Avid readers often have at least one or two books they've cracked open more than a couple of times. These stories are important because they offer a sense of connection for their readers and challenge them to think outside of their immediate experience. That said, just because one person can read The Secret Garden over and over doesn't mean the children's novel is valuable to everyone who lays eyes on it. And just because a title is ranked among the best books of all time doesn't mean everyone wants to reread it over and over.
Kurt Vonnegurt's Slaughterhouse-Five, George Orwell's 1984, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, and J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye are some of the best-selling books of all time, and rightfully so. They give readers the opportunity to think differently about a particular situation and often offer insights you won't catch on the first read. Still, classic books like these no longer connect with their audiences, so they're stories you likely don't need to read more than once. Keep in mind, however, that just because one person ranks The Giver as a classic book you never need to read again doesn't mean there isn't still some value to the dystopian depths of Jonas's colorful adventure.
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