I am a huge fan of the re-read. It’s like seeing an old friend and discovering that you still have a ton in common and are an even better fit than you were before. I always discover something new or something I had forgotten when I read a book or series again. Here are some of my favorite to visit over and over again.
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – If you haven’t checked this one out – go read it now before the movie comes out. I hope that Spielberg doesn’t screw it up but even if the movie is wonderful, it will not compare to the book at all. I think I’ve read this about 4 times now and plan to read it again in the near future.
2. Quiet by Susan Cain – I am an introvert. I can be social but I do not gain energy from it. As a teacher, I spend a lot of time with extroverts and this book is a great reminder of how powerful and important introverts are in every walk of life and position. Definitely worth a re-visit occasionally.
3. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss – This book cracks me up and is a nice refresher on basic grammar rules.. It always makes me feel a lot better when I notice major grammar issues in the world (not to mention my classroom).
4. The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind – This is a LONG commitment to go back through but sometimes you need an epic sprawling fantasy that is literally 10s of thousands of pages long. This is a favorite escape for me.
5. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer – Okay, before you judge me too harshly, this series was a great escape when I was dealing with a lot of very difficult things. There were very few things that completely let me escape my life and run into another world but this series was helpful for me. This series also was the eventual start of my writing fiction. I started with fanfiction and have branched out from there, working on my own original pieces after having half a million readers with my fanfiction, I figure that there might really be something there. I’ve read this series at least a dozen times and plan to pick them up again – maybe over spring break.
6. The Anne series by L.M. Montgomery – I was a kid who never fit in – anywhere. I was too smart for my age, loved to read and write, and had a very active imagination. Anne was in some ways very much like me and I understood her. I was that awkward overly serious kid whose imagination loved to run wild. So occasionally I read Anne again, even as an adult. Additionally, my grandmother gave me my first and second set of these books. She started working on hardback copies for me before she died because I had worn out two sets of paperback copies in just a few years. She gave me Anne at just the right time. I think she knew how much I needed her.
7. The Ender Universe by Orson Scott Card – There are a few smaller series in this large group of books that explore children being used as space soldiers in a way you might not expect. They attempted to make a movie from the first book and failed epically. This book just had too broad a scope for a 2-hour telling. These kids are amazing and have such personality – if you haven’t read or reread these yet – I would encourage you to get them off a shelf or buy them and read these as soon as you can!
8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – This epic story about how a person’s situation in life can change at the turn of a dime or because of one seemingly insignificant event is a genius work of literature. Not much more to say than that. If you are going to give this or the next two books a try, I strongly suggest the unabridged versions. You miss so much when you read the shorter versions.
9. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – This classic story of revenge is worth many repeat visits. Like I said in the previous book – you should read the full version – you miss so much of the rich backstory of some of the characters if you don’t read the whole thing. It’s long but very rewarding.
10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I debated if I should list this one or Anna Karenina. Both are amazing but I chose this one for two reasons. It was the first book by Tolstoy I read and while Anna is wonderful, I feel like it just doesn’t quite have the scope of War and Peace. I will say that this is by far the most difficult read on the list. With a cast of around 300 characters, it is very easy to get lost.
What would be on your reread list? What do you think is not worthy of being read at all on my list? Let me know in the comments!