I can count on both hands the amount of re-reads I’ve done. (The Secret Garden, Harry Potter series, A Great and Terrible Beauty and A Game of Thrones are the only ones that come to mind.) This is mostly because in my mind there are so many new books I have yet to read that I’d rather spend my little bit of free time on, but there is something massively appealing to diving into a tried and true favorite. But there is also something extremely nerve-racking about picking up a favorite, especially from your childhood. What if all the wonderful memories you have are replaced by a less than positive memory? What if your memories of it don’t fit with how you see the book today? What if you hate it? These are the thoughts that keep me from re-reading, but sometimes it’s fun to take that leap of faith and re-experience a favorite all over again, even if it is with a different mindset.
Reading this book is one of my earliest memories of reading. Reminiscent of my love of The Clan of the Cave Bear, I remember loving the independence of the heroine and her perseverance to survive.
I listened to this recently but it’s one of my all-time favorite audios. I keep it downloaded on my phone to listen when I’m in need of a good laugh.
I went through a thrillers and true crime phase as a teen. My mom liked to call them my ‘sicko books’. I picked this one up on a whim and it was an unforgettable experience and I have no doubt I’ll love this one just as much the second go-around.
1984 was one of the few assigned school reads I recall enjoying immensely. I’ve read many, many dystopian novels since then and the genre is a definite favorite of mine, but would really love to re-visit this classic.
I read this (and subsequent installments) the summer after I graduated high school, so it’s been quite a while. I devoured these books and have fond memories of hiding in the bathroom at my horrible summer job at a gold mine just to sneak more chapters.
I recently recommended this book to Bonnie and that reminded me of two things: I thoroughly enjoy Patterson thrillers and it has been a long while since I had the pleasure of reading it. Time to remedy the latter.
It’s been a decade since I last read Wuthering Heights, which is crazy talk! Heathcliff and Catherine are one of my all-time favorite literary couples, even when they make me want to scream or cry, or both simultaneously.
Ok, this is kind of a cop out. I reread this book every year since it’s my absolute favorite – we’re talking deserted island and I can only bring one single thing, this is what I take. Even after so many times experiencing this story, I always look forward and take something new away from it.
My copy is a treasured gift from my big sister. One line has become my mantra, “Let me say it again: You must not come lightly to the blank page.” Thank you sister for sharing such a special book and message with me.