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?