Today’s theme is Top Ten Books I Want To Re-Read, and I LOVE IT. Pre-blogging, I was a huge re-reader. I would often finish a book only to return to it a month or two later. Other books were an annual affair, where they would get dragged off the shelf every single year without fail because they felt like home at particular points in my life. So, some of those books are included in this list as well as a few I’ve only read once but wouldn’t mind reading again and again and again.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Like I said on Twitter one day, you are wasting your reading life if you haven’t read The Book Thief yet. It is brilliant and heart shattering. I’m audio-ing The Book Thief currently, as a version of re-reading it and I feel like it’s taking on a whole new meaning. The Book Thief is the sort of book I’d be happy to read over and over again, if only for the words Zusak paints with.
2. Anne Of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
I tell you, cherry cordial and Matthew Cuthbert and slates and the Lake of Shining Waters and Gilbert Blythe, and I feel like I can prop my feet up, because I’ve come home.
3. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Here’s the thing, when I read a book, usually I forget a bit of it in a few months. I know, that’s the tragedy of devouring books. This is not so with Revolution. I can’t get bits of it out of my head and I would love to re-read it, maybe on audio.
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Beautiful language. Excellent themes. I want to savor it my second go around.
5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane THE BOSS Austen
Kids, this is a no brainer. I will say, I did read this for the first time in high school before I had adult experiences and I think now I’ll have additional insight into Pride And Prejudice.
6. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
This is my favorite series of all time. No, really. It is. Roland, I feel you. I just love these books. The end.
7. Daughter of The Forest by Juliet Marillier
Mayhap you saw my Interrobang YA video where I prattled drunkenly about how awesome this trilogy is. I’d love to drop back in on Sorcha because she is a baller.
8. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
So the first time I read this, it was because a student teacher said she didn’t like it because of all the sex, which um was the basis of it’s appeal. Now, I want to read it again because I’m partial to kick ass female characters and I miss the days when I’d get pretty much every MZB book with a great cover out of the library.
9. The Power Of One by Bryce Courtenay
I’ve read this book at least six times. And I love it even more after each reading. It’s a book where if I see it in a book sale, I snap it up to pass out to my local friends and I have two copies right now with two different covers. Love it.
10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The only book I’ve read more times than The Power Of One is The Phantom Tollbooth. I love the shit out of Milo and Rhyme and Reason and even the shitty doldrums. I love this book. Hard. And so does my boyfriend. That pretty much raises the awesome factor of The Phantom Tollbooth to infinity.