Tuesday, August 16, 2011

5 Best Re-Reads

The 5 Best Books meme is hosted by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston.
This week:  The 5 Best Re-Reads

  If it wasn't for the fact that my to-read shelves are literally overflowing with books I haven't even read once, I would do a lot more re-reading.  I have several books that I would love to read again.  Maybe I need to add one of these into the rotation now and again.

  Anyways, these  5 books are ones I have read more than once.  In almost all of these cases I read the book first on my own, then a second time when one of my book groups selected it.

  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Loved. This. Book.  Can't wait to read it again, and to see the movie.
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  Such a delightful book.  It simply warms my heart to read this.
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  I have to admit when I first read this novel several years ago I wasn't that impressed.  However when I re-read it for my book group's discussion (where we also saw the movie), I was blown away by its language and its story. 
  4. The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson.  I still can't say if the murder has been properly solved after reading this twice in two months.  The mystery in this book is so well-written.
  5. Agatha Christie mysteries, specifically The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express.  I devoured Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels as a teenager, but was never able to figure out "whodunit".  That said, perhaps I enjoyed the re-reads because I knew the outcome; I certainly was better able to pick up on all the clues hidden in the narrative.  And her writing is a lot wittier than I remember.


  1. Agatha Christie seems to be a popular author to re-read. I will definitely be re-reading The Reservoir a bit later down the road. The other three I have not read, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Thanks for joining us!

  2. The Lovely Bones is an amazing book. I'm glad you liked it better the second time around. It's funny how time and even mood can change how we feel about a book.

  3. Great choices there! I would also like to reread some favorites, but that never seems to happen for me. I think the only book I have read multiple times has been Self Help by Lorrie Moore, which is just one of the best short story collections I have ever come across.

  4. I love rereading Agatha Christies. In fact I included one of her books in my list of rereads too. Enjoyed reading your list.

  5. Agatha Christie is definitely best when re-read - there's no distraction of trying to figure out the culprit and you can really see and enjoy the writing and all the "undercurrents".


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