I was thinking about this this morning (as an annoying tweeting bird decided I’d slept too long). Books that I really loved or enjoyed the first time reading and how I always think I should read them again, but haven’t, for whatever reason. These are books to be reread due to love of story, not because I’m teaching it (that’s a different motivation altogether).
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (I even have the 50th edition!)
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (Read back in 2004, started my love and intrigue for vampires…I mean, would I even have watched Buffy without it? I can’t imagine a life without Buffy.)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (No need to explain, but as it was only one of two fiction novels I got to read during the entire year of AP Lang in 11th grade, so I wonder if I just liked it because it wasn’t nonfiction.)
- The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray (there’s a choice the author made in the last book that I didn’t understand and made me angry and I keep thinking that maybe if I reread the series all in one go, it’ll make more sense.)
- Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (and others)
- Bunnicula by James Howe (and the rest of the series)
- Julie by Catherine Marshall (I reread it way back in high school/college, but I loved it and I really want to know if I still do)
- Anything I read by Francine Rivers (Voice in the Wind trilogy, Redeeming Love, The Atonement Child, The Last Sin Eater) back in the day. In reading her newest, I wasn’t as impressed and I wonder if what I liked before has changed due how I am as a reader now, or perhaps the new book just wasn’t as good.
- Houseboat Mystery (Boxcar Children) by Gertrude Chandler (This, other than the original, is the one I remember the best and I cannot find it at my used bookstore. But I want it!)
There’s probably more to add, but these were the ones I’ve been thinking of lately, and wishing that I would just read them, but I have other stuff to read!
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