I'm not generally a re-reader. Sure, I've read a few things over and over again - the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower - but mostly I try to make time for things I haven't yet experienced. There's so much out there!
Recently I've had an unusual desire to reread some books. I think it might be because I know they're good and somehow that seems more appealing than reading something that might or might not be good. Certainty can be comforting. In some cases it's been so long that I barely remember the books, but only remember how much I liked them.
When I began this post, I worried that I wouldn't be able to come up with 10, but once I got thinking I came up with so many that I had to whittle it down.
Here are the top 10 books (in no particular order) that I want to read again and the reasons why:
1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: I loved it and that's basically all that I remember.
2. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty: I want to re-experience my love for Marcus Flutie.
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt: I've read all her books now and this one was still the best, and it's been a very long time since I read it.
4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Because it's still the best Dickens.
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: Not long ago I read a nonfiction book about the summer that inspired the novel, and also I haven't read it since high school.
6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: I didn't like it, but I should. I'm willing to try again.
7. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: I didn't read the second one and then when the third came out I couldn't remember the first. I want to start with this one and read the whole trilogy.
8. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian: I read it when it first came out and I've never stopped thinking about it.
9. Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban: I haven't stopped thinking about this one either. That voice just pops into my head when I least expect it.
10. The World According to Garp by John Irving: It was one of his first books I read, and I loved it. As much as I always love reading his writing, nothing has quite measured up to these early novels.
Whether or not I actually read these again remains to be seen, but they are the ones I keep thinking about.
Do you re-read? What's on your list?