I found this week’s prompt to be somewhat difficult. I could think of at least thirty books I want to re-read for a variety of reasons. I stood in front of my bookshelves, started pulling books and see which books called out to me the loudest. These ten books were the one I came up with. I must admit that if didn’t have to think too much about it, all of Melina Marchetta’s books would’ve made this list. Instead, I picked a couple of books that I haven’t re-read in the past.
Anyway, in a perfect world – a world where my TBR pile consists of only two books – these are the books I want to re-read.
In no particular order:
1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. In true Jandy Nelson fashion, she crafted a story about the importance of one’s sibling’s past with the other’s present. If they ever have any hopes of a future free of heartaches and grief, they have to come to terms with their transgressions and misgivings of the past. Jandy Nelson is a brilliant writer who is so adept in writing the most heartfelt, realistic stories of love and family. I want to re-read it because her writing is an experience it itself.
2. Lover Awakened [BDB, #3] by JR Ward. This is my favourite amongst the BDB novels. I have a thing for the broken anti-hero who thinks he’s unworthy of anything beautiful in the world. And what’s more beautiful than the love a woman who saw past his scars and torments? I love this couple. I want to re-read it because I feel like this book exemplifies exactly why I love this series so much.
3. Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This is a recent read. I was not able to give this book its due, because it was simply impossible. I just want to experience the brilliance that was this book all over again. It was truly a thrilling, mesmerizing read. One that I’d hope you will give a chance some time down the road. The multi-media used, though something that’s been done before, is an added bonus.
4. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Speaking of perfectly flawed characters, Tom McKee is one that incites that protective animal instinct. You know, where you want to gather him up in your arms and just…hold him. I want to re-read this because I could barely express why I loved every page of this book when I read it.
5. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. I re-read my measly review for this book, and I mentioned how it was the sole reason why I will never stop. It’s the discovery of something so wonderful that it changes you after you turn the last page, very few books can do that to you.
6. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva. This was such a beautiful book. And that’s really all the reason I need to inspire a re-read.
7. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. This is another recent read; I drafted a rambling review that will be posted tomorrow. To be honest, I had to choose between this book and Me Before You – which was written by the same author. That book killed me too. But this one…ah. Just beautiful, and so engrossing. I just want to re-read it again.
8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. What’s not to love about this book? Don Tillman epitomizes what the world needs: honesty and transparency. Imagine how many conflict we can avoid if we don’t tip toe around each other? I want to re-read this because I feel like I could use his views on the world at the moment. I feel like I’ve made a lifetime career out of pleasing people. He’s inspiring.
9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. How does one achieve immortality in the age of technology? The answer may be obvious, but the process by which the book arrive to the conclusion may surprise you. This book was an unsolvable Rubik’s cube that drove me crazy until the last page.
10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz. If there’s a coming of age book that should be a required reading amongst the book loving blogosphere, this is it. Do yourself a favour and read it. In fact, read it with me.