Tell me…which book have you read the most number of times?

Becky over at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic has set herself a 30 Day Book Challenge with some really great questions. I would have loved to be able to post every day as well along with her but just don’t have the time. However, she has allowed other bloggers to ‘borrow’ her questions and join in.

The first question I picked from Becky’s list is ‘the book you’ve read the most number of times‘. This is an easy question for me as I’ve only ever read one book more than once, my all time favourite, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill A Mockingbird

First published in 1960 and a winner of the Pulitizer Prize this was Harper Lee’s one and only novel.

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

I first read this book in secondary school for an English project and was probably the only set text I’ve ever enjoyed! I can’t really pinpoint the one thing that I love about this book but just know I love all of it.

I love the straight talking of Atticus, he really is a modern day hero. I love the innocence of Jem and Scout and the things they get up to reminds me of my childhood antics with my brother. It’s a fantastic book that deals with some really sensitive issues and excellently demonstrates the racial inequality of the time and the lack of justice – probably where my interest in law came from.

to-kill-a-mockingbird court scene

Tom awaits his fate

I love the black and white film with Gregory Peck. It’s so simple and brings the characters to life so well. I’ve even seen a stage play at the theatre which was a whole other experience! The book is really well written and Harper Lee has the knack of flipping between adult and child perspective and narrative with such ease.

There are some deep moral issues raised in this book with some brilliant quotes, mostly from Atticus; here are some of my favourites:

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

And ultimately…

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

I just might have to go and read it again now 🙂

Tell me…what is the book you’ve read the most number of times?


  1. 11th August 2013 / 1:52 pm

    Funnily enough over the last week I have considered reading this, completely randomly. And since then, you are the second person to mention the book to me since! This is very tempting… my dilemma is whether I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare first so I can go and see the movie…

    Great post!

  2. 11th August 2013 / 3:17 pm

    I have a whole stock of books I read time and again. I don’t know whether that makes me a sad person, or what? But these books become like my favourite slippers or my best friend, always there and ready to make me feel happy. The book that holds the record for being re-read the most times in my house is…. *drum roll* The Old-Girl Network by Catherine Alliott. It just makes me laugh and giggle with glee every single time without fail, *and* it has a happy ending. 🙂 Second runner up is Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. I’m endlessly fascinated by how those nine short stories connect and overlap, even though they don’t seem to at first reading. Last time I read the book (sacrilege of scacrileges) I indulged my curiosity and read armed with an array of coloured pens to highlight important bits. The results were astounding and highly satisfying! What can I say? I love books and reading!

    • 14th August 2013 / 9:20 am

      I’ve not heard of the book The Old Girl Network, on such a strong recommendation I’ll have to buy it 🙂

      • 14th August 2013 / 6:55 pm

        Oh, you won’t regret it. It pre-dates Bridget Jones but to me, it’s the first proper ‘chick lit’ read. Giggles galore, and no mobile phone, FB or Twitter in sight, LOL ~ those were the days. I’m sure you’ll adore meeting Polly. X

  3. 6th October 2013 / 3:37 am

    I’ve read Gone With the Wind four times. 🙂

    • 15th October 2013 / 1:57 pm

      Wow! I haven’t even read it once or watched the movie!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  4. 7th April 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Love this book and love this review! I did my own review of it recently and I found it hard to adequately describe how great it is, but you’ve done a great job here! I look forward to reading more from you!


  5. 14th March 2015 / 12:42 pm

    The book I’ve read the most times is The Perks of Being a Wallflower which has been read 3 times, I absolutely love it! I’ve also re-read all my other favourites; The Book Thief, Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska twice each. There’s a couple others I’ve read twice too but unless it’s an absolute favourite, I tend to only read books once! I really want to do another re-read of The Book Thief but I just DON’T HAVE TIME! xx

  6. 7th July 2018 / 9:41 am

    I haven’r re-read any Lindsay … although I might re-read the All Souls Trilogy before the TV series comes out! (Who am I kidding, I probably won’t).

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      8th July 2018 / 11:38 am

      With all the books on offer these days, and the various formats in which they come, I surprised if anyone has the time to re-read a book! 😉

  7. 7th July 2018 / 4:57 pm

    I used to reread a lot when I was a child and as a teenager; not so much, these days. Five Dolls In A House (Helen Clare), some of the Sadler’s Wells series (Lorna Hill) and some Agatha Christies were among the books I used to return to.

    I think that The Prisoner of Zenda must come in at the top of the list, because I reread it as a child and have done at least two or three times as an adult!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      8th July 2018 / 11:43 am

      As an adult, time is such a factor and there are so many books and formats to choose from, I’m surprised if anyone nowadays would re-read. It’d have to be pretty special 🙂

  8. 7th July 2018 / 9:39 pm

    The book I’ve read more times is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I’m actually re-reading it now. I used to re-read Books a lot a few years ago but now all the shiny new ones keep calling me!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      8th July 2018 / 11:36 am

      That’s the problem isn’t it! Too much choice! I haven’t re-read a book in years. However, I will be this month as my book club is reading a book I’ve already read but I will re-read to refresh my memory 🙂

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