I bet many of you can identify with this sentiment: I want to reread books, I intend to reread books, but I very rarely do. There are SO MANY BOOKS after all, and my list grows daily. Sometimes things don’t hold up with age, especially childhood favorites (I’m looking at you, Nancy Drew!) but when they do, it’s as warm and comforting as coffee and cookies with your oldest friend. I had a fierce love as a bookish, bespectacled child for Lois Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik series, and after reading some of them again in the past few years, I can say that they’re as smart, funny, and sweet as they were when I was nine years old!
So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, I’m listing my top ten Most-Wanted Rereads. My number one pick on the list is one I’m fairly certain I’ll read in the next couple of months, during my TBR Challenge. It’s one of my all-time favorites, but the urge to reread it was sparked by the very sad recent passing of one of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman. His sensitive portrayal of Colonel Brandon ranks up there with my all-time favorite bookish roles.
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. My second favorite Austen novel. My favorite literary film adaptation. I’m well overdue for a reread of this one.
- The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken. I read this one probably 15 years ago, and I remember being charmed by its quirkiness and its poignant storyline.
- Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. My first Kingsolver, it set me on a life-long path of love for the author. I was in high school when I first read it and would like to read it as an adult.
- An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser. One of my favorite travel-memoirs, which is a genre I genuinely adore. Fraser is so relatable and is such a skilled travel writer. She goes to Italy to reclaim her life after he husband leaves her, and she meets a man from Paris, and embarks on an unexpected and liberating affair.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I was fourteen when I read this last. That was another lifetime. I want to see how it holds up.
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I’m waiting for my son to get a older (8? 9?) before we delve into this. I hope he loves it as much as I do.
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Atwood is THE QUEEN, and this is one I remember loving, but remember absolutely nothing else about.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Pure comfort reading.
- John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead. Another one I read about 15 years ago, it’s super smart and interesting, and I remember being very impressed by it.
- Middlemarch by George Eliot. Because it’s so good, and I read it last in college and want to reread it without a student’s perspective.
Lots of these are things I read at a much younger age, and want to see again with the eyes of an almost-forty-something. What’s something you’ve been itching to reread? Or perhaps you reread something particular every year? I’d love to hear your thoughts.