This week’s Top 5 Wednesday are books we want to re-read. I don’t often re-read books. Its not because I don’t enjoy re-reading books, but because there as so many books that I am dying to read that I don’t always feel I have to time to go back to something I’ve already finished. However, there are a few books or series that I love and want to revisit. So here are the top 5 books/series I want to re-read.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time back when I was in high school. But, because it was required reading I didn’t give it the time or the focus that such a beloved classic deserves. I don’t know about you, but when I have to read something I just don’t enjoy it as much (even if it is a wonderful book) as I would have if I had opted to read it on my own. So I definitely want to go back and read this with fresh eyes and a whole slew of new experiences under by belt. I am hoping a re-read will provide an even greater appreciation for this book.
Favorite Quote: “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
2. The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo.
I read both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom this year – and I absolutely loved them. This duology was my first foray into the Grisha World and Leigh’s writing as I have never read any of her short stories or any of the books in the Grisha Triology. I want to re-read them because I practically inhaled these books. I read them so quickly because I was dying to know what was happening that I am sure I missed some of the smaller details and nuances. Plus, I love the cast of characters, and I am always up for spending more time in Ketterdam with Kaz & Crew.
Favorite Quote: “No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck’.”
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite classic. I love Lizzie and her sisters and her sarcastic father and her marriage obsessed mother. I thoroughly enjoy the slow burn romance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy – and that first marriage proposal will make me swoon every time. There are some books that you re-read because reading them is like being home. Pride and Prejudice is that book for me.
Favorite Quote: “I cannot fix the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
4. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead.
I first read the Vampire Academy series a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It had all the things I like a book series: strong female friendships, female leads that don’t need to be saved by a man, and a swoon-worthy slow burn romance. At the time however, I did not continue in the Vampire Academy world by reading the Bloodlines spin-off. But, I would really like to. The side characters that take center stage in the Bloodlines series are some of my favorites from the Vampire Academy series. But, I definitely want to re-read the Vampire Academy books before continuing on. Plus – more Dimitri is always a good thing.
Favorite Quote: “Dreams, dreams. I walk them; I live them. I delude myself with the. It’s a wonder I can spot reality anymore.”
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
The Night Circus is one of my new favorite books of all time. And, it is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. It is not a fast-paced, plot-driven novel. There is a plot – a very interesting plot – but it moves slow and develops carefully and unravels very methodically. The world of the Night Circus and the characters take center stage. You really feel as though you are there – you learn what the Night Circus looks like, what it smells like, what the food tastes like. More than any other book I’ve read, I feel like I’m actually at the Circus when I read about it. It has an endlessly re-readable quality about it – and I love to revisit Celia, Marco, and the Circus every chance I get.
Favorite Quote: “You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
So what books do you most want to re-read? Are there books on your shelves that feel like home to you?