Reading

The Year of the Re-Read

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I’m not a fan of re-reading books. My stack of books that I have not read  is overwhelming. How am I going to finish if I spend time going back over the books that I’ve already read? I won’t. But the sadder reality is that I am never going to finish the stack anyway.

Some of the books on this list I read but did not fully appreciate – or even partially appreciate. My literary maturity was too young to grapple with the complexities of thought and writing. Some of the books are on the list because I remember reading them and liking them a lot. Some of the books are on the list because I want to pull out more from them. There are a lot of reasons, really. So, wherever my reading takes me this year, I’m at least attempting to re-read ten books. 

Here’s my list for the year, in no particular order:

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Letters to my Daughter by Maya Angelou

Home by Marilynne Robinson

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Wrong Side of Paris by Honore de Balzac

The Color of Water by James Baldwin

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

What books would you include or do you include in your regular re-read efforts? Has your opinion of a book changed as a result of reading it a second or third time? How so?

6 thoughts on “The Year of the Re-Read

  1. I hope you enjoy the experience! I tend to re-read books largely because I want to revisit whatever emotion they gave me the first time (I’m a comfort-seeking reader). I also like to see how I react to books as an adult that I read for the first time as a child. It’s interesting.

    • I’m starting to do that now with my girls and have enjoyed re-discovering them. I don’t know that I’ve actually ever read Heidi, and I feel like that’s one that everyone has read. Probably should add that to my TBR pile too!

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