Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. I’m really excited about this week’s topic because I am a huge advocate of rereading. I think finding a book with a story that really resonates with you is one of the most rewarding things about reading, and good books are something that I wish to revisit over and over again, especially series that make me feel invested in the characters. Although the amount of rereading I do has lessened since starting my blog (mainly because I’m much better equipped to try out new great books rather than sticking to the same ones) I still try and balance rereading with my newer reads. Many of these books I’ve reread several times, because they’re tried-and-true favorites. Nothing feels better than approaching your bookshelf filled with books you know you love and having your pick of hundreds of different stories you know you enjoy.
1) The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling- This will always be at the top of my to read list, as it’s my favorite series of all time (which you’ll know if you follow my blog; I am unabashedly proud of my love for all things Harry Potter). I try and do a reread of the whole series at least every other year. When I was younger I used to have a notebook where I’d tally how many times I’d read each book, though I eventually lost count. I know I’ve read the first book upward of 10-12 times, and I’ve read Deathly Hallows all the way through three times.
2) Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech– This was one of the most formative novels I read as a child, and one of my favorite middle grade novels. There’s something so profound and sad about Sal’s journey, and every time I read it I take away something new from it.
3) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin- My favorite middle grade novel of all time, it’s practically the game Clue come to life and it’s witticisms and mystery enthrall me every time. It’s such a cleverly crafted book.
4) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy) by Maggie Stiefvater- I love The Raven Boys but it was several years ago that I first discovered Stiefvater’s beautiful knack for storytelling in this series. I would love to revisit it, despite I remember it being heartbreaking at many points.
5) The It Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar- I really liked this Gossip Girl spinoff series, but it became so long that I was unable to keep up with it, despite the fact that I own all of the books (at least, I think I do). One of my goals in the soon-ish future is to start from the beginning and read them all the way through.
6) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult- I used to be obsessed with Jodi Picoult, discovering her in high school and reading almost every book she had out; I couldn’t get enough of how emotionally intense and well-researched her books were. Nineteen Minutes was one of my first and favorite reads by her, and I’d love to revisit it, as well as get caught up on all of her recent books in the past few years that I haven’t read yet.
7) The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Diaz- My favorite novel that I read in college, this book was the most offensive, brilliant, funny, sad, and brutally honest book I think I’ve ever read.
8) Size 12 is Not Fat (The Heather Wells Mystery series) by Meg Cabot- I love Cabot’s YA and adult series, but I really loved Heather Wells and how Cabot combined her trademark voice and pop-culture based humor into a mystery series with a protagonist you just can’t help cheer for.
9) A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy) by Libba Bray- Another unfinished series, this book was so beautifully written and masterfully woven that I want to revisit it and finish the gothic Victorian series ASAP (especially so I can get around to reading The Diviners as well!)
10) Obsidian (Lux series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout- So I just finished this series over the summer, but I love love loved the first few books (especially watching Daemon and Katy’s relationship grow) and it’s one of my favorite swoon-worthy romances, so I know how much fun it will be to reread when I get around to it!
Do you think rereading is important? Do you make time to revisit old favorites? Let me know in the comments, and link back to your TTT and I’ll come stop by and check it out!