Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
February 27: Books I Could Re-read Forever
Ahhh, the books we love to read and re-read! I just love that we are even talking about this! Having a TBR that is as large as what I imagine most book reviewer’s lists to look like, makes a re-read a big deal! Books can steal our hearts and stay with us our entire lives, even without re-reading, but there are a few that I will drop everything to read over and over again.
If we’re getting technical, there’s way more than 10 on this list. So, I’ll just count each series as one.
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld!
This seems like a cheat. There are over 40 books in his Discworld series but they are phenomenal. I re-read them every, single year. And every year I find something that I missed the first few reads. Each book, each character, each plot is special in their own ways. Terry Pratchett looked at the world in a way that flipped it on its head, and allows me to question what I always believed. I will continue to re-read this fantastic series, probably every year, because they make me laugh, cry, smile, shake my head, and over all, they just make me freaking happy!
Harry Potter! As much as I love Terry Pratchett, J.K. Rowling created a special place, not only in my heart but also my daughter’s. Sadly, I do not read these as often as I want to, but I do plan to re-read them soon. I also just got the illustrated edition! They are gorgeous and make the story pop even more!
Sci Fi is new in my life, generally speaking. I’ve only been a fan for about two years. I dipped my toe in and now I’m loving life. John Scalzi has made that extremely easy to do, but so have books like The Martian.
In this same category is Ready Player One. My favorite book of last year. I cannot wait for this movie to come out and I am specifically re-reading just so I remember all of it. There is a LOT to this book, and it is all amazing. Being an 80’s kid, I want to go back to all the movies and books in this and read/watch everything he mentions in here. He also mentions computers like the Commodore 64 (my first computer!), and movies that I loved. I think I’m going to be in love with this one for a while.
After the fantasy comes the reality of horror. I love horror. I can and have re-read many horror favorites. My go to favorite horror is Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon. I first read this when I was in my early teens, and it is one that has stuck with me. Very similar to Stephen King’s The Stand, but the main character is a young girl, which resonated more with me since I was young at the time. Although not as courageous as she is!
Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire as well as The Mayfair Witches is yet another two sets of books that I love. Again, these are books that I read when I was in my teens but they have stuck with me. Anne Rice’s writing, in some of her books has been a bit long winded, but these few are lovely.
The Cat Who is another series of fantastically funny books that bring the reader to this small town and introduce them to mysteries that stick with you! I started reading Nancy Drew very early and now I’m reading The Cat Who books. Much like Terry Pratchett, they just seem to put a smile on my face, even after someone has been murdered!
Sadly, I have yet to read the entire series because I can never find these! We’re slowly collecting and reading the ones that my local library has. These got me back into my love of mysteries! Especially cozy mysteries.
Clan of the Cave Bear
My favorite book of all time. It’s tough to read, as there are some things that the main character, Ayla, has to go through in order to grow, heck in some parts of the story, in order to survive. Ayla has been a constant in my life since I read this. This character has been a lifelong friend. Someone I can turn to when nobody else was around. It’s kind of like the WWJD, but for me WWAD? She’s strong, courageous, and smart. This wasn’t the first book that I ever read, but it’s the first that I remember falling in love with the story and the character.
Which books do you love re-reading?