Hello Friends and welcome.
Today we are diving back into my reading life. I wanted to share with you ten books that I could continue to read over and over again without becoming bored. There are more than ten books that I will happily read multiple times, but I thought a top ten list (which may actually contain 16 books) would be fun. It’s amazing to find a book that enchants and delights you continuously and through numerous readings. As much as I love reading new books, I really enjoy getting to revisit books that I loved in the past.
Here are ten books I could read over and over again:
Number One: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I’m already cheating with the “top ten books” classification by including an entire series in this list. But is that any surprise? I adore this series and the world that Rowling created. I am always amazed at the level of detail that she used when planning the series and the number of small things that show in the first books that pay off in big ways in the latter books. The world is enchanting and magical. There is a reason that these books are beloved by so many readers. For me, it’s impossible to pick a favorite for the series.
Number Two: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
I actually reread this one again earlier this month since this year I am rereading the Lord of the Rings series. The Hobbit is a charming adventure story that works as a perfect gateway to Tolkien’s amazing world of Middle Earth and the story of The Lord of the Rings. It provides an introduction to Tolkien’s world, storytelling, and mythology without the sometimes intimidating detail and complexity of the Lord of the Rings novels. It’s an enjoyable, entertaining story containing adventure, a map to treasure, treasure, a secret entrance that requires solving a riddle to gain entry, a spooky forest, foolishness and greed, a huge battle, and also something about a secret, powerful ring that can make its wearer invisible. This book was written prior to Tolkien’s ambitious Lord of the Rings and while there are many references to the classic lore of Middle Earth, this is a Young Adult book that is easy to read, and read aloud. I hope that one day I get to read this book to my children at bedtime.
Number Three: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I randomly bought this book at Target one summer afternoon back in 2016. I had heard that Moriarty’s books were highly recommended and I choose this one because the cover was colorful and the plot sounded interesting. This book quickly became one of my favorites. In the book Moriarty crafts a story with a complex plot weaving together four story lines that leave you guessing until the very end. I could not put this book down until I had finished it and I was left wanting more of the story.
Number Four: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ever time I reread this novel I love it more and more. The witty banter, the romance, the high society…I adore it so much. Austen’s characters are believably human in their concerns, vanities, failings and quirks. The plot serves largely to showcase their interaction and thus, her observations of human nature, which are pointed, accurate, and hysterical. Austen’s technical skill as a writer also shows in the novel’s tight plotting and economical casting; there are no superfluous characters or wasted chapters. Pride and Prejudice is a relatively smooth and lively read. We learn about events and characters as much from what they say to each other as from what Austen narrates to us.
Number Five: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is probably one of my most favorite books, right up with Pride and Prejudice. I love getting to revisit Anne’s world of Prince Edward Island and the goings-on of Avonlea. I empathize with Anne because I also have a very active imagination, though perhaps not quite as active as she does. The story has always been extremely pleasant and enchanting. Gilbert Blythe was my first literary crush, and the years have not made him any less attractive.
Number Six: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
This is without a doubt my favorite Dan Brown book. In fact, it is the only one that I have ever reread, though I have plans to revisit the others in the future. Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush. My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and I could not put the book down. I was completely engrossed in the story. I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some readers might find the twists predictable and possibly unbelievable, I found myself completely absorbed. I appreciate the facts throughout the story that were presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc. and I love the feeling of being on the inside of solving a puzzle while racing against time.
Number Seven: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
This book deals with some very tough topics, which make this one a hard one to read for me. However, Rivers’ novel is well-written and the story is enhanced by the tough parts. This book came highly recommended by several of the girls on my dorm during college. It is heart-wrenching. The novel is religious fiction, based on the bible story of Hosea and Gomer and it deals with some very heartbreaking and horrible things (though not in explicit terms). There is so much heartbreak in the situations the characters have to deal with, but there is also such a beautiful romance and an amazing story of redemption, unconditional love, faith, and hope.
Number Eight: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The first part of the epic fantasy The Lord of Rings introduces us to an amazing cast of characters. The series helped bring the fantasy genre into mainstream literature conversation. The story is rich. The world is detailed. Tolkien spent a lot of time developing the mythology and languages of Middle Earth and that time shows in his writing. He provided a rich world for readers to enter. His epic tale is a slow burn, but it’s so worth it. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, I highly recommend reading the series at least once.
Number Nine: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is such an adorably cute YA novel and a great first installment in the series. It’s definitely a quick read but it’s so adorable. Jenny Han created several characters that I absolutely adore. While this is a love story, there is a huge focus on the relationships between the characters and their families. I really enjoy this book and was so glad that when I read it the first sequel had already been published so I wasn’t left waiting. One warning: the ending is very abrupt so you might want to have the sequels with you when you finish so that you can continue on in the story.
Number Ten: The Firm by John Grisham
This was the very first Grisham novel I read, and it has remained my favorite so far out of his numerous well-crafted stories. This is another of the “can’t put it down” books that I enjoy so much. The story line is gripping; you won’t want to stop until you’ve reached the end. The characters are developed well, in part because Grisham succeeds in writing great, down-to-earth dialogue that forms his characters into real people. The plot is crafted by an author who is clearly a master storyteller. And every time I revisit this book I find myself drawn back in again.
What books do you love so much that you find yourself rereading over and over again? Let me know!