Books That Feel Like Coming Home: Top 10 Books I Want To Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fabulous collab blog The Broke and Bookish and masterminded by the wonderful Jamie.

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

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, Book Cover, Dominoes, Prinz

The Book Thief

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

Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery, Book Cover

Anne Of Green Gables

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

Revolution Jennifer Donnelly Book Cover


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

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini, Book Cover

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Beautiful language. Excellent themes. I want to savor it my second go around.

5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane THE BOSS Austen

Pride And Prejudice, Book Cover, Jane Austen

Pride And Prejudice

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

The Gunslinger, Stephen King, Roland Deschain, Book Cover

The Gunslinger

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

Daughter Of The Forest, Juliet Marillier, Book Cover

Daughter Of The Forest

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

The Mists Of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Book cover

The Mists Of Avalon

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

The Power Of One, Boxing Gloves, Tree, Bryce Courtenay, Book Cover

The Power Of One

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 Phantom Tollbooth, Book Cover, Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth

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.

So, friends, read any of these books? If not, what are a few books you’d love to re-read?

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Nice selection. I love Anne of Green Gables. One of my favorites. I have a Thousand Splendid Suns on my list too. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Anne of Green Gables brings me back to my childhood 🙂 that’s always a classic to revisit!

  3. I’m with you on Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice, and I just added The Book Thief to my wishlist. Your list is diverse!

  4. I just read P&P for the first time this summer. As soon as I finished it I wanted to re-read it. The Book Thief was another book I wanted to re-read immediately after finishing.
    I have been thinking about re-reading all of MZB’s avalon books for a while now.

    You have a great list here, lady!

  5. Revolution is perpetually on my TBR list and I just always find a reason to read something else! Sad but true. I actually own it now, so I plan on reading it soon. Good to know you loved it.

  6. You have some great books listed! 😀 Thanks to gentle pushing (ha!) from Book Rat Misty, I’m reading Daughter of the Forest right now! 🙂 Also- a girl that I work with is listening to Revolution on audio right now (LOVED that book) and she says the narrator is great. 🙂

  7. reading rendezvous reviewz says

    number one and six sounds good enough to repeat.

  8. I feel so behind, I’ve only read one of those: “The Phantom Tollbooth.”

  9. I loved Revolution. I read it as a library book, and I need to buy my own copy so I can re-read it. I’ve owned The Book Thief for over a year now, I really need to read it!

  10. Yes to 2, 3 and 5.

    I really should get myself a copy of a Juliet Marillier book. Angie gave a beautiful review for Daughters of the Forest a few days ago, and Chachic also loves it, and well, this third mention from you should be a sign for me to acquire this.

    Oh and The Book Thief! I started that a few months ago but I had to stop. I can’t remember why, but I will pick it up again. 🙂

  11. I swear I will read The Book Thief someday…

  12. Pride and Prejudice is one of mine too! I really need to check out Stephen Kings the Dark Tower series. I’ve heard such good thing…but I kind of want to read all of his works in order…sooooo….

    check out my TTT!

  13. Great list! I actually teach a unit on The Phantom Tollbooth when I teach 6th grade- it’s so much fun! I also included P&P on my list and Anne of Green Gables. I also agree that Mists of Avalon and Book Thief are awesome!

  14. I re-read The Book Thief and P&P this year and they were even better the second time around. The Phantom Tollboot remains one of my top books of all time.

  15. I’m in the process of reading The Book Thief. It’s been put on hold for a little bit to finish a few others books. But, I can’t wait to finish it! 🙂

  16. I used to be a big re reader too, especially when I was in high school. I would like to re read Pride and Prejudice.

  17. Love that Daughter of the Forest made it to both our lists… I rarely hear anyone else talk about it! And wow that’s a pretty strong statement about The Book Thief lol! I’ve had it on my TBR forever. I guess I should get to it one of these days. I’m so going to link back to you’re quote here when I write my review. 😉

  18. I love that you included The Dark Tower series. I want to reread that one again. So amazing!
    Oh, and Anne of Green Gables :]

  19. I just read Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables for the first time this year! Both were wonderful and I’d re-read them in a heartbeat. I don’t know why I waited so long!

  20. Great list! I didn’t even think of The Mists of Avalon! I have been wanting to reread it for a while.

  21. So many of these are dead on for me too. I think I’m going to reread The Book Thief this month for the FYA book club. I’ve been wanting to get back to Revolution and A Thousand Splendid Suns because they both hit me so hard emotionally – now that I’ve gotten over the shock of both of them I’d like to read them again and see what I can get out of them. And that Daughter of the Forest book looks good. To the TBR it goes.

  22. Mists of Avalon is on my tbr FO SHO.

    also, The Gunslinger changed my life, man.

  23. I never finished Revolution because I had to return it to the library. However, I did like the bit that I read, so I should probably give it another shot.

    Come visit my list at The Scarlet Letter.

  24. Great list! Love The Mists of Avalon!

    And now you made me want to discover Daughter of the Forest, so thanks for the discovery.

  25. I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice on a lot of these lists! It’s on mine, despite the fact that I’ve read it so many times I can practically recite it.

    The Book Thief has been featured a lot too. I’ve read it twice now, and I liked it but I don’t think we ‘clicked’ as thoroughly as it did with a lot of other bloggers. I mean, I liked it – I just didn’t love it.

  26. Okay, 1) you should definitely listen to the audio of Revolution. It is spectacular. and 2) my husband has the Dark Tower series on his TBR shelf. I will tell him to move it on up.

  27. YIKES, I’ve only read 3 of those. My mental TBR list is staggering…sigh.

  28. I really really really want to read The Phantom Tollbooth! I’ve heard such wonderful things about it from one of my IRL reading pals!