more than three times. I'll have to keep my eyes open for these.


Helter Skelter haunted me.


You have completely exposed your literary taste! How fascinating. I don't think I've read any of these specific books, but have read books by many of the authors. My 3X's list would be a who's who of Laura Ingalls Wilder!

The Pink Flamingo


3 times?? Why?? You know how its gonna end. Silly boy...Happy TT and thanks for stopping by. My Mr. Linky isnt working sense my makeover so Im hoping to get it up and going.


I've read Eye of the Needle and Golden Rendezvous. (Well, of course, MacLean!)

I have to admit that the former was a little much for me. I'm a bit of a prude when all's said and done.


I remember reading Helter Skelter as a teenager. It is cool to revisit books because you sometimes get a different perspective. Happy TT. Thanks for visiting my blog.


I remember reading Helter Skelter as a teenager. It is cool to revisit books because you sometimes get a different perspective. Happy TT. Thanks for visiting my blog.

marcia v

good for you! I know when I read a book more than once it is a part of who I am. Do you feel the same way?

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I've read The Kraken Wakes but it didn't "do it" for me. It was a decent story but it didn't suck me in like I had hoped it would.


I have to admit, most of these books are probably not to my taste, although the prison diary sounds fascinating. I may have to pick that one up.


I think everyone's read Helter Skelter a few times. I mean, how can you not? It's endlessly fascinating and enthralling. I have quite a few books I've read over and over. Although my taste in books is significantly different than yours.


Wilbur Smith is one of my favorite authors, but I haven't read "The Sunbird" - will have to check it out!


People look at us like we're weird when we admit that we re-read books. No Arthur C. Clarke on the list, huh? Sad news, but not particularly surprising either. I've at least read a couple of these beyond Salem's Lot. =)


I love re-reading my favorite books. None of mine would be the same, but it's a neat TT! :D Thanks for visiting!


Thanks for reminding me, I still need to read The Stand this year. *grin*

I wonder if I'm up to 13 series I've reread, I'll have to check. Hmm...

Happy TT



I've read none of the books on your list, but A Prison's Diary sounds interesting. I might want to look for the e-book of it. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by :)


I've read Helter Skelter numerous times also ... stuff that's wrong with me, perhaps?

I did not get the promotion again. I almost gave in to the power of positive thinking, but sarcasm came to the rescue with this week's TT.

Slip of a Girl

Again, I've never read any of these -- but I do imagine you'll view my post at least 3 times ;)


Wow...I do have a few books that I've read 3 times, but surely not enough to fill a list of 13.

A Thursday 6 or 7 just wouldn't be the same. :)

Eye of the Needle...wasn't that made into a movie some time ago? Or am I confusing that with something else?


Rereading a favorite book is like visiting a dear old friend. Great for rejuvenating the spirit.

Michelle B

A lot of people ask me why I keep so many of my books, and this is the reason. I love going back and re-reading them periodically!


I've only read Eye of the Needle, but you've given me a few more to add to my to-look-for list. Thanks!

Dane Bramage

Is that the same "Eye of the Needle" that was the Donald southerland movie? Some of his best work.

My #72nd Thursday Thirteen is up. It is the 13 Photos from the Photo Meme Stop by if you get a chance.

Hootin' Anni

My husband loves all of Sharpe's books. And I've read Helter Skelter a couple of times. Books I've read more than a couple of times are GWTW and Sacajawea and Follow the River, and Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo and Three Musketeers.

Awesome book list.


I have favorites I’ve read multiple times as well, however none on your list. I did read Salem’s Lot years ago and might consider reading it again because I’m currently reading Duma Key … a novel more like King’s earlier works. I’ve read Eye of the Needle and Helter Skelter but don’t think I’d read either of them again. There are just too many books I’ve not read yet to take the time ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Rian Fike

Ooh, Helter Skelter. Chills of fabulous memory, as a teenager reading that.


Okay with as much as I read and buy you would think I would have read one of these. But no such luck. I have read Stephen King and Wibur Smith before but not these two. Great idea for a TT list though.
Have a great week.


I have read Dean Koontz The Watchers many, many times. I love that book.

Moondancer Drake

There are very few books I have read so many times, but I can only hope someone likes my novels so much. What a great compliment for any author.


besides children's book I've never read a book more than once. Congrats! For me it is still too fresh in my mind. Happy TTing!

Candy Minx


I hope it's spring around there...I've finally got the windows open today and it's sunny and glorious...this wa sa long winter.

Love this seems like these hjave in common action and adventure...which makes sense that they would keep on giving. I read quite a few books again and again...they would include Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, a few Charles Dickens, and several non-fiction.


Are you reading right now?


Salems Lot - GOOD book!!!

Happy TT!

Susan Helene Gottfried

I've read a few three or more times, but not terribly many. You've picked some real classics here to re-read; awesome as usual.


Some books are well worth reading over and over and over. I haven't read any on your list even once, but I totally get it when a book is good enough that it's enjoyable to read for the reading itself, even if you already know exactly how it will end (or even remember entire passages). Great list!


Pardon me but I have not read any book 3x -except my Engineering textbooks. Lately, I am sentenced to reading children's books 10x a day.

Penelope Anne

Salem's Lot and Helter Skelter I have read multiple times, the rest on your list I didn't even recognize, great topic though.

Kat's Krackerbox

I've heard of Salem's Lot but I've never read it. The others I've never heard of either...maybe I need to do more reading. Happy TT


I'm totally with you on the Sharpe's books. I love re-reading books. It's like seeing an old friend, and sometimes you catch something new the second or third time through.

Bella Mocha

Oh, I remember reading my brother's copy of Salem's Lot, probably long before I should have; and it terrified me! I was very young, about 11 or 12. I love how you show these wonderful old covers...they have so much more character than the modern ones nowdays. Helter Skelter I've heard of but don't think I've read've got me curious now. I must look for it.
Happy Thursday!
Mine's up at:

Matthew James Didier

Okay, my dose of "Swash and Buckle" tossed in with a horrible murder and Wilbur Smith! What's not to love!!!

...and no, that wasn't my copy of The Golden Rendezvous so you're safe.


There are a few novels from my youth I would love to read over again and see if I love them as much now as I did then.


We share the 'first' Ken Follett and Stephen King. That J.Archer diary sounds fascinating.
I haven't read many books twice - Hobbit & LOTR (once in high school, once as an adult), Archer's Kane & Abel, one sappy romance that I'm too embarrassed to mention (read it 3X!!)... Oh, and the Harry Potter series because I'm reading them to my son. That counts, right?
Cheers :)

Alice Audrey

The only time I read a book more than twice is when my kids make me do it.


We must have a different taste, I don't know any of these books.


I'm trying to recall if I have ever read a novel twice...maybe "The Call of the Wild" before college days. Possibly "Little Women," "Jane Eyre," and "Pride and Prejudice."

For one thing, I read very thoroughly and deeply. No speeding or skipping words. I don't want to miss anything. By the time I finish, however thrilling the ride, "The End" means The End.

Now, children's books are different. They are the only thing I collect with a passion and would read them over even if there were no children in the house. Where else can I find quality artwork and moving stories in such a small and affordable package?


I feel very unworthy of reading your blog. :-) haha


Wow - i need broaden my reading horizons! I haven't read any of these, but they all sound terrific! I have a habit of finding an author I like, googling thier complete list of works and focusing only on that until they are all read - LOL. I can be a little 'one-track minded' that way.

Thanks for you comment - but you left me hanging. Now I MUST know: What's your all-time worst movie??? Interested to know what the four favorites were as well.

Ashley Ladd

I couldn't open your list.

I used to read a lot of books more than once if I liked them. Lately, I've been too pressed for time.


Wow, I've never read any of those. In fact, the only author on that list I've read is Stephen King. What a great idea for a TT, I was already thinking of doing my favorite books for the next one. I probably will now. And yes, I re-read books multiple times too if I like them enough, just like I'd re-watch a movie.

Kay Day

I read good books over and over, too.

This list looks like a stack of books my dad would have. I wonder how many of these he's read...

lynda w

I'm not sure I could handle any of these books. I'm a big fraidy cat!

Thanks for stopping by.

Ashley Ladd

Duh, I see the list now. Ineed new glasses.


You were in Toronto, in a laundromat? You do get around. I am also a repeat reader, though not of any of the books on your list. Here's a couple: The Blue Castle by L.L.Montgomery (writer of all the Anne of Green Gables books); Jane Eyre/Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights/Emily Bronte; all of the Jane Austen books, all read over and over as a child. As an adult: This Much I Know is True/Wally Lamb, all of the Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz I've read several times. I just realized all of these choices made me cry my eyes out - perhaps it's that cathartic experience I crave, who knows? A good book deserves more than one reading.


I don't think I've ever read a book 3 times! You must've really enjoyed these! Do you ever read more than one book at a time?

Gwen Mitchell

Thanks for stopping by, Nicholas! I have to admit, my list of multi-reads is shorter, not in titles, but less varied. I tend to read series, and when I find a good one, I read it over and over. I love the sorts of books that you can take something new away from them every time. Nice TT. ~Gwen


Well, you're up on me LOL, you've visited a couple of places on my list, but I've never read any of the books on yours.
When I was younger I used to re-read books, now I only re-read the ones that I recall enjoying years ago and want to refresh my memory about. Mostly though I have too much of a list I still want to read to bother with ones I already read LOL.


Great list...

Jayne Marche

My motto is "if I bought it, then it means I'll read it at least twice." And honestly, everything I've ever paid for has been read cover to cover at least 3 times in the last few years.

I'm not familiar with many of these..but I'm a young adult librarian and a devotee of Souther maybe I just need to broaden my scope.


I haven't read any of these but have seen Salem's Lot in DVD.


I have that same copy of The Kraken Wakes! Oh, and I'm with you - it's a toss up between Kraken and the Triffids. Did you ever see the TV series the beeb made of the Triffids. I watched it again with my kids when it was shown recently on BBC4. What a great show!


The only one of those books I have read is Helter Skelter.


There are not that many books I have read quite so often but those I have are very special to. I'll be ordering Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth soon and if I like that, will surely progress to Eye of the Needle. Doctor on the Brain sounds good to me, but the others are definitely guy territory.


I love books, so I know I will visit again. Thanks for your comment on my TT--that's how I found you--those comments work!

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife

I'm always looking for something new to read! Thanks for these great recommendations!

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