In my quest to find new and interesting things to write about during NaBloPoMo – only four days in but still with it! – I found Top Ten Tuesdays, a book-focused blog event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I don’t think I’ll be participating every week, but a few upcoming topics struck me, and this week’s was one of them!
Top Ten Books I want to reread.
Tough! I love to reread books, but I find that if I do, I will never read any new books because I have so many that I’ll just keep going round in my old-comfortable-book circle. I try not to reread too much, as there are so many awesome books out there I haven’t read yet, but here are the top five – two are series’ so I don’t consider it cheating! – books I want to reread.
5. Where Rainbows End – Cecelia Ahern
I have to be honest and say I don’t particularly like Cecelia Ahern’s writing on a whole. This book was the exception. I read this years ago and fell in love with it, thought I’d found a new favourite author, only to discover to my disappointment that she followed it with a a bunch of books that were just…meh. But this book, this book has always been up there for me. It may be the unique format – the entire book is comprised of correspondence, from notes-in-class to emails and IM conversations. I love that, it’s a totally different way of telling a story.
To be honest I had no idea it was being turned into a film until a friend of mine sent me a link to the trailer, probably because it’s name is Love, Rosie instead and I didn’t register it. I’m so excited to go and see it next week. I’ve mentioned previously about book-to-film adaptations and changes, and while they irk me, I’m still always so excited to see a book I love depicted on-screen. Looking forward to seeing the film has really made me want to reread the book, although I’ll wait until after the film so I’m not too fresh on the nitpicky details!
4. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
My reasoning behind wanting to reread these is because I read them so long ago that I barely remember them at all. I remember reading them though, very clearly. I was fourteen and had just broken my leg so badly I needed a pin inserting to keep the bones in place and a cast that was wrecked within a week. My school didn’t like the health and safety of me going up the several flights of stairs on crutches to all my classes so I had to sit in the library all day, doing past exam papers in preparation for the end of the year.
When I’d tire of – or finish – working, I’d read. The school library was my little home-away-from-home for over six weeks and I settled into a corner that became mine, found a book and whiled away my hours. I can’t remember what it was I was reading – but it was way below my reading level and probably the first thing I’d lain my hands on – but I do remember my English teacher walking past, spotting me and my kiddie’s book and scoffing. She disappeared and returned with a book she handed to me, saying “This one will keep you occupied.”
It was Northern Lights, and it did. I spent the remainder of my library incarceration reading His Dark Materials and loved them so much that I’m disappointed that I hardly even recall the plots now.
3. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
Does anyone else find this series really hard to get through? As a self-proclaimed avid reader of books, I feel a bit of shame admitting that I’m struggling through a series so many people love. I’ve actually already read A Game of Thrones but on starting A Clash of Kings I’m finding that I hardly took in the first book at all. I really think I need to go back and try again with A Game of Thrones and pay attention so I can move on with this series!
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
This book has to be in my top-five all-time favourite books. I just love it so much, it’s a surprisingly real ‘extraordinary’ love story with characters that are both realistically flawed. One day I’ll have to write a post trying to concisely explain just why I love this book, because like Henry to Clare, I keep coming back to it.
1. The entire Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Because it will forever have my heart. Harry Potter is my warm blanket and cup of tea when the world just doesn’t feel quite right. Enough said, I think.
What books would you like to reread? Any of my choices? Or are any of them on your to-read list for the very first time?