UK Poll: Which books do you revisit?

London, 9th November 2007: New research released today by Costa, the UK’s fastest growing coffee chain, reveals that 77% of UK readers have enjoyed a book* so much the first time that they’ve gone back to read it again. {Full article here.}

I’ll post the top twenty reread books, as listed in the article quoted above, but first I have to say: Coffee chain? What, do you suppose, would prompt a coffee chain to poll this sort of thing? And how was it done? Informal conversation? A survey? A long essay which had to be filled out before your low fat no whip double mocha latte would be passed over the counter? But anyway, here, as promised, is that top twenty:

The Top 20 Revisited Reads:

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

6. 1984 by George Orwell

7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

8. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

10. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

11. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

12. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

13. Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews

14. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

15. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

16. The Bible

17. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

18. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

19. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

20. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

So, if you do revisit certain books, did you see yours on the list? If not, what are some titles you find yourself going back to?

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One thought on “UK Poll: Which books do you revisit?

  1. I find that the books which I have read over and over (and those that I would like to if I ever have time) are mostly books which I read when I was young. I think I invested more in my reading then — I didn’t have so many other things to occupy my time. Reading then was more my life, as opposed to a diversion. Anyway, the ones that come immediately to mind
    are The Prince And The Pauper, the Black Stallion books, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Little Women (I’m surprised that wasn’t on the Top Twenty list — perhaps it would have been if the poll had been taken in America), To Kill A Mockingbird, Light In The Forest, Big Red, Mrs. Mike… I could go on, but I won’t. Thanks for reminding me of these!

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