Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread


As always, hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.
(Covers link to Goodreads.)

Today's topic is Top Ten Books I would like to reread. Sigh - this is going to be hard to narrow down to ten!

1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. 
I used to reread these books every half year or so. I really need to get back into them!

2. The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.
I've only read these through once (and never got to #7!) and that was a good five years ago. Definitely deserving of a reread.

3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
This has been an even longer separation than with HP (though I have seen the LOTR movies twice over in the hiatus). Perhaps next summer can be the Summer of Classic Fantasy Rereads? *whispers* Who would join me?

4. The Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. 
My mother just got two copies of the edition with the fantastic illustrations by ____ - one copy for a present, and one for us to keep and cherish. :-) Now it beckons to me every time I sit down at my desk.

5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. 
I just need to revisit this genius again. PSA: Every person who has ever dreamed of going to Bookworld and meeting their favorite characters - read the Thursday Next books by Fforde. You will not regret it.
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)

6. Joan of Arc by Mark Twain.
This book. Who knew that Mark Twain wrote a book about a Saint - took fourteen years to write it - and considered it his magnum opus?

7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
I read this when I was thirteen. It was the most perfect book for a thirteen-year-old-Sophia.

8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Genius Child Wisdom.

9. The Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne.
More Genius Child Wisdom.

10. The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander.
Okay. IT'S OFFICIAL. Next summer is MOST DEFINITELY AND OFFICIALLY The Summer of Classic Fantasy Rereads

What are books you are looking forward to rereading? And will you join me in making Summer 2015 a great epic fantasy adventure? :-)


PS. There are so many more books on my reread list: The Book Thief, Code Name Verity, The Raven Cycle and a lot of other book I've read this past year. However, I felt books that I've neglected for a very long time (three years or more) deserved to be featured more prominently. SUCH CHALLENGING DECISIONS


  1. Great choices! I still have to read Joan of Arc (my son really liked Twain's version) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Little Prince. Right now, I am reading through The Chronicles of Narnia w/ my children. We are in the second to last book (The Magician's Nephew). (Yeah, we are reading them in a different order.)

    1. "A different" order? I say you are reading them in "The Correct" order. That's how I read them and that is how I believe that they must be read to fully appreciate the development of C.S. Lewis's writing. :-)

    2. Haha I'm glad I have support :D

  2. Amazing choices! I have a longer re-read list than what got posted and most all of these were on there! I haven't re-read the Chronicles of Prydain in awhile now... I re-read those all the time when I was a kid!
    By the way, I'm hosting a re-reading challenge for 2015 if you're interested. :)

    1. Oh I would love to join the challenge but I think 2015 might be a challenge-free year for me. I only entered two or three challenges this past year but it made me feel really constricted. Pre-blogging, I would literally just pick up any old book next, and I really like how that felt, and sort of miss it. So sorry, no challenges for me next year. :-(

  3. I started re-reading Narnia this year by reading one chapter a night so I could finish before the year was up. Unfortunately, I've gotten behind but I'm about halfway through the third book (chronological order makes it The Horse and His Boy)

    And I always tell myself I want to re-read Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit! But i never find the time (so many new books!) So if you do something like that next summer, I would totally join in! :)

    1. Oh but you must read the rest of the CofN! Silver Chair is a marvelous book (well, they all are), and introduces one of the most interesting characters of the whole series.

      YAY JOIN ME! It'll be an exciting summer :-) (And thus I will get you to finish the Narnia books...)

    2. I am continuing slowly through the seven books. I keep remembering so I'm almost through the Horse and His Boy! :)

      Granted, I started probably in August so I haven't wasted the entire year forgetting to read. :) I might be able to finish it out before the new year!

  4. Great list! So difficult to choose though - I can totally relate!! I actually went with 11 for mine.. Oops :P I really want to re-read things but it's so hard with studying and trying to read new books for review and ALL THE THINGS! But yes, re-reading should occur.

    Though, I am a little bemused by the fact you never finished the Harry Potter series! I am trying to control myself but seriously...? (Siriusly???) I think that needs to happen! (but no pressure obviously :P) They are such quick reads though, and so gripping!

    Anyway, I approve of your choices :)
    Dashing Good Books - Top Ten books I want to re-read

    1. So I was planning to read HP7 before school started - actually, I was planning to do a whole HP reread as a "summer before college" adventure, but then it never happened for some reason. So now I'm pushing it to next summer. IT WILL HAPPEN.

      Thank you for your approval. I like approval.

  5. Oh, yes to all of those (except I haven't read The Eyre Affair)! I absolutely adore The Five Children and It. I laughed so hard while reading this book. Definitely time for a re-read!

    1. I have a gorgeous copy with illustrations by the talented Paul Zelinsky, so I'm quite looking forward to that one!

  6. I seldom re-read just because there are so many new and different books waiting to be read, but there are quite a few on your list I have re-visited. I especially like that you included Winnie the Pooh. Fun list today. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

    1. I used to reread more before I expanded out of classics and into more contemporary stuff. Now, there's less time.

      Thanks! You too!

  7. The Harry Potter series is at the very top of my re-read list. I never finished the whole series either and I've kept putting it off and putting it off because I have such a short attention span and end up reading a thousand other things. I will get it done of of these days! Great list! :)

    1. Exactly! My mother told me I was reading HP too fast, so after #6, I read all the Jane Austen novels. Then I got distracted. :-)

      We shall read it eventually!


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