It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m finally back to it this week. The Broke and the Bookish, who host Top Ten Tuesday each week, have dedicated this week to books that we want to re-read.
I’m not a constant re-reader, but only because there are so many books out there that I feel guilty when re-reading something that I’m not studying. They each have so much to say, and there are more good books out there that I can get to in 10 lifetimes. But there are lots of books that, given the time, I’d like to re-read. Here are some that stick out:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This is actually the only Harry Potter book that I haven’t read at least twice. I developed a habit of re-reading the previous books right before a new one was released, but I haven’t gone all the way back through them since finishing the series.
2. The Road. It was one of the few books I’ve ever read that genuinely horrified me. The novel is deceptively simplistic–there were a few times when I had to put the it down and walk away for a day or two. I’d like to see how the scare holds up.
3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I read this a few years ago, and I was swept away by Kundera’s prose. It’s difficult, but it’s beautiful.
4. The Great Gatsby. Somehow, I made it to graduate school without ever having to read this one—until a big qualifying exam we took in our first second year. I was captivated; there are few books I’ve enjoyed reading more.
5. Dracula. I’ve only read this one once, as well, and in grad school. It was fantastic, though—still spooky all these years later. I always want to re-read it around Halloween, but I’ve been busy with required reading for the last few.
6. Smoke and Mirrors. This is a short story collection by Neil Gaiman, and it’s wonderful. He does short stories and poetry well, and the collection is well-curated.
7. Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children. The second of these books was recently released. I loved the first one, but I read it quite some time ago, and it has such a complex plot that I’d like to read it before diving into the second. (Also, I like to read things in order—see #1.)
8. The Hunger Games. I want to re-read the first one, but I’d also, ideally, re-read the whole series, so this is a three-fer. The books were so compelling, and I’d like to refresh myself on the plot of Mockingjay before seeing the film.
9. Meet the Austins. I’ve read a lot of Madeleine L’Engle’s work, but I hadn’t read the Austins series until comps, when I read this one and The Moon by Night. I’m now compelled to read the rest, as they’re so lovely, and I’ll read these two again when I do (sequencing!).
10. Lord of the Flies. I haven’t read this since 2004 or so, and I’ve had 10 years of studying children’s literature between the last reading and now. I’d like to find out how that changes things—and I’m sure it will.
There are, of course, so many others. I devote shelves that are double- and triple- stacked to my books, and I have a difficult time parting with them. Once you read a book—really read it—it’s like becoming intimate friends. It will tell you all of its secrets. And I can’t bear to give that away. So despite the little time I have to re-read, I love them. Well, most of them, anyway. 🙂