"A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader"
- Vladamir Nabokov, "Good Readers and Good Writers"
The Broke and the Bookish, here is a place to start: Top Ten Books I Want to Reread.
10.Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
I read this for the first time freshman year of high school and was enamored. I remember falling for Kingsolver's characters and wanting to read everything else she had written.
9.Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
This is the book I best remember being read to me when I was a child. I thought the story was magic and I hated waiting for the next installment.
8.Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
I read this in my eighth grade honors English class, and I remember it being the first assigned reading that I really liked.
7.J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I don't really remember reading Salinger for the first time. I think I was in high school, but I was at least a junior or a senior. I was underwhelmed, but I really want to read it again so I can remember why.
6.Bram Stoker, Dracula
I read this for the first time in a Gothic Fiction class when I lived in London. I intended to reread it for my M.A. exam, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile and only received a cursory skimming. Consequently, I had a question on Dracula in the exam and bombed it (not the exam, but the question).
5.Roald Dahl, The Witches
I don't have any really distinct memories of reading this book as a kid, but I do of watching the movie, which I still love. As I was putting together my October, spooky reading list, I was really wishing I had a copy of this to add to the pile.
4.James Joyce, Ulysses
Ulysses is a book that I have read just enough of to make me feel like it would be a reread if I picked it up again. This is one of the most exhausting books imaginable; however, I would really like to be able to say that I have legitimately read it.
3.William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
I read this a few years ago after reading Neuromancer and not liking it that much, but someone recommended this as a Gibson that I would like. I don't really remember anything about it except that I loved it.
2.Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
I haven't read this classic of American Literature since it was required reading in sixth grade. Something tells me that I didn't give it the attention it deserved back then.
1. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
This is number one, because it is the book I am most vexed by. I am pretty sure I've read the whole thing, but not entirely sure. I've picked it up and read most of it twice. The only way I'm going to know for sure if I read the whole thing is if I read it again.
Are you a rereader? Which books do you like to read over and over again?