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I'm reading Seirawan's Winning Chess Tactics for a second time. Which books have you not only recommend but have read more than twice? (any chess subject)
Simple Chess - Michael Stean
I haven't read that many books overall, so the only one I've read more than once is Tigran Petrosian: His life and games by Vik Vasiliev (and it's absoluetely excellent - I believe Silman said somewhere that his copy eventually fell apart from the number of times he read it).
Euwe's The Development of Chess Style. About how chess strategy changed since Greco's time.
Simple Chess, The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky, probably others I don't remember. I always thought it was interesting that the Russian word used for crime also meant transgression. I'd love to read both in Russian, but I'm too lazy to learn the language ):
Silman's Reassess Your Chess (3rd) and Averbakh Advanced Chess Tactics. Among non-chess books A Separate Peace (quite different reading it in high school and then 25 years later) and Lord of the Rings trilogy (at age 13 and 18).
The Grapes of Wrath.
The Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy- all 5 of them
Oh, and also Chess To Enjoy, by Andy Soltis
When I was in grade school, I read a book more than 30 times. Then I lost count. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.
My dad had this Civil War book that I read over and over. Lots of maps and pictures, and quite good, but I don't remember the title.
Hmm, most read book, that's a tough one. I always went for breadth over depth. I may well be The Grapes of Wrath at a modest three times.
I wish I had time to read many chess books twice, inc game collections of Alekhine, Capa, Smyslov, Fischer, Pillsbury, My System and Chess Praxis by Nimzovitch and many others - but I still have many unread books such as game collections of Karpov, Kasparov, Gligoric, Tal, Petrosian, Lasker and middlegame books by Romanovsky, Soltis, Euwe and many more unread works (sigh)
And then there are all sorts of unread novels, short story and novelette anthologies and works of non-fiction gathering dust in my library not to mention tons of stuff already read I'd re-read if I had the time (sigh)
I may have read Animal Farm more than three times, but I can't actually recall.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, a Pulitzer Prize winning classic
"We" by Evgeny Zamyatin, a brilliant little book.
Hitchhiker's Guide, two grillion times.
The Lord of the Rings I have read twice or three times.
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut, thrice or four times.
Oh yeah, Mother Night is tremendous!
Actually, I'm just in the midst of rereading some favorites...like:
The Time Machine
Catcher in the Rye
Red Shift (by Alan Garner)
The Member of the Wedding
I have read the first two chapters of Rook Endings by Levenfish and Smyslov about ten times. Every time I decide to study the rest of the book, I always end up studying the first two chapters again.
I went through Logical Chess a few times, until finally wringing out all there was to be had.
Think Like a GM. A good one for cheering one towards an ordered thought process, though not so practical in actually helping the player achieve that goal.
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach. Some great examples to follow in that one, and it's pretty simple to digest.
Of course some more text-driven chess books that as a chess history fan I have read many times.
Lord of the Rings a bunch of times but not in recent decades, if you except listening to all 48 hours of the audio book, which I finished a few months ago.
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