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Amazing (re-)reads

January 11, 2012

In the world of book lovers, there are two distinctive types of readers. There are the read-it-once kind of readers, who having read a book once, move on, following the adage “so many books, so little time”. A new reading experience takes precedence over re-reading any book, after all, you already know the ending!

Then there are the re-readers. These are the readers in agreement with the esteemed Oscar Wilde who was quoted as saying “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all”. These readers re-read their favourite books for a variety of reasons. It may be that these books transcend time, resonating with the reader, sometimes providing a different perspective of the story when it is re-read at a different stage of life. Much loved characters have often become much loved friends and the experience of re- reading a particular book evokes feelings of warmth, familiarity and even comfort. The quality of prose may hold the appeal, or the fact that re reading a book captures details missed or not quite understood the first time around.

Obviously not all books make the grade as a re-read. There are particular books though, with the power to entice people to want to re -read them over and over again. These books would surely be considered amazing reads.

The list of books below is probably familiar, and may even include some books you have already read. Why don’t you try re-reading one or more of them, or maybe even read them for the first time, and discover why they have been deemed as not only amazing reads, but worthy of being re-read.

Great expectations by Charles Dickens

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

The great Gatsby  by F.Scott Fitzgerald

The Lord of the flies by William Golding

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

Little women by Louisa May Alcott

1984 by George Orwell

The catcher in the rye by J.D Salinger

Lord of the rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Treasure island by Robert Louis Stevens

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Belgariad by David Eddings

The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2012 10:39 am

    Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky is a book I’m definitely going to re-read this year; so beautifully written.

    And as a member of the NSW Dickens Society each year we have a book of the year; for 2012 it is David Copperfield, reputed to be the most biographical novel Dickens wrote. Could I take this opportunity to invite anyone so inclined to join the NSW Dickens Society to celebrate Dickens Bicentennial celebrations at Centennial Park on Tuesday 7 February – see http://dickenssydney.com/category/dickens-birthday/ for details.

  2. Belinda Kerr permalink
    February 13, 2012 4:32 pm

    When reading Lord of the Rings I missed getting off at the correct station twice in the one trip! I can highly recommend it as a Great Read. To Kill a Mocking Bird is a very powerful and moving book also.

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