A perennial problem for all book worms and bibliophiles is what book to read next. Do we launch into a new world, or a brand new character’s head, or get lost in a familiar story that we could read over and over again? I am guilty of reading and re-reading my favourite books, I think we all are, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic let’s me enjoy the power of a good re-read.
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Quite simply, you list the top ten of the topic prompt.
1. The BFG Roald Dahl
This children’s classic was the first book in a pink, 3-in-1 volume. It was the first book that I really remember staying up late to read. I absolutely adored Sophie, her sense of adventure and wonderment, and loved the giants. There is always something magical about Sophie, The BFG and The Queen chilling out in Buckingham Palace that will draw me back in time and time again.
2. Matilda Roald Dahl
The film is good, don’t get me wrong, and I think many of us can remember the songs, and have spent a long time wishing we were Mara Wilson, but the book was something magical as a child. I willed objects across the room and detested Miss Trunchbull whole-heartedly. All bookworms love her, I think it’s hard not to!
3. George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl
Any science lover has probably thought, hmm what would happen if I mixed those two things together? Well George did that, he made ridiculous things and did unbelievable stuff. He is the rebel we never were, and I’ll never tire of reading about him.
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I love mysteries, I always have and I probably always will. I think Sherlock Holmes is one of my favourite literary characters, and most of my favourite short stories come in this collection. I read it first in school and quite often pick up a copy to read a single story. I’ve recently purchased the Stephen Fry Narrated collection, so I have an audiobook collection to add to my fancy editions that I bought myself as a graduation present.
5. The Host Stephanie Meyer
I absolutely adore this book. I love the premise, and the complexity that warring with an alien in your head brings to the characters. I can never believe that this is written by the author of The Twilight Saga, but it is, and it’s brilliant. I think this was the first book that I ever read that crossed the line, even vaguely, into science fiction, and it will always be a favourite.
6. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
I think this was the first dystopian book I ever read, and the first book will be something that I will enjoy reading and re-reading for years to come. There is something special about the arena and the Capitol in the first book that keeps me coming back for more. I have to say though, it’s only ever the first one, not the rest of the trilogy.
7. A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket
Nope, I refuse to narrow it down to just a single book because it’s my list and I like re-reading the whole series in order. I did this last year, and probably will again soon. There is a ridiculous enjoyment that is gained from getting to know the Baudelaire orphans all over again, and there is a reassurance in knowing that your life will never quite be as eventful or bad as theirs.
8. Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo
I say this, but, I have never re-read this book. I loved it when I read it 18months ish ago, and would have re-read it already this year if I didn’t have such a penalty on re-reads. That said, I think I am going to give in soon. This book blew me away and I 100% know that I will enjoy reading about the Dregs every time I pick it back up.
9. The Harry Potter Series J K Rowling (narrated by Stephen Fry)
I have really great memories as a child staying up late with my Sony walkman listening to Stephen Fry reading The Prisoner of Azkaban and can remember listening to the later books on a family trip, driving through South France. I love to listen to these books, they got me into audiobooks initially, and they opened my eyes to the different angles that different people have when they read a book. My local library has copies of the audio books to borrow, so I regularly check them out and listen to them around the house.
10. The Harry Potter Series J K Rowling
Yes, this is on here twice because I always have re-read these and always will. I have read the earlier books in excess of 75 times each, and the later close to 50 times. Nope no exaggeration, just adoration of the books, and a belief as a child that nothing would ever compare, so I may as well just re-read them over and over again rather than pick up something new. I re-read them now at least once a year, and now as the illustrated editions have been released, there is something new to actually enjoy about them as well. Not that I need anything more than the Wizarding World as it always has been.
I do enjoy re-reading books, but find that the books I re-read are usually ones from my childhood. Adult books, or ones aimed at older generations just don’t hold up a second time round like children’s novels, and if I am honest, there is something magical about getting lost in a world you first experienced as a younger version of yourself.
What books do you love to re-read?
Do you re-read any of these books too?