Oriana Schwindt
January 27, 2009 AT 05:00 PM EST

This weekend was an historical one (for me), PopWatchers: I finished re-reading The Lord of the Rings for the 10th year in a row. And to all the haters about to hit the “Comment” button: I’ve heard it all before. “Why re-read that boring garbage? Why not read other books?” Worry not. I do read other books. But LotR is special. Not only is it a reminder of otherwise blissfully boring summer breaks (though I switched to Fall/Winter when I got to college), but it’s also just…fun. I find something new every time I read it — especially since I’ve added Tolkien’s early history of Middle Earth, The Silmarillion, to my ritual — and diving back into that world always feels like a miniature homecoming. And, hey, Christopher Lee has done it every year since, like, the 1950s.

So with the accomplishment of this feat, my thoughts – -as they so often do — turn to you, dear readers. I’ve heard of annual Star Wars viewings and the amazing Rocky Horror Picture Show re-enactments. And now that the seventh Harry Potter has been out for a year and a half, I bet some of you are starting your own annual Potterganzas. So, what books do you go back and re-read every year? Or maybe it’s a movie trilogy that gets you fired up during these winter months? Whatever it is, tell us in the comments!

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