I hardly ever re-read books these days. There always seems to be something new to read. But there are some that I would like to re-read one day either to re-live nostalgia from my youth or because they confused me the first time round and I still haven’t made up my mind about what I think of them or because I read them a really long time ago and I want to see if I appreciate them more now…
Never Let Me Go: Kazuo Ishiguro
When my mum gave me this book to read, she said ‘This book freaked me out, you should read it.’ It freaked me out too but not so much that I would never touch it again – it’s a complex book full of complex ideas and characters.
The Go-Between: L P Hartley
I read this not too long ago and it’s one of the most densely layered novels I’ve ever read. Even though I know the ending, I think it might be one of those stories that is even more shocking second time round despite knowing what’s coming.
Rebecca: Daphne du Maurier
I read ‘My Cousin Rachel’ not too long ago and it reminded me that I should get round to re-visiting ‘Rebecca’ which I first read when I was about twelve or thirteen – it was one of the first ‘grown-up’ classic books I read that I really enjoyed.
Harry Potter series: J K Rowling / His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman
Aaaah childhood nostalgia…. I haven’t read any Harry Potter books since The Deathly Hallows came out which was five years ago now and I’m sure it’s even longer since I read His Dark Materials. I think I will re-read both of these series in one go when I finish my Masters degree next summer – it will be interesting to look at them again with a more critical eye this time round.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (and the sequels): Sue Townsend
I also plan to re-read some of my favourite comic novels….again! I’ve already re-read the Adrian Mole books at least twice so I already know that they are worth reading again.
The Secret History: Donna Tartt
I read this book about three years ago and loved it. I only wish Tartt could write a little faster… since ‘The Secret History’ was published in 1992, she has only published one other novel!
Which books do you want to re-read?