I’m a huge fan of rereading. HUGE. There are some books that I will read and reread many times in a row (I call these multi-reads), and there are some books that I will revisit every few years. There’s a pleasure in reading a book the first time, not knowing anything about it, and then reading it through a second time with all the information up front! Not to mention the pleasure of revisiting characters you really loved.
I don’t believe in rereading everything. Not every book is worth revisiting for me. There are some, however, that beg to have more than a once-over. Today’s topic is really about books you want to reread, but at the moment, I don’t really have any rereads on my list. (I’m sure, come December, I will, since I usually spend that month with rereads.) So instead of telling you what I want to reread, I’m going to list my top ten rereads – those books I’ve revisited many times in the past, and will certainly revisit again in the future. In no particular order:
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Another first-in-2001, and I’ve revisited this one so many times: in print, in audio, in graphic novel form. Remains a favorite reread.
3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – First read in late 2006, and read half a dozen times since then. This one is perfect for revisiting any time I want a fast, atmospheric book.
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – First read in 1999, this is one I’ve revisited every 4-5 years. It’s just as powerful every single time. And the audio version is amazing.
6. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones – Another newish reread that I seem to already be listening to every single year.
7. the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – These were multi-reads originally, reread on repeat for about nine months in 2005/2006 when they were the only books I had unpacked. I’ve revisited them every single year since then, until this one…huh.
8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Didn’t even necessarily like/understand this one when I first read it in college, but something about it gripped me, and I’ve read it another 3-4 times since. This one has some of my favorite quotes in it.
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – This is one of those books I’ve revisited in as many forms as possible: print, illustrated print, graphic novel, audiobook, various movies… Each time, it gets better.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’ve read this every fall since my first read in 2011 (until I missed it this year, boo!) and I’m sure I’ll continue revisiting the circus every year for quite some time.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.