books reread

For our Tales & Ales Giveaway Competition, we asked: which book have you read more than once? We loved reading your answers so much, we thought we’d publish a selection so that others can enjoy them too.


I’ve read Slaughterhouse Five numerous times. It’s my favourite book and has been since I picked it up at 18. I even have a ‘So it goes’ tattoo. It’s a funny and entertaining book that touches on some really dark and important themes.


A book I’ve read more than once is Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I’ve actually read it maybe 12 times, every year since it was published! It takes me to a very happy place every time! 


A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata. A powerful story created into an equally powerful movie. I still have my 1968 Penguin paperback sold at the amazing price of 65 cents.


My favourite book and one I have read more than once is A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. There is not a better book to take you on your own little journey in a bygone era! And the fact that he loves a drink on almost every page makes me feel better about myself! 


My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell – I enjoyed in my youth and now reading it to my nine-year-old daughter. No travel or holidays on the horizon, so stories of lazy days bathed in the warm Mediterranean sun, exploring peeling villas surrounded by olive groves and swimming off beaches lit at night by glowing fireflies is the next best thing. 

I’m skipping over the truly archaic bits, but sharing her peals of laughter at tales of Quasimodo, the walking pigeon, or Achilles, the tortoise and brother Larry – comparing his mother’s new bathing costume to ‘a badly skinned whale’ and christening Gerald’s handmade boat the Bootle Bumtrinket – are bringing me joy in an otherwise lacklustre lockdown.


The book I’ve read more than once is Insomniac City by Bill Hayes. I have read this book several times. Now, I pick it up and just savour a chapter. It’s just so uplifting. Even reading about Hayes’ partner, Oliver Sacks and his battles with cancer, I found flashes of hope. Looking at the everyday and seeing something wonderful. It’s a book that’s always by my bed and near my comfy chair in the lounge room. 

Your other well-loved books…

Anna Karenina

The Shepherd’s Hut

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Pride and Prejudice

To Kill a Mockingbird

Once Upon the River Love

The Outsider 

A Little Life

Call of the Reed Warbler 

The Catcher in the Rye 

On the Jellicoe Road 

The Rosie Project


My Brilliant Friend 

Throne of Glass 

Catch 22 

Harry Potter 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Art of Frugal Hedonism 

Harpo Speaks