DAY 6: The Book You’ve Read the Most Number of Times.

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Greetings fellow book nerds! Right now I am hyped up on lack of sleep, (I’ve noticed this usually tends to be my final wave before I conk out completely) so lets hope I complete this without my head bashing the keyboard. 😀

The first book series that enters my mind – and probably a thousand other bookworms heads around the globe is the Harry Potter series. I’ve read it at least six times and went through a stage where I reread them every summer. Originally the books always came out at this time and I would sit reading them in the garden. Once the series was finished I continued the tradition, and even now whenever I see the first rays of sun in grey old England I feel the irresistible urge to dig out the first book and start Harry’s adventure all over again. However, to me Harry Potter seems too much of an obvious choice and as much as we all love it, it is hard to say anything ground breaking or new on the subject of interest! Besides, I already rambled about Luna on day 2. 🙂
So instead I choose to give the spotlight to a less well known and under appreciated set of books that I have reread multiple times and love just as much – Cate Tiernan’s Wicca series, or the Sweep series as it is know in some other countries.

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Ohhh how can I sum up this series epic nature and without spoilers as well?! This blog post is going to be a challenge.

As I mentioned when I reviewed the first novel Book of Shadows on this blog last year, I feel like this book series found me; I began reading them when I was at the perfect age and in a time of transition in my life. I had finally broken away from a somewhat toxic friendship I had been in since primary school and was starting to explore more of the world as an individual, trying to figure out who I wanted to be. The books also helped cement a new friendship when I found a girl in the library who was just as passionate about the series as I was. To say they have sentimental value would be an understatement.

The series follows sixteen year old Morgan Rowlands your average shy, slightly awkward sixteen year old. But when a guy named Cal Blaire moves to town everything begins to change. He introduces Morgan, her best friends Robbie and Bree, along with several other students to the religion Wicca. Hesitant at first Morgan soon finds she has a talent for it that the others do not possess, it makes her feel whole in a way she has never felt before.
This along with gorgeous Cal’s interest in her makes Bree envious, and Morgan soon finds herself minus one best friend. As the series continues readers follow Morgan learning more about Wicca, her continuing relationships with her friends, family and romantic others, as she continues to grow as a person.

That’s all I can really say without spoilers because there are so many plot twists and surprising revelations in the story that would spoil it if I told you! 😛 There are 15 books in total but each is small and they often seem to be sold in volumes now that contain three stories each. No matter which edition these books seem to suffer from such terrible cover art, that I often think it is a miracle that I picked them up at all!

These books have everything you could want from a YA series, massive conflicts, first love, loss, magic, danger, betrayal, suspense and elements mystery that I always wonder why they aren’t more popular. Cate Tiernan’s writing isn’t the best you will ever come across but she has such a knack for creating a lovable and vast cast of characters. The Wiccan circles bring together a wide mix of people, popular, nerdy, rebels, goody goodies, the shy and the confident that you will find it hard not to relate to at least a few of them. The contrast between the various cliques and social groups who come together to celebrate Wicca is huge, so the way their relationships develop with each other is fascinating to read about. The lead protagonist Morgan grows and changes so much as a character from book 1-15 which was wonderful to read about, you go through all the growing pains with her one step at a time and before you know it, she’ll be embedded in your heart as a favourite character forever. 🙂 The novels are action packed too and Tiernan never wastes a page or a chapter on irrelevant boring details.

Even with all of the above, my favourite aspect of the series has to be the focus on Wicca, it goes into so much detail about the practices, the symbolism and the rules of the religion which makes the series more fascinating than your average books. It inspired me to do a lot of research on the topic and it became a new obsession of mine for a while. The beliefs and the misconceptions about those that practice it are so interesting. So not only will you be entertained by this series, you’ll learn a lot too!

I honestly can’t recommend this series enough and I will continue to reread them again and again! I don’t think I will ever get bored of them.

Which book or book series have you read the most number of times? I would love to get some great recommendations! 🙂

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47 thoughts on “DAY 6: The Book You’ve Read the Most Number of Times.

  1. That’s a lovely arrangement you’ve made of those books, Becky. It’s interesting that this series coincides with the personal circumstances of your life at the time. It’s the sort of thing that can give an additional layer of emotional attachment.

    Do graphic novels count? If so, I’ve read Batman: The Dark Knight plenty of times. If not, then I’ve read The Stand, The Tommyknockers, and Pet Cemetery multiple times. And when I say ‘multiple times’ what I actually mean is ‘twice’.

    • Why thank you Michael, I was searching for a way to try and make the picture more interesting so I thought I’d try swiveling the books. 😛 If people look at the same generic picture all the time it can get boring, but it’s hard not to run out of ideas!

      It is, it was certainly a case of finding the right set of books at the right time that made me enjoy them to such a large extent, and although there is nostalgia attached I still find them great books now on a normal story level.

      Graphic novels definitely count! I’ve never actually read one but a lot of people seem to like them. I wonder if I will ever pick one up… Superheroes are always awesome and make for great escapism. 🙂 I know your a big fan of Stephen King so that doesn’t surprise me, although I didn’t think you would be the type of person to reread books from what you’ve said previously!

  2. I always forget about this book series until you mention it, even though I loved it when I was reading them… How weird. GUESS what my book for today would be?
    Hint: I obsessed over it when we were in Waterstones the other week.
    Another hint: If you don’t like it our friendship is over. (kidding).

    No but for real it came out a year and a half ago and I’ve read it about 7 times. Maybe an exaggeration. Who knows.

    Oh god… if we’re counting book series then it’s DEFINITELY twilight. Eep.

    • Haha I loved it so much that I find it hard to forget them, plus, I do own all the books so have a reminder on my bookshelf!

      Hmm…this is tough, really tough. Um, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS AND ALL OTHER JOHN GREEN BOOKS (possibly minus Paper Towns). 😛 Seven times, whoa. That is pretty impressive.

      Hahaaaa, your past coming back to haunt you there? 😉 They are good books in a lot of ways though, with a lot of memories attached. Even if they also have a lot of negatives too.

      Hey, wait a minute, it’s your birthday. What are you doing spending time on my boring old blog?! Get your butt celebrating. 🙂

  3. I like the sound of those Wicca books. Anyone who can create lovable characters is good by me.
    I’ve read the Twilight books several times – definitely an easy, comfort read. It’s like visiting old friends.

    • Hehee good, because they’re awesome and I think you would really like them!

      I’ve read the Twilight books through twice and then Twilight and New Moon three times I think and I did it pretty much back to back. I was obsessed with those books. 🙂

  4. I’ve never heard of this series either (you are like the Aladdin of lit blogging, introducing me to a Whole New World of fiction!), but it sounds good! The experiences we have while reading books – especially if they’re good – live with us forever. I’m so glad this series holds such good memories for you – we all need as many of those series as we can get! Great blog!

    • Omg, I love that so much!!! How awesome. 😀 I’m so happy you feel that way, maybe that should be my new tag line. 😉 That’s the main reason I wanted to do this, to pull some of the more unknown book titles into the limelight that deserve to be acknowledged.
      I totally agree, the time and place and mood you are in when you first read a book can impact your thoughts on it so much. It’s like a book holds to stories, the one printed on the page and the other the readers. 🙂

      Thank you! They always put a smile on my face when I think back to the memories of when I first read them, like when my bf of the time got annoyed because I was reading one of the books instead of talking to him. 😉

  5. I have the whole Wicca series on my Nook. Yayyyyy!!!!! That’s it – I need to quit my job so I can read all these damn books you keep telling me about. Does it matter that I won’t be able to afford groceries? Nah – books are far more important LOL! There are many books that I have read over and over when new books in the series came out, but I think that Harry Potter wins because I read them myself, read them to each of my sons, and then re-read them a couple of times myself. We should totally read them again Beckyyyyyyy!! We could take it slow and read other books at the same time :).

    • Noooo wayyyyyy!!!! That’s so awesome. Did you just buy them or were they on your Nook already? Either way, ignore all your other books, chores, everything and put them at the top of your list!!! 😀
      HAHA, so true. Phaaa, who needs to eat anyways? It’s overrated. 😛 Books feed you knowledge and entertainment, now that’s the best kinda food. 😉

      I think Harry Potter are the books I have read the most number of times as well, but the Wicca series comes in close second. Both series are so addictive! Read them to your sons? Ohh yeah, and I know that was totally for their benefit wasn’t it? It wasn’t because you secretly wanted to read them again, was it? LOL. 😉 If I ever have kids I’m definitely going to read HP to them!

      We shoullddddddd!!!!!! But I can’t do them in small doses, they’re too addictiveeeeeeeeee!! 😛

      • New addiction confirmed!!!! I started the first Wicca book last night, and I can’t put it down. It’s funny you know, when I was a kid and I worked in a public library, I used to read every book in the supernatural section, from witchcraft to ESP to ghosts, and with so many books these days about vampires and fallen angels I had forgotten how much I love books about witches. I guess that’s why I loved A Discovery of Witches so much! Anyway, in answer to your question, when you first told me about the Wicca series I searched on the internet and found all of the books for free. Wahooo! They’re not perfect because they have been converted by someone to ebooks although not professionally, but the whole series for free is what I liked :). Thank you so much for recommending this series because I think it’s going to be one of my new favourites! Ok, back to reading because everyone else is still at work so the house is totally quiet :).

      • YAYYYYY!!!! You’re right, it’s very easy to forget about witches these days but there are some great tales from further back floating around out there! I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that specifically focuses on ghost, unless you count The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, hm, imagine that. I guess there aren’t many of them around anymore. :/
        All the books for free?! Whoa, where are these free websites you always talk of? You’re a clever little blogger you are. 😛

        You can’t believe how embarrassingly happy I am right now because you liked them!!! Now I have someone else I can sequel over them with. 😀 Weeeeeeeeee!

      • If you want a fantastic ghost story that I consider one of the most moving books I have ever read, try The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. It’s amazing!

        As for free books, the website I get most of them from is http://www.tuebl.ca. Now I know that a lot of people think it’s bad that I download books for free, but you know me – I still buy tons of books as well :). For the Wicca books, I found a torrent online that contained all 15 books. Like I said, the formatting and conversion is not perfect, but I’ll live with it. However, if I continue to like them this much, I can see myself actually buying the series. I love Morgan’s character and how she slowly becomes aware of the energy and magick around her and within her. I wish I was magick :).

      • Yepp, as expected I have never heard of it! Gosh, I’m getting so many awesome recommendations from this challenge! I’m going to have to go back through all these comments afterwards when I’ve had a break, write them all down, and then investigate. 🙂

        Awesome I will check out the website. A torrent site tut, tut. 😉 To be honest that’s probably the easiest way to do it as well as the cheapest because there’s so many of them, and you probably already account for 10% of book purchases in the entire world as it is like me, LOL! I hope you like them enoy enough to but the physical copies in time, they look very nice on a bookshelf. 🙂

        I absolutely love Morgan, and her obsession with Diet Cote. She’s one of my all time fave characters and she only gets better as the books go along!

      • It’s funny you should comment about her addiction to diet Coke. For me it’s diet Pepsi, and I drink them first thing in the morning as well because I’m not a coffee or tea drinker, and I need that caffeine boost in the morning. So, I can really identify with her on that.

        As for buying them, I think I might just break down. You have the 15 separate books, but they have also put them together into 5 volumes, 3 books in each. The covers are beautiful, much better in my opinion than the original covers. They are about $9/book, so it would be under $50 for all of them. Hmmm, you are such a bad influence on me LOL!!!

      • No way, what a funny coincidence! For me it is definitely tea, I’m not a big fan of fizzy drinks, unless there is alcohol is involved, LOL.

        HEHEE, do it, DOOOOO ITTTTTT, you know you want to. 😉 The volumes way is a much more sensible idea because individually the books are short. I KNOW I AM, I LOVE IT! Still, you do it to me too so lets call it temptation karma! 😀

      • BOOOOOKEYYYYYY, MUSTTTTYYYYYY, ADVENTURE-EYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDNNNNEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS. 😀

        MAGIC.

        WICCA.

        FIRST LOVES.

        SELF DISCOVERY.

        YOUUUU WILLLLL LOOOVEEEE THEMMMMMMM!

  6. Why have I not heard of this series before, they sound so cool! I’m begginning to think I made a fantastic life choice when I followed your blog as you have lead me to all sorts of great books I never dreamed of! I’ll be checking this series out for sure, great post! 🙂

    • They are super cool! That’s why I always find it so sad that no one has heard of them, the Wicca aspect is such a unique idea that I have yet to come across any books even slightly similar, and I’ve read a lot of books! LOL.

      Awwh that’s so sweet, thank you! 😀 I’m such a bad influence when it comes to people’s tbr piles. 😉 So glad to hear you will be checking them out!

  7. My pick (apart from HP, of course) would be Terry Pratchett’s Thief of Time. I enjoy all the Discworld books, but this one stands out in terms of comic genius. We’re talking time travel, the horsemen of the apocalypse, glass clocks powered by lightening, and more puns than any human can handle.

    • Hehe, of course. 😉 Oooh that sounds amazing! I have the first Discworld book to try and a random one which I think was the first in the series he aimed at children. I haven’t picked them up yet simply because it’s such a long series, and although I’ve heard you don’t need to read them in order I still want to try and round up a few of the other series I have started first.

      Terry Pratchett sounds like an excellent choice. 🙂

      • There’s a reading order guide online for Discworld. It’s actually several series running parallel to each other. Each book is stand-alone, but if you read a series in order you can see the characters evolve from one book to the next. The very first two books weren’t that great for me, but I love most of the rest of them. Number 40 coming out later this year 😀

      • Is there? I had no idea, thanks for the tip. Wow, sounds complicated but also intriguing. I’ve heard a few people mention now that they weren’t big fans of the first few, so when I do give them a go I will persevere. 🙂

        Number 40, WHOA! That’s insane. 😛

  8. That is a cool spiral. 🙂

    Excluding “Bedknob and Broomstick” I think the book I’ve probably read the most is the novelisation of Star Wars. Odd choice, but there it is. 🙂

    Summers with a new Harry Potter reminded me of something. After I read the one over the school-work summer holidays where…shall we say, a character whose name begins with a D dies…I couldn’t wait to get back to school-work in September and talk about it with another major fan. The conversation went like this:

    Me: I can’t believe she killed off D–!
    Them: I haven’t read it yet.

    Ouch.

    I had a friend who could speed read and would devour the books in about 12 hours. Then he’d start again immediately and read it slowly so he could soak up all the clues.

    • Why thank you Tony, it looked way better than I thought it would. Resultttt. 🙂

      Haha, funnily enough there is a ton of either Star Wars or Star Trek novels at the book shop where I’m volunteering that we just can’t shift! I never managed to get into either but I’m glad you got enjoyment out of them! I don’t think it’s an odd choice. 🙂

      Ohhhh my goshhh! NO, YOU DIDN’T!
      *Tony says – Ohh yes I di-d* LOL.
      Agh, I would be livid!! 😛 I absolutely hate hearing book spoilers before I’ve read something. Awkwarddd.

      Wow, I always wish I could read faster, that’s amazing. Yet, I often think I read more slowly on purpose, as your friend mentioned, I like to soak up everything and enjoy the experience. 🙂 Sometimes rushing makes you miss things.

      • I know! She was such a huge HP fan it never even crossed my mind she WOULDN’T have read it.

        I did apologise profusely and try and play it off: “Hah! You fell for my cunning…er…misdirection. It wasn’t him…it was, um. Someone else.”
        She didn’t fall for it.

        In my own defence, at least I never said who did it! 🙂

      • I know what you mean! I don’t think it would cross my mind either! When someone it that big a fan you expect them to have read it, lol. Haha awh bless, point for trying though! When rumours of a death were going round at the time a few people actually told me it was Hagrid!

        Ha, phew! That really would have ruined the surprise. 🙂

  9. I would have to use the same book to answer this question and the one before it – Chocolat by Joanne Harris. It’s like a big hug of a book flavoured with lots and lots of chocolate. I’ve read it more times than I can remember and it even has the added bonus of being a fantastic film with Johnny Depp for days when I need my fix really quickly!

    • Ohh wow, that sounds amazing! Chocolate and books, why I do believe those are two of my favourite things, if you add in tea I would be away and happy for life! 😛

      A fantastic film and a fantastic book adaption, that’s extremely rare! It’s defied the laws of awesomeness. I had no idea there was a film, let alone a film with Depp. I might have to check that out. 🙂

      • I don’t think there’s any tea in it – they all drink hot chocolate and they’re a bit too French for tea but I like to add my own 🙂

        I saw the film first and loved it hence I read the book. The two manage to be different enough that you can enjoy them both as if they were separate entities. Joanne Harris being an awesome writer and Johnny Depp being awesome are added bonuses!

      • Awh, shame. 😛 Ohh I see they’re French, that explains it then. Hot chocolate is pretty nice too though. Ah, I approve!

        Ohh that’s interesting that although you saw the film first you still enjoyed the book! I’d say that’s usually pretty rare, no wonder it’s one of your most read books. 😀

  10. I’d never heard of this series before, it sounds great, especially with the way you wrote about it! I don’t often reread books, but one I’ve been coming back to a lot lately is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe… I just have an unhealthy obsession with the book. Oh well. Fantastic post and I hope you keep them coming!

    • Ohh I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and that I could introduce you to a series you weren’t aware of, a mean feat considering your such a massive bookworm like myself. 🙂 I reread books a lot less now simply because as I have gotten older I’ve become more aware of time ticking, it’s always hard to choose whether to explore a new book or revisit an old one.

      Oooh I’ve never heard of that book either, I will have to check it out. It’s certainly got an intriguing title. 🙂

      Thank you, and I will try!

  11. You’re like a fountain of YA book knowledge. Remarkable.

    Mine would of course be Harry Potter which, as you say, is a little deflating because it’s the same for millions of other people. I haven’t read them for a while so I might have to fit them in amongst my rather large READ ME pile.

    • Hehee I am? Who knew! It’s surprising sometimes when you discover how many random and interesting things are locked away in your brain that you’ve forgotten about. Thank you. 🙂

      Whey, another point for the Harry Potter! Those books seem to be by far the most popular, and although it can make you feel unoriginal, the truth of the matter is that they are so frickin’ good everybody can’t help but love them.

      I’ve been very tempted to do that this summer too!

  12. Single novel: On the Road
    Series: Lord of the Rings (I’m not even sure this counts, as Tolkien intended them to be one book.)
    I’m doing that 100 books list right now, but your recos are going in my to read list, for sure.

    • Oooh On the Road is a very interesting choice. I haven’t read it myself but I’ve heard extremely mixed reactions to it! I guess it’s one of those novels that either resonates with you or falls entirely flat.

      Lord of the Rings is great, I highly approve! 😀

      Ohh wow, that’s a great challenge, good luck with it! I’m sure it will feel extremely rewarding as you make progress. That’s awesome to hear, thank you and I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  13. First of all, love the photo! Second of all, I’ve had these books on my shelf for like five or six years and I haven’t touched them yet… I’m definitely going to have to reconsider now!

    Since I can’t remember which book I’ve read the most, I will give you a top three: The Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate, Redwall by Brian Jacques, and of course, Harry Potter. Most of these were read over and over again when I was younger and lived two hours from the nearest bookstore (and apparently hadn’t discovered the Internet yet). The book I think I will be reading over and over again for years to come: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss!

    • Hehe thank you Niki. 🙂 That’s so funny because that is exactly what I did. I owned them for such a long time before I picked them up because the covers looked so meh. After reading I really kicked myself for not picking them up sooner!

      Sounds good. Oooh this is really interesting because apart from Harry Potter, I haven’t heard of any of these books! I will definitely have to make note of them to look up at a later date. I’m getting so many new recommendations from this challenge, it’s fabby. 🙂 Hehe ohh yes, the good old days before the internet where the libraries were the main source of discovery….there’s was something so much more magically about stumbling across an amazing book by accident!

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