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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Books To Read Over Again

There is one book that I've read twice and that I plan to read again, but there other books that I also plan to read again yet I haven't made it back around to again. Unlike movies or television that are easier to rewatch, it takes much more time to pick up a book and to begin reading it again. Along with the one I read twice already, there are others I'm picking up again.

I was only going to write about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and then I realized I've already made several blogs about it. This is the book I've read twice, which makes sense since it is a short book. You could consume it in a day or less if committed to it. I find as I grow older that this book's themes stick with me. It captures high school in a real way, but the sense of belonging, troubled past, and the overall arching journey are one that can't help but feel real.

Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and there are actually a few books I could reread from him. 11/22/63 is one of my recent favorites from him that I definitely want to make a go around at once again. Another I loved from Stephen King also makes for one of my favorite Halloween reads to get out, Pet Semetary. There is no book I've read that is spookier yet grasps at the real depths of grief like this one does. I have chills just recalling it.

A series that I enjoyed that I rarely mention on the blog is The Harry Potter series. I do plan on going back to reread this one, but I think it's intimidated me a good bit. When I first read this I was in a very particular state of mind that suited the book. It was a series I didn't even expect to enjoy, so I didn't read it until I was 21. J.K Rowling has such a way with writing characters that I was pulled into this series though. Rowling so far has proven to be one of my favorite writers.

Another novel I hope to read again is East of Eden from John Steinbeck. I don't easily consume classics, but this one was notable and easy to relate to for me. I think it says a lot for the future of what I enjoy regarding books. The dark elements aren't horror, but they feel so humanely real they are frightening. To go back and read this one again will mean allotting much time to digest and take in even the smaller intricacies of this novel that might have been first missed upon reading.

Now this will shock, and perhaps ruin any credit from my reading taste by the aforementioned, but I read the Twilight series and enjoyed them. I get they completely go against a lot of values and progressiveness that society wants, but I hate to say it but any girl who hasn't had a real relationship and enjoys this story just finds something exciting about it. At the time I read this it was just fun. That is the only way to sum it up. Now I don't know that I would have the same feeling reading it now, but I had such fond memories of reading this book that I can't but be curious about whether I could pick up why I enjoyed it.

What books would you go back and read every year?

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