Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE: Top Ten Favorite Books to Reread

Top Ten TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is a freebie and it’s too much responsibility!

I decided to write about my “Top Ten Favorite Books to Reread.” Some books stand up well to rereading and revisiting at every stage of life, but others fall flat when you’re older and wiser.

… and, since I’m still pretty new to this book blogging game, I thought it would be a good “getting to know you” list.

  • More More MoreMore, More, More! Said the Baby, Vera B. Williams I haven’t read this book in years – maybe literally even a decade, at least – but it was my absolute favorite book when I was just a baby and toddler. I asked my mom to read it to me so many times that she eventually got sick of it and hid it on top of the fridge, forgotten until I grew tall enough to reach up there for the chips I wanted for an after school snack.
    I always loved books, no doubt thanks to my mother’s patience in reading this book to me over and over and over again, until I can still – twenty years later – recite some of it from memory. (I probably would have hidden it from me, too.) Maybe I didn’t just learn to love reading from my parents, but to love rereading, too.
  • The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry My fourth grade teacher read this one out loud to us, and I remember the dreamy feeling of knowing I had just experienced something important but not quite knowing what. I knew that I didn’t understand it, not really, and I understood that understanding would come in time and there was no need to rush it. I was basically Hermione when I was in school – know-it-all, frizzy hair and everything (see below, about Harry Potter) – so it really was incredible, knowing that I didn’t know and that knowing would come in time. Now it’s my honor to read this aloud to my fourth and fifth grade students and hope it touches one of them the way it touched me.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneThe Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien I finished reading Fellowship of the Ring in the theater, frantically turning the last few pages as the lights went down on the Saturday matinee. (Spoiler: Boromir dies at the beginning of The Two Towers. Imagine my surprise.) My dad took me to see it. I was so excited. It was hard – I fought harder to read The Lord of the Rings than I have ever struggled to read a book in my life – but it was so worth it. I return to this one periodically when I need a reminder of my dad, or of who I am – as a person, as a reader. Every time I reread it, I feel like I understand it differently; I used to identify most with Merry and Pippin, or Éowyn, but last time I read it, Boromir really… I finally got Boromir.
  • Harry Potter (series), J.K. Rowling I loved books before I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (USian), but I haven’t loved something so completely before or since. I doubt I ever will. Growing up with Harry was a thing, and nothing quite like it will ever happen again, I think. I dressed up for the book release parties of Book 4, Book 5 and Book 6. (I was in China when Book 7 was released.) Whenever I feel sad, or nostalgic, or homesick – or, let’s be honest, just whenever – I like to pick this up and reread it, revisit Hogwarts. Every time I read it, I identify more or less with other characters. I’ve always been very much like Hermione – she’s probably what made me adore the series so much – and as I’ve grown up, I’ve understood or identified with Tonks, and McGonagall and Remus.
    I read Sorcerer’s Stone thirty two times before I stopped counting (and I stopped counting in seventh grade/2002).
  • The Golden CompassHis Dark Materials (series), Philip Pullman The only books that mean more to me than Harry Potter are His Dark Materials. While Harry Potter was a lot more fun, His Dark Materials moved me, when I was a tween, in a way I didn’t really understand. I only knew for certain that I had experienced something monumental, something huge and life-changing, and I didn’t know why. I couldn’t even say what had happened; I still remember sitting in the library parking lot trying to explain to my dad. Every time I reread this, I understand it a little bit better, and I feel like Lyra (re)learning how to read her alethiometer.
    I never really identified with Lyra – never in my life have I been half as wild or wily as her – but I admired her, and I still do. I wanted her as my friend, even as I was a little frightened of her; now I want to protect her, and I want Mary Malone as my friend.
  • TSUBASA: RESERVoiR CHRoNiCLE, CLAMP I’ve only read this series front-to-back, first-to-last twice, because it’s long, and because my entire collection is, inconveniently, located on the other side of the planet. But I would be lying not to include it, because I would read and reread volumes over and over (… and over and over) waiting for the next release when it was in English-language serialization and I just love it soo much. I can acknowledge that the plot is … unstable, what with all of those plot holes, but gosh, I just love the characters and I swear, this silly manga series got me through college with at least a little sanity left over, even if it is completely ridiculous.
  • TSUBASAThe Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice Unlike the other books on this list, The Vampire Lestat has no particular deeper meaning to me. I don’t have, like, a deep attachment to it, or anything. It’s just fun. It’s some funny brain fluff and Lestat is a really great narrator. I’ve reread some of the other Vampire Chronicles books, but this one is my favorite, no doubt. Maybe it’s because I like Nicki? Or because Lestat is my favorite member of the Coven of the Articulate?
  • The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands (Dark Tower series), Stephen King I can’t honestly include the whole series here, because I usually skip The Gunslinger and lose interest again somewhere in Song of Susannah and I always skip the middle flashback bit of Wizard and Glass, but man, some of the scenes in The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands (and even Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla) are so cool. Like, I just know it will be soo satisfying to watch Eddie Dean destroy Blaine. I’ve already read that part a million times but I always cheer anyway, even though I know what’s going to happen.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Suess I’ve mentioned before that I reread this book every year around Christmastime. It’s true. My mom used to read it to me every Christmas Eve, and now I read it to my students during their last library visit before winter vacation. I love the rhyme and rhythm of the story, and I love the memory of my mother reading it to me, and I love that, once again, I have it nearly memorized. Most pages I can say without even looking, and the rest need only a glance before I’m off.
    I have to like the books I read aloud, as I usually read them between six and fourteen times a week, depending on my lesson plans, but this one is always my absolute favorite.

What about you? What are your favorite books to reread? What did you choose for your Top Ten Tuesday list this week?

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE: Top Ten Favorite Books to Reread

    • I almost put HUNGER GAMES on here because I’ve read it a few times, but it didn’t quiiiite make the cut because I haven’t read it quite as often as the others, and it’s a bit of a downer, obviously. Some of these I haven’t heard of before and I’ll have to check them out… and it’s a good reminder to reread NEVERENDING STORY one of these days.

  1. You have excellent taste! I love that Tsubasa is on your list because I also know it is flawed and I also loved it anyway.
    I need to revisit The Dark Tower, I think.

  2. YAY for Harry Potter! I am an absolute Harry Potter fanatic (or Potterhead, rather), and I’m glad to see another bookworm sharing my interest. I try to re-read the series every summer, so I’m definitely pursuing that again this year. How the Grinch Stole Christmas also stands as one of my favorites, and I always read that with my family around winter time. The Little Prince is a great read, too. Enjoy your re-reads:D

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

    • Hooray, Harry Potter fanatics! I used to read the series every year, but lately I haven’t. I should give it a go again. Will you be posting on your blog when you start your yearly reread? May I join you this summer? What house would you be in? (I’m a Ravenclaw, naturally.)

  3. Yay for Potter! I’ve actually stopped rereading them yearly when the 7th book came out. It hurt me so much that the idea of getting to it again frightened me. I’m not used to crying, you see, and Deathly Hallows always elicits a rather violent response from my tear ducts. But I did get to do it again a few years ago and again last year. It was so wonderful to revisit Hogwarts that just writing this is making me want to give it another try.

    Funnily enough, I’m rereading His Dark Materials at the moment. I only read it once, some eight years ago, and it’s funny to see how much I’ve forgotten and how deep the series is. I can’t recall if I really got the series when I read it as a teen, but I do remember having a reaction like yours. That something special had happened. It seems I wasn’t wrong at all!

    Finally (before this gets enormous, which it could happen as my geeky self is awakening as I type), I’m so sorry you were spoiled on Boromir! That must’ve been awful, especially considering how much nicer he is in the books than in the films.

    • I often only reread my favorites – Book 1 & Book 3, sometimes bothering with Book 2 in the middle – because I just plain ol’ don’t like Book 4 and I can’t deal with Book 5 & Book 7 without a large supply of tissues.

      I definitely know I didn’t “get” HIS DARK MATERIALS when I read it the first time. When I most recently reread the whole thing a few years ago, I was surprised by how much I had missed, or misunderstood.

      … and Boromir is a lot nicer in the books than the films, isn’t he? I never quite thought of it that way – more sympathetic, maybe, but not “nicer” exactly, but he really is so much kinder. Poor Boromir. His whole family really got the short end of the characterization stick in the adaptations.

      • For me it’s either read them all or read none. Otherwise, it feels like something important is missing.

        Yes! Perhaps it’s because it talks of a number of issues we might not have heard of or understood well when children? I’m not quite sure. It’s difficult to remember what one knew so many years ago.

        Oh yes very much so! I remember loving him in the books, and being upset about how he behaved in the films. Faramir too got a little twisted in the transfer to the screen. Maybe they just wanted to make their personalities more black and white to be “easier to follow”, which I disagree with but that’s cinema :/

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  5. I am guilty of not reading His Dark Materials yet and I am planning to read it this year. If time permits, I would love nothing more than to re-read Harry Potter and The LOTR, too.

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