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Re-reading a favorite book is like catching up with a good friend you haven’t seen in a long time. I love being able to go back and catch details that I might have missed, or see how my thoughts about the characters or situations has changed. Here are the ten books that I want to re-read.
1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – This is always at the top of my re-read list. I love this book with a passion that a lot of people find just the teeniest bit odd. I love it so much that right after I finish a re-read, I sometimes flip right back to the beginning and start again.
2. Thursday Next series (Jasper Fforde) – Another series I could read over and over (and over) again. My favorite so far is Lost in a Good Book, although it’s tough to pick a favorite.
5. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) – I read it when it first came out, without realizing how big an impact it seems to have had on so many readers. I need to pick it back up.
6. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg) – Another one that I read over and over again (and I’ve seen the movie a million times). It’s such a great story, and I love Flagg’s writing style.
7. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) – I read this for a high school English class and loved it. So many great characters, great lines, plot twists, and intricacies. No one does it like Dumas.
8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) – Read it in high school after seeing the most recent film adaptation. Just the right amount of silly and clever — my favorite combination.
9. Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed (Patricia Cornwell) – Although she’s best known for her Kay Scarpetta novels, my first encounter with Cornwell was reading her non-fiction work, Portrait of a Killer. Everyone has their favorite candidate for who the vicious killer actually was, and in this book, Cornwell posits that it was Walter Sickert, a maybe-more-than-slightly-crazy artist whose paintings were eerily similar to the Ripper’s crime scenes. Interesting reading (don’t try reading it at night, though, especially if you’re alone).
Books I should give another try
My friends might not believe me, but I actually don’t enjoy everything I read. It’s easy for me to re-read books that I liked, but it’s a different story when I start thinking about books that I didn’t like, but really should give another shot (for various reasons).
10. Eragon (Christopher Paolini) – I read Eragon and Eldest, but could never really enjoy the series that much. Now that (supposedly) the final book is coming out, I should consider giving it another shot — after all, I love fantasy stories, especially ones that involve dragons.
11. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) – Why is this the first book that people always have to read for high school English? It’s enough to put anyone off reading forever! But it’s a classic, and should be given a fair shake. The minute I get too annoyed, however, I’m chucking the damn thing.
Your turn. What’s on your re-read list?
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