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Top 10 Tuesday – September 27th

on September 27, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday (hosted over at The Broke & The Bookish) is here once again! It’s been a very busy week for me – I apologise to everyone who commented on my last Top 10 Tuesday post because I never got around to visiting and commenting back. My husband and I welcomed our 2nd son at 9.16pm last Tuesday the 20th September! Meet Rory Hayden:

This week’s topic is one that’s kind of relevant to me at the moment. When I was at University, I was an avid re-reader. I read my favourite novels over and over again and never tired of them. But since I started blogging, discovered the Book Depository and joined my local library, I’ve discovered that there’s just too many new books out there to keep re-reading my old ones! Even though I’d love to curl up sometimes with a stack of them and give them another go to see what more I can get out of them. So here’s my list of….

Top 10 Books I’d Like To Re-Read!

  1. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. I read this one about five years ago and I really enjoyed it but it’s a big book and my memory has faded over those few years! I’d love to read it again because I think it’s got a lot going on and it’s the sort of book that needs a few readings to really get all the beauty of it.
  2. We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver. I absolutely devoured this one last year and loved it! But because of the nature of the book, I was frantically turning pages, eager to discover what was happening next. I think that given the way Shriver writes (wordy), if I were to read this again, at a more leisurely pace because I know all the big shocks, I’m sure I’d discover entirely new things about it.
  3. The Passage, by Justin Cronin. This is a huge book and I’d love to find the time to re-read it before the sequel comes out early next year, but it probably won’t happen!
  4. The early No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Novels, byAlexander McCall Smith. The TV series started on ABC here this week and I’ve set it up to record. I read the first 7 or so of these books years ago now and I loved them for their simple story lines and good, interesting characters. I haven’t enjoyed the last 2 or so as much (although I have still liked them).
  5. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. I love love loved the heck out of this book even though it made me bawl like a baby! I’d love to re-read it, even though I’m pretty sure that the second time around I’d cry just as much as I did the first time. I love Adam and Mia and their relationship and the way it is portrayed in this book.
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I used to re-read this every year after studying it for year 10, 14 years ago. However it’s been quite a while since I’ve read it and I’d love to read it again and review it this time so that I could get down how I feel about it. My copy is in a box somewhere – the other thing that prevents me from doing a lot of re-reading these days! We only have enough room in our bookcase to store the books I haven’t yet read (somewhere around 300ish).
  7. The Obernewtyn Series, by Isobelle Carmody. The next book is due out very soon (yay!) and it’s been many years since I’ve read some of the earlier ones (see: previous problems about them being in boxes somewhere). I’d love to read the whole series before the new book is released and although I could probably get through the first 3 really easily, the next 2 after that are whoppers and I just wouldn’t have the time. I’m too impatient for the next book!
  8. The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkein. I read this a loooong time ago now – I was probably 12 or 13 and I loved it. I immediately tried to go on and read The Lord of the Rings but was an epic fail at that (and still am!). I haven’t read The Hobbit again since then and I’d love to read it now as an adult and see how I feel about it.
  9. Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. This is similar to The Hobbit. I read it in very early high school, I was about 13 or so and my mum told me I should read it. I really enjoyed it and then watched the movie. Scarlett, a sequel came out not long after and I read that too…and then watched the TV mini-series! I haven’t read either of them since and I really think I should definitely read at least GWTW again.
  10. Earth’s Children Series, by Jean M Auel. These were actually in my library at high school and I remember the flurry of checking-out that began as each new grade discovered that they’re pretty much porn in book form. I’m surprised the library had them actually because anything with a whiff of sex was usually removed quick smart! I read only 2,3 and 4 – somehow I never read Clan of the Cave Bear. I was intending to re-read these this year when the latest was released but weirdly, my local library didn’t have the first one when I searched the catalogue. I might try and get it on ILL.
These are 10 (well more, couple are series) books I’d love to re-read if I had the time and didn’t have a huuuuge TBR pile staring me in the face right now making me feel guilty for even thinking about going back to books I’ve already read! Maybe I’ll have to make 2012 the Year of Re-Reading and try and get through as many of these as I can as a sort of personal challenge.
What books do you really want to re-read?
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18 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday – September 27th

  1. Congratulations on the new baby!

    GWTW is my all-time favorite book. It definitely holds up to rereading–I’ve probably read it a dozen times at this point. I reread TKAM last year too and it was wonderful–I think I enjoyed it more as an adult than I did as a teen (plus now I kind of have a literary crush on Atticus).

  2. Your son is so adorable! Congratulations!

    I just read Middlesex last week and it was amazing. I also need to reread GWTW. I’ve seen the movie about half a dozen times but have only read the book once.

    I really need to get to If I Stay and The Hobbit.

  3. Welcome to the world, Rory! And congratulations to you and your husband!

    GWTW is one of those that I reread every so often. It’s definitely a good one to reread because there are so many details to catch! Middlesex is another wonderful book. I grew up in the same Detroit suburb as Eugenides sets all his books so there’s a double pleasure for me in recognizing the settings and attitudes.

    And I can’t wait for the next Obernewtyn book – I’ve jokingly cursed the friend who introduced me to them because SO LONG between books! She makes GRRM look like a fast writer!

    My Top Ten list is over here if you’d like to stop by!

  4. Congratulations on the new baby boy!

    I’m afraid I’ve only read one of the books on your list, The Hobbit, and I loved it as well. It’s not surprising that you couldn’t make it through The Lord of the Rings. It’s a heavy book, and it isn’t written the same way The Hobbit it. A lot of people have done the same as you, and even though I adore the story as a whole it takes me ages to actually read it.

  5. Ree Anderson says:

    I think you’re in my brain.

    The Passage and Gone With the Wind are also on my list… and do you know I’ve never read The Hobbit? It’s very distressing for Josh that I haven’t done so. Whoops! :)

  6. Lucy says:

    Congrats on the new addition to your family! Rory is adorable and I love the name too :)

    I think I’ve only read If I Stay and The Hobbit from your list, but they all sound epic and re-read worthy.

    I agree with you that it’s hard to find time to reread when we have so many books competing for attention.

    Hope you are getting some rest with your new little boy!

  7. Love the Earth Children’s series and would love to read it again too, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird. Congrats on your new family member, Hope you and Rory are doing great!

  8. Laura says:

    Congrats on the baby! He’s adorable :)

    I continually re-read To Kill a Mockingbird because, let’s face it, it’s awesomeness. And I really want to re-read Middlesex too, can’t believe I forgot it!

  9. Congratulations!

    I keep meaning to read that new Earth’s Children book — I read the series back in 2006 and remember it…with humor.

  10. Shanella says:

    First off, congrats!!! Such a cute little bundle of joy :)

    With the exception of the hobbit, I haven’t read any of these books! I’ll have to remedy that :) I saw Gayle Foreman at the Brooklyn Book Festival two weeks ago, she was a fun lady, she explained what “Team Adam” was all about – to many cheers.
    I’ve never heard of the Obernewtyn Series … I’ll have to look into that.

    Happy Tuesday!

  11. Marie says:

    Congratulations! Rory is such a doll, oh my goodness…love his hat. :-)
    Of this list, I’ve only read To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hobbit, but I have a few of the others on my list. I haven’t done much re-reading lately because like you said, there are so many great new books out…plus I’m a really slow reader, so if I spent a lot of time re-reading, I wouldn’t get much new reading done!

  12. Congratulations on the new addition!! Hello Rory! Welcome from us bookish-folk! :) I almost listed both the Hobbit and the Auel books! Others on your list are on my TBR pile.

  13. Kate says:

    Too funny about the Earth’s Children series. I remember when my mom gave me Clan of the Cave Bear to read…I was in high school. I couldn’t believe that she gave it to me with all of the sex scenes in it and the follow-on books. Wow…thanks for that memory!

    I never heard of The Passage until today…and have seen it a few times already! *Throws* that one on top of the TBR monster!

    Thanks for Hopping By…

  14. I’ve read Gone With The Wind many times over! It is one of my 2 top books. The 1939 movie is fantastic as well. Forget the book and movie sequels! Terrible!

  15. Rory is so cute . . . and so tiny! Congrats!

  16. I loved The Hobbit. It’s really a great book and the story captivates in a manner different from that of the LOTR series. :)

    I really should read GWTW. I’ve had the book for forever, but never gotten around to actually reading it. :)

  17. Oh my gosh, congrats on the new baby! He’s so adorable! And I love the name — Rory Hayden. He’ll be a heartbreaker when he’s older, I just know it! ;)

    I LOVED If I Stay too! I cried like a baby when I read it. I love to re-read that one and it still makes me cry every single time! Have you read Where She Went yet? That book is SO GOOD and it made me love Mia and Adam even more!

    Awesome Top Ten list!

  18. Loni says:

    I’d love to re-read The Hobbit and the entire Lord of the Rings series.

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