Lately, I’ve been wanting to do more and more rereading, something I’m still not sure how to balance with all the new releases on my TBR – but there are so many good books I want to reread! Especially after going back through my GoodReads listing. So since this week is a freebie Top Ten topic on Broke and the Bookish, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the top ten books I’d like to reread.
What books do you want to reread?
The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
I fell in love with Dumas in high school when I first read The Three Musketeers, and he’s still remained one of my favorite authors. His writing is rich, full of elaborate descriptions, history, action, and beloved characters you’ll want to visit time and time again. I know I do!
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I devoured this book on a road trip. It’s completely engrossing and my kind of writing, a little too verbose and full of description, backstory and crazy happenstances. I really want to reread this one soon, and slow down my pace this time so I can pick-up on any details I missed.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Again, one of my favorite novels from high school – there’s definitely a trend to this list! Berendt is drawing from real life experiences and real people he met while living and working in Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite cities). His writing is clever while his friends will have you dying in laughter and on your toes as the murder trial proceeds. It’s not one to miss!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
More favorites from high school! I read these when I was too young to fully appreciate the characters and their struggles. At least with Jane Eyre, I could somewhat relate to young Jane, but I still have a feeling I’ll have a completely new reading experience now as a young adult. These are two badass women and I’d love to revisit their stories.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This was by far my favorite required reading in school, and I really don’t even remember much of it. I remember falling for the characters instantly and relating to them as they struggled to find their place in life – definitely a much needed reread.
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Tom Robbins is one of my all-time favorite authors – he’s a little weird, a mix of kooky, out-there plot lines that draw from different character perspectives to meet in the middle of one large philosophical tale. Jitterbug Perfume may be my favorite book (ok, top five), and it definitely calls for a reread – I first read the book on the way to Geology Field Camp, a time when I was about to graduate from college and felt a little lost. I can honestly say that this book found me at exactly the RIGHT time in life, and I will always love it for that.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
I love this story, it’s been one of my favorites from childhood, and just has happy memories attached to it. A mix of literature and science, you can’t go wrong with Jules Verne!
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies was my first book break-up in 2016. I barely made it into the first part – the characters were completely unrelatable for me, obsessed with death and just total downers, dwelling on all the terrible things that had happened to them over the years – things that felt completely forced in my opinion. But, this book has received a lot of praise, so I feel obligate to try again. What did you think of Fates and Furies?