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22 Books Worth Reading Twice

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Would you like to get cozy with a good book or two?

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends,

What is one book that you would love to read again?

As you can imagine, they shared their most deeply cherished selections – ones with the capacity to transfix you in wonder, transport you to another time and place, or transform your confusion into clarity.

Maybe one of these titles will spark warm or wondrous memories for you too!

22 Books Worth Reading More Than Once

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett (link to free e-book)
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  4. A Course in Miracles
  5. A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of  A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson
  6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  8. Eat, Pray, Love:  One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. Things Fall Apart:  A Novel by Chinua Achebe
  10. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  11. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
  12. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  13. The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  14. How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto
  15. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  16. The Afterlife of Billy Fingers:  How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death by Annie Kagan
  17. The White Dragon by Anne McAffrey
  18. The Extraordinary Healing Powers of Ordinary Things:  Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness by Larry Dossey
  19. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  20. My Father’s Dragon:  The Classic Story for Children by Ruth Stiles Gannett (link to free e-book)
  21. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  22. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Many thanks to my friends on Facebook for your brilliant suggestions.  You can join me on Facebook too for daily (or almost daily) inspiration.

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  1. Funny, I just assigned “Stranger in a Strange Land” to a student writing her first science fiction novel and she loved it so much I realized I need to re-read it. And I am a huge fan of the library. I put books on hold and when they come its like Christmas! I have at least 15 checked out now. The only problem with it is that I do like to support other authors by buying their books.

    • Funny, I thought of you when you put this post up! I suppose it’s a logical connection as I know you love books. I just started reading Stranger in a Stranger Land. I can’t believe I’ve never read it. How wonderful that you have such an active library habit! I agree on supporting authors by buying their books so a nice blend of both can be the best approach.

  2. This is a nice, varied, enjoyable list. One thing I liked is that, aside from #1, the movie/tv adaptations are all terrible. The ONLY way you can get the good version is to read them. Some stories only work as books, and reading is an act of highly active contemplation, uniquely enjoyable and useful.

  3. Dear Mike,

    You certainly know your movies far better than I. I love your description of reading as highly active contemplation, uniquely enjoyable and useful. That’s an important endorsement for reading in these times when many people are racing through life and are eager for shorter books.

  4. Oooh Sandra…you’ve reminded me of some books I absolutely need to revisit and some new ones to add to my reading list. There’s nothing quite like curling up with a great book (a box of chocolates doesn’t come amiss either). I do love what Mike said about reading being an active contemplation. And I still prefer to have a book in my hand than read them on the computer Although I do both. Super list. 🙂

    • Dear Elle, I was drawn to many of the titles on this list too even though I’ve gotten to the point that I read less than ever. But that might change now with this list, especially if we add in the box of chocolates.

      I loved Mike’s description of reading as active contemplation too. That really appeals to me too.

      Please do curl up and enjoy!

  5. Hi Sandra,

    Within the last year or so my love of reading has come back full power (only limited by my very time) – it’s such a joy! I’ve read around 10 books on your list and a few of them more than once. So I’m copying the rest to my To Read list! 🙂

    How about these:
    “The Curious Case of Benjamin” (amazing story – and film – that I keep coming back to)
    “A Thousand Names for Joy” by Byron Katie (if I only had to keep one non-fiction book ever this would be the one)

    Thank you!


    • Dear Halina,

      That’s so interesting that you love of reading has gone in cycles! I always wonder if my time would be better spent practicing meditation than reading, so I’m drawn to Mike’s explanation of reading as “active contemplation.”

      “A Thousand Names for Joy” – what a great book title, and you given it such a strong endorsement. I like Katie’s approach so you have me curious. Thank you for your recommendations.

  6. Oh Sandra, you had me at “The Notebook” 😉

    Well, ehm, I didn’t exactly read the book, I saw the movie….multiple times, before I knew about the book. I did read the sequel to the Notebook, “The Wedding”, and it was beautiful as well!

    As for what book, oh there are several that I can read again and again, but I think my top pick right now would be “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle

    Have a wonderful month’s end!

    p.s. Interesting read about Amazon…thanks for linking that!

    • I’m glad you liked the list, Evita! Thanks for adding “The Wedding.”

      Eckhart Tolle has positively influenced so many people. It’s helpful to be reminded of these ideas again and again so I can see why his book is at the top of your list.

      Everything I’ve read about Amazon of late has me in a tizzy. It’s not just about Amazon. It’s also our desire for cheap and convenient that helps make these giants grow. But, it can’t last forever. Everything that is high eventually is brought back to low.

  7. Wow – this is a great list! Thank you so much for sharing and in particular, I love that you took the time to give readers some ideas on how to gather the books but without going to some of the big name companies in the industry, or going digital – beautiful!

    • Hi Sonya! It’s so nice to see you! You’re very welcome. With the dominance of Amazon – they sell something like 41% of books worldwide – it’s so easy to forget that there are other ways to get books!

  8. Jennifer Mo

    I am a huge fan of rereading books — perhaps the only reason I can justify owning so many! I don’t think it’s quite possible to read the same book twice: the book remains the same, but the reader changes, often dramatically. I’ve been going through a wonderful re-read of many of my favorite Brit lit classics this summer. Not just Austen, whose books have become comfort reading because I’ve read them so often, but books I haven’t touched in ten or more years. I am surprised to find that I no longer hate Tess of the d’Urbervilles with the fury of an emerging teenage feminist. And whereas I enjoyed A Room with a View when I read it at 14, the book seems so much richer now in its celebration of youth and optimism and tongue-in-cheek humor. One scene actually brought me to tears this time, it was so poignant. My re-read list includes a number of children’s books, classics, and slightly junky fantasy with characters who have begun to seem like old friends.

    • This is such an important point, Jennifer! It’s never the same book because we ourselves are different. Thanks for the beautiful examples you’ve shared. Yes, I can see you cozily reading these precious titles. I haven’t read as much in recent years and then mostly read non-fiction. But, I think I’ll be returning to some of these special fictions reads soon. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites with us.

  9. Nice list, Sandra! I’ve read “The Time Traveler’s Wife” at least 5 times. 🙂 I’ve started the first chapter of “A Course in Miracles” 3 times, and finally finished it today. It evoked such an emotional response for me (which is VERY unusual for me), that I wasn’t able to finish it before. I think it will be a good book to read…but I’ll take it slow!

    • 5 times! That really shows your enthusiasm for this book, Bethany. To me, the Course in Miracles seems so much more than a book. I’ve only read the beginning parts, but it feels like it takes time to integrate each lesson and that the lessons are very profound even if we don’t understand them conceptually. It makes sense to take it slowly!

  10. What a lovely idea for a blog post Sandra. I would like to read The Secret Garden again as it reminds me of my childhood and feels like soooo long since I read it. I’ve just downloaded the free e-book. Thanks for the link x

    • I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the list. I would love to read The Secret Garden too! I’ve never read it before. It sounds wonderful. Enjoy!

  11. Hi Sandra,

    A 1000 Names for Joy by Byron Katie – the entire book was great but a few paragraphs that were life changing for me were about her adult children. She said, “How can I know what’s best for them when I don’t know what’s best for myself 1/2 of the time.”

    Anytime I want to judge I remember that line. Amazing what it has done for me.

    Love the list. I also want to read Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth again. I think he changed Oprah’s life more than any other guest.

    Reading is joy for me. I love books. The ones I hold in my hands;) xo

    • Dear Tess, Isn’t amazing how even one phrase or sentence from a book can stick with us and make a profound different in our lives? I’m happy to know that reading brings you so much joy.

  12. Interesting list. I’ve only read two of them. I’ve read the Alchemist multiple times and I’ve read Man’s Search for Meaning. I might have to check out a few of the other ones. I would add my favorite book East of Eden. I’ve read it multiple times. I’ve read the Harry Potter series multiple times to hehe.

    • Those are wonderful suggestions, Sebastian. There are many I haven’t read on the list, but I’ve started on Stranger in a Strange Land as I recover from a small injury I sustained a few days ago.

  13. “The White Dragon” by Anne McAffrey was my pick. I loved every single one of her Pern books. And then The Ship Who Sang series…

    “Eon” by Greg Bear is also a really good 3rd or 4th read. So is Connie Willis’ “The Doomsday Book.”

  14. That’s a great list, Sandra. I’d read all of Rohinton Mistry’s books twice. And P.G. Wodehouse 🙂 Love Nicholas Sparks! Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a classic and of course, The Artist’s Way. A Course in Miracles – I had the privilege of studying it last year.

    I can see a few in your list I haven’t read yet. Thank you!

    • Dear Vidya,

      Thanks for these wonderful additions, Vidya. So many people have recommended The Artists Way. I really do want to read it one day. And, I’ve only read a small part of A Course in Miracles. But, as you mention, it’s really a book that needs to be studied in a sense or at least contemplated.

  15. The Mists of Avalon. *sigh* My favorite book of all time.

  16. Love these book suggestions, Sandra. Some that are on your list that I love are Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I like The Artist’s Way as well and want to reread that. My final suggestion would be The Four Agreements. Thanks – I will add these to my list!

    • Dear Cathy,

      I’m so glad you like the book suggestions, Cathy. I’m keen on reading the ones you’ve highlighted. It seems like many of us are running in the same stream!

  17. Hi Sandra,

    I have read a few books on your list but there are also many that I have not read. I will have to bookmark your list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Sandra, the Desire Map was an awesome book and my introduction to Danielle LaPorte’s work – it was like poetry, business, creativity, art, and life all rolled into one.

    I have not read a New Earth but it is sitting on the bookshelf where I’m traveling – I’ll take this post to be a sign to read that book next:)

    • Dear Vishnu,

      I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the Desire Map. I haven’t read it yet! It would probably be good to shape up my thoughts about the topic. Nothing like a sign from the universe!

  19. Carmen McConnell

    Some great books on this list. The SECRET GARDEN in particular holds a cherished chunk of my heart, not just as a beloved childhood read, but because my daughter had a part in her high school’s musical adaptation.

    My picks to round out this list would be Kate Atkinson’s LIFE AFTER LIFE, for the sheer lyrical beauty of her use of language and her creative storytelling. And Kate Grebville’s THE SECRET RIVER. After finishing each, I immediately returned to the first page and started reading again.

    • Dear Carmen, What a strong recommendation for a book, the desire to reread it immediately upon finishing it! I love those qualities: lyrical beauty and creative storytelling. The titles are fabulous. You have me intrigued. Thanks for adding the special reads to the list. I’m also curious about the Secret Garden because of the link to healing through nature.

  20. I chuckled when I saw my book recommendation on the list. I had no idea My Father’s Dragon would be part of your post. My first thought was to recommend Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson. My favorite business book of all time. Lots of great books on this list. I still need to read The Alchemist.

    • Hi Wendy, I didn’t have this as a plan when I asked the question! I was inspired by the responses and that sparked the idea to share on my blog too!

      What an unusual title for a business book! I can imagine it must be helpful being written by Richard Branson. Thanks for adding that one! The Alchemist is now on my list too.

  21. Great list! Have you made this to Goodreads list yet?
    (If you are unfamiliar with it, pls see here:

    I recently read The Afterlife of Billy Fingers and enjoyed it a lot.
    Personally, I’d like to see Conversations with God, too, in the list 🙂

    • Thank you, Akemi! I’m not on Goodreads so I didn’t think to make a list there. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check it out. I’m happy to add Conversations with the God to the list and thanks so much for the thumbs up on Bill Fingers.

  22. Hi Sandra
    This is really an enjoyable list and do have variety to taste different flavors of literature.
    The trend of book reading is rising everywhere though we claim to publish more books than previous. This is an era of apps and plugins that is why people want to imbibe more in lesser time with least hard work. That is why people are switching to ebooks and tutorials instead of reading a book in detail.
    But they must keep in mind there is no alternative of literary books. Whatever advancement is done in info tech but no gadget can be invented to do poetry with feelings. The ultimate fate of Google translator is obvious to all which do translate the words but can never do the thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing this useful resource which really worth of bookmarking for future reference.

    • Hi there, Beautifully said! I couldn’t agree with you more. E-books can be useful and even profoundly inspiring, but many of them are second rate and don’t hold a candle to a real book. Thanks for this important reminder.

  23. So many of these books are on my bookshelf and some i intend to read, some I have reread and Like you I have started the Course in miracles many times and only see to get to the first week- one day I may complete it. One book that I think is now out of print that I often pick up is Self-Esteem by Virginia Satir
    thanks for sharing xx

    • That’s so wonderful that you are surrounded by such inspiring books, Suzie! I was just thinking a moment ago that I might read A Return to Love (which I haven’t read) since I probably won’t spend the time on the Course in Miracles itself (as powerful as that might be).

      Virginia Satir is such an icon. That sounds like a classic! Thanks for the suggestion.

  24. Hi Sandra,
    Thanks for that eclectic list of great books.
    However I feel these books also belong to that league:-

    1.Illusions- Richard Bach
    2.Conversations with God-Neale D. Walsch
    3.Science of Getting rich -Wallace d wattles
    4.As a Man Thinketh- James Allen
    5.Many Lives many Masters-Brian Wiess

    A Course in Miracles and Seven Spiritual Laws of Success are true perennials.

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