So this week I talked about, in my latest installment of Before & After, how I used to be an avid rereader and how now that I’m a blogger I really don’t do it anymore. I LOVED all your comments and different habits, I have to say, and some of you cheered me on after I mentioned that I should have added made this one of my bookish resolutions for the year but that I will try to reread 5 books for the rest of this year.
I decided that I needed to be intentional about it and write it out — for accountability and for myself. After all, I’ve completed my resolution of starting a book club and sort of completed my resolution of culling my books (I still have a little bit more culling to do). So, I’ve done some thinking and here are the 5 books I plan on rereading this year:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I LOVED this book and I’ve been waiting not so patiently for Isla and the Happily Ever After so I figured it would be fun to reread this one because I adored it — despite my adversity to it at first because of the cover.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac: This was my favorite novel through high school and college but I haven’t reread it since then. I think I need to reread it to see if it still has a place on the favorites shelf.
If I Stay/Where She Went: Ok, so technically this will be SIX books because I’m counting this as one for the sake of my list but I’m really craving some Gayle Forman after reading Just One Day. I actually want to reread Just One Day, even though I just read it in November, but I just want to read it over and over again because I loved it so much.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: This was my favorite book as a child and I mentioned in my post about re-reading that I read it probably 10-15 times. I haven’t read it in a LONG time and I never knew it was part of a series so perhaps I will pick those up now.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This was my favorite book in high school and watching it come to life on the big screen was quite incredible. I finally got around to watching it recently and it was definitively THE BEST BOOK TO MOVE ADAPTATION I HAVE EVER SEEN. I wept, I laughed and remembered why this book was so important to me and still IS so important to me even as an adult. Bonus points for the fact that Will, who has very different movie tastes than I, enjoyed it along with me. I cannot wait to reread this one!
I will say that I’m nervous to reread because what if I don’t LOVE it the way I used to? I mean, I think that’s ok to have a favorite in a different stage of life but I want to remember it as such rather than reading it now and thinking it doesn’t measure up to what I thought it was. I am hoping this doesn’t happen to me. Typically though I find I label FAVORITES as books that really had a profound impact on me and I think they will still speak to me. Some of my favorites are purely based on how FUN they were to read and how much I loved them but most resonated with me in some way.
What books have you re-read this year? Do you PLAN on rereading any this year? Have you read any of the books on my reread list? Have you ever reread a book