15 Books I Want to Read Again

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Does anyone else have this problem where you want to re-read a book, but you feel like you shouldn’t because your TBR (to-be-read) pile is so high and growing every day?  Yeah, me too.    So many books have been floating around in my head saying “read me, read me” but I’ve been doing my best to ignore them.  However, I have recently decided that life is short and I shouldn’t NOT read something again because of a growing list of other books.  Here is a list of 15 Books I Want to Read Again!

 

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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    I read this back when I was in San Antonio.  I remember it being pretty popular because Morgenstern wrote it during NaNoWriMo.  My friend and I read it at the same time and we both fell in love with the circus.  Morgenstern really was able to bring it to life so vividly and I felt like I was actually there!  Honestly, I don’t remember any of the plot or anything else that happened except for the circus…

  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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    Coraline is my favorite book.  No lie.  I plan on getting two Coraline tattoos one day and I actually have a tattoo artist in mind that would be perfect for what I’m wanting.  I’m going to get the Other Mother’s hand on one thigh and a vintage looking key on the other thigh.  Originally, I was wanting to get them on my feet, but I decided it would be too small and I read it fades quickly there. Back to the book, Coraline was given to me by my Aunt Donna and I actually have a first edition!  I know other friends have read it after they were adults and it didn’t impact them as much.  I guess I just read it at the right time, when I needed it most.  Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, however, I haven’t read everything by him yet.  I’m such a bad fan!  But Coraline is a book that I have already re-read, and re-read often.

  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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    Okay, I’ve read Hitchhiker’s twice, but this is really a book that you need to read multiple times.  There is so much packed into one book and you really need to read it multiple times just to catch all the little details.  This particular book has been swimming in the forefront of my brain for a couple weeks now.  I’m sure I’ll be picking it up again soon.

  4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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    I didn’t realize this was a book for the longest time!  I was about 23 by the time I read it even though I had watched the movie as a kid.  Admittedly, I wasn’t in love with the movie like most others my age.  However, now that I’m older I appreciate it more and it’s something I would like to share with my students if I can manage to find Korean subtitles!  One thing I remember enjoying about this book were the footnotes.  Hopefully, I’ll find time in 2019 to sit and read it!

  5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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    This is another book that I didn’t realize was a book.  When I was younger I was in love with The Phantom Tollbooth movie.  I would rent it from the library all the time and I’m sure my mom got tired of it after a while.  As I got older there were so many vocabulary words that I already knew because of the movie.  Specifically, I remember being a freshman in high school and one of our vocabulary words was “doldrums” which means “a state or period of inactivity or stagnation” (from dictionary.com).  I was so excited because the doldrums portion of the movie was one of my favorite parts!  I absolutely loved the book as well and really want to read it again to really fall into that world.

  6. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

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    I read this book when I was in elementary school and I remember being in total shock and awe.  I mostly read books like The Magic Attic Club and the books about The American Girl Dolls, so this was new territory for me.  It was something that could happen (though not likely) and it blew my mind.  After this, I started to branch out more and discovered that I really enjoyed thrillers, crime, and science fiction.

  7. The King, the Mice and the Cheese by Nancy Gurney

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    This was my favorite children’s book when I was younger.  My mom read it so much that we had to tape it back together because the cover and other pages were falling out.  I have so many memories of that book and if I ever have kids I’m going to buy that for them.  Actually, I may as well buy it now and read it to my dogs.  They actually love when I read to them 🙂

  8. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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    Come on, who doesn’t like this book?  I actually had my students read one of his poems, but I don’t think they really appreciated it.  Fortunately, I didn’t really care and just enjoyed it on my own.  This and A Light in the Attic are such good books!  One of the teachers at my school is trying to read children’s books in English to help her study.  Her teacher sent her a list of books to try and read and this was on there!  I highly recommended this to her and I hope she gets the chance to read it.

  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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    I feel like such a bad Potter fan.  My dogs are named Remus and Tonks, and I’m over here forgetting major plot points!  I’ve read the first 3 books multiple times, but I haven’t managed to read any of the thicker ones again.  I really need to get on the ball before I lose my credibility with the fandom.

  10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

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    I remember this book really well considering it’s been 10 years since I last read it.  I recommended it to many friends and everyone that read it loved it.  Heaven, hell, and all that isn’t something I believe in.  When you die, your body decomposes and that’s all.  Back to being dirt.  But after I read Elsewhere I thought it would be nice if this is how it actually happened.  Speaking of death and things… The Good Place on Netflix is one of the best shows out there.  Also, there is a book called Stiff by Mary Roach talking about cadavers and different things you can do with your body after you die and it’s also amazing!  I’ve got 3 different options for my family members to choose from when I die.  They can pool together and pick one 🙂

  11. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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    After watching the first season on HBO, I read the book.  It was fantastic and I wanted to read the others, but that’s about the time when I kind of stopped reading altogether.  Now, I want to get back into the series, but I need to read the first book again since there is so much I’ve already forgotten.

  12. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

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    Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time.  I’m actually having my students watch it right now and they are thoroughly enjoying it!  I read the book about 2 or 3 years ago and fell in love with this world all over again.  I’m sure it helps that I love dinosaurs in general.

  13. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

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    I’ve read this book twice already and I don’t know why, but I keep wanting to torture myself.  I can’t manage to read past this first book in the series, but I keep reading this one.  It’s like a darker version of A Series of Unfortunate Events and I just can’t take reading how these kids suffer anymore.  However, you can bet your butt I’ll read this book again and again.  There is just something about it that keeps dragging me back.  I haven’t seen any of the movie adaptations and I don’t plan to.  I’ve heard they aren’t good and I can’t imagine any movie being made that will fully capture what the book is able to give readers.  Seriously, one of the best books I’ve ever read even if the content is haunting.

  14. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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    This was one of the books I found after reading The Face on the Milk Carton.  I was again in total shock and I remember telling my mom about this book in detail because I was so fascinated by the idea of living in an experiment, essentially.  My mom told me that if I like this, I would also like The Truman Show.  Also, I’m going to say it like many before me have… M. Night Shyamalan totally ripped off this book when he wrote The Village.  I watched The Village at my grandparent’s house and afterwards went into a lengthy, angry rant about how his movie was a total rip of one of my favorite childhood books!  I’m sure no one in my family cared and just tuned me out, but I couldn’t let the injustice go!  I’m still bitter about it actually.

  15. A BOOK THAT I CAN’T SEEM TO FIND

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    The Book

    There is a book that I read when I was younger.  I rented it from the local library and it was about polio.  The main character was a girl, but she wasn’t the one who got polio.  I think her neighborhood friend got polio and her mom was very adamant about her staying away from him.  That’s about all I remember from the book.

    When I read the back cover I didn’t know what polio was and asked my mom about it.  She took the book from my hand and read the back cover as well and made sure I got it from the kids/YA section before she let me rent it.  After we got home we sat and had a discussion about it and it’s role in America.  I still remember how the book made me feel and I really really want to read it again!

    Two Possibilities

    So far I haven’t been able to find the book, but I have found two books that could be a maybe.  Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston and Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter.  I’m going to read these two, possibly next year and try to see if either of them are the book I’ve been searching for!

 

So many of these books were such an important part of my life growing up and it’s kind of awesome to see them all in a list together!  I am a little nervous about reading some of the books I read when I was in elementary or middle school.  What if I read them again and I realize how silly or stupid they are?  It would break my heart.  However, it’s possible my heart would win out in the end and I would still appreciate the book for what it originally gave me.  Even if I didn’t enjoy it now.

Let me know which books you want to re-read or which ones you already have!