Books Worth Reading Again… and again

I love January book lists.  I lover reading about the books devoured the year before and the plans to continue in the new year.  I love finding new books to add to my own lists and I love the chance to geek-out a little and tell person after person “You must read this!”

So, instead of sharing my list of books of 2012 or list for 2013 I want to geek out a little.

I can reread a good book like other folks re-watch movies or re-play songs.  To me a good book is something you come back to over and over again.  I might put a book aside for years to pick it up again and read cover to cover again years later or I might pick up one book often, re-living my favorite moments.

So this is my list of “Book Worth Reading Again… and again”

  • The Lord of Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – I started with these books when I was in elementary school.  My parents used to read LOTR as a bedtime story.  Every time I pick these up I’m at a different point in my life and something new catches my eye.  I’m looking forward to experiencing them next as a fellow member of Tolkien religious beliefs.
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen – My favorite of all Austen novels.  It’s her most mature love story in my humble opinion and I always want to cheer for Frederick and Anne at the end.  Twilight eat your heart out.
  • The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry – An eye opening look at the world around us – his take on local economies and the nature of man and women are just dazzling.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeliene L’Engle – This book inspired so much in my childhood and I’ve returned to it many times in my life for many different reason.  If you’ve never read the final book in this the Wrinkle series, An Acceptable Time, it is a must read if for no other reason that to read some of my favorite quotes.
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – A delightful read that real makes you question your philosophy.  I have a theory that if you read LOTR and The Screwtape Letters alongside each they will sync up like Darkside of the Moon and the Wizard of Oz.  I’m kidding… only a little.
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – An amazing collection of excellent storytelling that can grow with you from childhood through adulthood.  I look forward to the day I share these with my children.

These are just a few of the books I could re and reread, but I want to hear from you.  What are your favorite books to reread? 

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13 thoughts on “Books Worth Reading Again… and again

  1. Oh wow! I can go back and watch a movie…in my younger years OVER AND OVER.
    I can't say that I go back and re-read anything; except the BIBLE and non-fiction INFORMATIVE books.
    Like Dave R. TOTAL MONEY MAKE OVER…or THE Tightwad Gazette(s) …
    I never thought much about it. But, I'm not a re-reader.
    …but I'm not going to read anything into that, it's just how I am. 🙂 Pat


  2. Thanks for geeking out! I've put The Art of the Commonplace on my must read list for this year as per your suggestion.

    I've re-read the Harry Potter series more times than I'd care to admit–and by re-read I mean of course listen to Jim Dale read them to me! There is just something about those audio books that is so comforting, once I start I have to listen to them all 🙂


  3. We're big Jim Dale fans around here and I totally count audiobooks as a re-read;)

    Commonplace is one of those works I like to pick up to remind myself to get back in line with living out some of my ideals about life – in fact I'll probably be picking it up again in the next couple of months!


  4. I love all these books! I LOVE Screwtape. But I've never Wendell Berry's, so I am now putting on my t-read list. I've heard SO many good things about him!!

    I tend not to re-read books, just because I'm usually overwhelmed by the number of books I still want to read for the first time. But if I had to re-read a book, I would probably choose one from this list, too!


  5. I love Calvin and Hobbes, I loved them growing up and I still love them.
    Jane Austen is on my to-read list for this year, optimistically I have all her books down but realistically I will settle for three if I want to read some other classics as well as new books and everything that seems to catch my interest every time I open amazon or walk into a bookstore or hear about this great new book a friend read or a favourite author is bringing out (Christopher West has a new one on my list)


  6. If you can access it I highly recommend listening to some of Elizabeth Klett recordings of Jane Austen works via Librivox (a free audiobook site). She's an excellent reader!


  7. we're all doing very well, besides passing around various viruses this winter. at least one person has been sick in my house since Christmas, i think. my blog has died…the last time i tried to post, google told me i was out of space and i decided i didn't have the energy to reinvent it. sigh. maybe some day i will pick it up again, but right now i am finding plenty of other things to do. 🙂 i do miss writing and sharing there.


  8. I love Persuasion! It's my favorite of Austen's as well! Much more romantic than Pride and Prejudice. My absolute favorite book series is the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. Each book has two story lines and a different heroine and hero but they're all connected. I have reread the second one The Masque of the Black Tulip several times and I have gotten two friends into the series as well. I've also read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone several times. I think it's my favorite of the series because it's the one that introduces you to the amazing world.


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