“What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they're trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?”
Are you one of those people who doesn't keep books? My shelves are unashamedly lined with the "trophies" Seinfeld speaks of.
Are there books you have that you've read, and read again, because they're so brilliant? I'm on my third reading of Theroux's Great Railway Bazaar because I can't afford to travel - so I'll travel through the author's words. It's such a funny book, and so full of information that it simply has to be read more than once!
I wouldn't even know where to begin! I reread a lot of books, because I believe you can't see and appreciate every little nuance of a good book with one read alone. A few favourites that I've read over and over again are all of Jane Austen's books (Persuasion in particular), Wuthering Heights, Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series, all of Roald Dahl, Lorna Hill's Sadler's Wells series, Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park, the Harry Potter novels, Little Women, Gulliver's Travels... Ok, I read a lot of books more than once!
I actually try not to collect books because if I read so many that if I kept them all I'd be buried alive. I borrow lots from the library, and I read e-books and downloaded audiobooks, which don't take up physical space. All the same we have wound up with full bookshelves in every room in the house except the bathroom and toilet. Some of them are books I plan to read again, some have sentimental value and quite a few belong to my husband and the kids.
There are one or two books I read again. Some are volumes of poetry. One is God Bless You Eliott Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut. Another is Neuromancer by William Gibson. I have also re-read my favourite Jane Austen (Persuasion) a few times. Sometimes you get something new out of it on a second read through, when you are older and have had different experiences. And sometimes it's just oddly comforting to revisit them, like they were an old friend.