This seems to be turning into nostalgia week… the books I’m reviewing are from beloved series, so it makes me think back to when I first read them and how I felt exploring the story. In this vein, I thought I’d list my favorite re-reads (in no particular order, of course):
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Yes, it’s on another list! I love the characters, I love the subtle humor, I love the language… I just love everything about it. I literally could not even make a guess at how many times I’ve read this book.
2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
I’ve read this one at least six times now, and possibly more. The intermingling of hiking memoir with the history of public land stewardship, all laced with Bryson’s dry wit, makes this a go-to book when I want something familiar.
3. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Hobb’s long-running series set in the world of the Six Duchies has captivated me from day one. When I first picked this one up, I read the first ten pages in the bookstore and ran to the register to make it my very own. I love re-visiting Fitz’s world.
4. Emma by Jane Austen
Um, yeah, another Austen. I can’t help it! This is a comedy of errors with some great characters and lots of sly humor.
5. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
I first read this when I was in grade school, and it made me fall in love with the Yorkshire countryside. The stories are funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming by turns.
6. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is one of those books that I like, but it’s still a hard read. Not difficult to comprehend, just… emotional. It’s one of the best portraits of teen suicide out there.
7. The High House by James Stoddard
I so wish that this book wasn’t out of print. A house that contains worlds, with darkness in the basement and a dinosaur in the attic. If you ever get the chance to snag a copy of this, do it.
8. Mouse Tales by David Koenig
I’m a Disney addict, and these stories of Disneyland’s early days and the odd and unusual things that have happened in the park can always get a smile out of me.
9. Nation by Terry Pratchett
I tend to think of the good Sir Terry as dispensing a lot of wisdom couched in humor, but this one is probably the best example of that. Have you ever thought about what actually constitutes a nation?
10. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
No, not the classic, although this deserves to be one. This is the story of a blind cat and the woman who adopted him and learned about life from him. Very sweet book.