Do you re-read books?
I used to do a lot of re-reading (*cough cough* Harry Potter) but I don’t re-read very many books anymore. Maybe the allure of new books has trumped my nostalgia appetite, or maybe I just… haven’t been in the re-reading mood for a while, but I do think there is value in re-reading books and I want to start doing it more.
Without further ado, here are 5 childhood books I want to re-read this year!
5 Childhood Books I Want to Re-Read
1) The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I first read it: I read The Hobbit when I was seven and LOTR when I was eight/nine, and I barely remember anything about either of them. I remember having a bet with my cousin about who could finish reading it first and showing off to my friends at school how thick my copy was.
Why I want to re-read it: I think I would be able to appreciate these books a lot more with the more extensive ~life experience~ I now have.
2) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I first read it: I don’t remember, but I think it was when I was nine or ten. I might have re-read it after that, but I can’t remember. Wait, do I own the book? Who even knows. I feel like I remember buying it but my memory doesn’t stretch back five years…
Why I want to re-read it: I remember absolutely loving this book and I’m curious to see what I’d think of it now. Plus, it’s an iconic book that I want to remember the entire plot of. I also remember trying to read the rest of the series and being too bored to, so I want to try again to read the series but I’ll obviously have to start with the first book
3) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I first read it: according to Goodreads, December 16th, 2018. It was for a freshman English class.
Why I want to re-read it: I gave this book two stars on my Goodreads account, but I’ve always wondered whether that rating had been tainted by the fact that I read this book during a difficult time at school. After all, on the surface, it seems like a book I’d love: dystopian, about protecting literature, blah blah blah etc. etc. And it’s one of the Dystopian Trio– you know, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World and 1984. I read 1984 last year and it’s one of my favorite books of all time. In short, I want to re-read this because I don’t remember why I didn’t like it.
4) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I first read it: 2015? 2016? It was after I got my Kindle, I think…. or was it? I don’t know. It was either upper elementary school or early middle school. I may have already read this book multiple times, but I can’t remember. (Oh the abyss of lost information before I got my Goodreads account)
Why I want to re-read it: Because I loved this book and I want to finish the entire series! I only ever read the first two.
5) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
I first read it: my dad used to read Narnia with me when I was in kindergarten… now that is a throwback.
Why I want to re-read it: Again– nostalgia. Nostalgia is powerful, what can I say? Also, I never actually read the last book of the series for some reason, and the idea that I have read all but one of the books in a series bothers me. And I want to revisit my favorite installments– Voyage of the Dawn Treader was definitely the best! (and the movie too)
Those are all of the prospective re-reads I’m going to feature today! Have you read any of these books? Do you like to re-read books? Why or why not? What books do you want to re-read?
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