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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen. I feel like this is the next Austen Re-Read I need to embark on.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. One of the most magical books I ever read. I want to jump back in to the magic.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!