Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’d Like to Re-Read

I don’t normally participate in Top Ten Tuesdays as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. But I’ve been thinking about re-reading recently and when the topic this week was Top Ten Books You’d Like to Re-read…kismet right?

Also, who doesn’t love a good bookish list?

Let’s get to it. The books I’d like to re-read, even though I don’t re-read books that aren’t Austen or Bronte in nature.

  1. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. Not just the one book, I’d like to re-read all of them. It’s been too long since Anne Shirley has been a part of my life. There also seems to be a lot of new versions released recently so it’s as good a chance as any to replace the books that I seem to have lost along the way.
  2. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. As the mini-series gets closer to release, I find that more people are reading it and talking about it. When I read it, most people still didn’t want to read it because they didn’t want to be disappointed when her non-Harry Potter work didn’t live up to their expectations. But now people are finally coming around and I want to refresh my discussion points.
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen. I feel like this is the next Austen Re-Read I need to embark on.
  4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The first time I read this I was distracted a lot of the time by the size of the book. I think a re-read would allow me to connect with the book on a different level. And any time you can spend with Jean Valjean, the best-intentioned character there ever was, is time well spent.
  5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. This book was incredible on every level. I distinctly remember finishing it late at night in bed, in tears. It took me a few days to shake the ending of that and I still think of it now. I want to go back and experience that again.
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. One of the most magical books I ever read. I want to jump back in to the magic.
  7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I’d need to buy a new copy to do it but this book had a big impact on me, understanding why I had been so professionally unfulfilled to that point.
  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. One of those profound tales of a family at a certain point in history. One of the best.
  9. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell. The complete story of the lives of six sisters who lived BIG lives deftly handled by the incredibly talented Lovell. I took this out from the library and have regretted not owning a copy ever since. Same goes for Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III by Flora Fraser actually.
  10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett O’Hara. I read it when I was 16 the first time. I think the time has come to revisit.

There we have it: ten candidates for a re-read. Like my TBR list isn’t long enough already!

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’d Like to Re-Read

  1. Hmm, your re-read list looks a lot like my haven’t-read-yet-and-need-to-list. See: The Casual Vacancy, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Persuasion. I’ve also never read Gone with the Wind or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – that is kind of shameful, I know.

  2. I love the idea of re-reading the Anne of Green Gables books. I just rearranged my books and saw that series. I’m glad that I have the set if I decide to read it again!

  3. Oh dear, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”… I loved this book. It was unexpected and really moving. And SO Parisian (and it’s a ex-parisian who is saying this) Do you know there is a movie based on the book? It’s quite good!
    I’ve never been able to read “Les Misérables” all the way through. I tried twice. Always gave up. I prefer Zola and Balzac in that period.
    I also read “Gone with the Wind” around the same age as you and always think I should re-read it. I loved it! Loved “Outliers” too, and pretty much every single novel by Jane Austen.
    Wow. Looks like I have similar taste as you do. I’m going to try “the Night Circus” then. I didn’t read it. Didn’t read “Casual Vacancy” either but… I read so many bad reviews about it :S

    • I think that was probably one of the charming things about The Elegance of the Hedgehog – you got a real sense of the city from it. It was a wonderful read.
      I gave up on Little Women so many times and finally I made it through and it’s one of my favourites now. Maybe that will happen for you one day with Les Miserables?
      I hope you do read The Night Circus and that you love it like I did!
      And you really should give The Casual Vacancy a try. It’s really very good.

  4. I confess: I loved Persuasion more than Pride & Prejudice. It was more relatable to me and my husband’s story. It’s the only one I have read from your list but Elegance, Tree and Night Curcus are all on my TBR.

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