What Books Do You Re-Read?

I’ve made an effort recently to add reading back to my everyday list of Things I Can Do Instead of Look at My Phone. It’s bad enough that it has slipped off that list, and after a prolonged period of guilt and self-afflicted scolding (You’re a writer! You know better, Joy!), I’ve picked myself up and dove back into the scene.

Some books I’m excited about (this is next on my list), but I’ve also spent a lot of time picking up a book only to put it down half an hour later. So, I started thinking about the books I’ve read already but would enjoy re-reading. It was harder than I thought!

Growing up, my friend’s mom would crack open her favorite Jane Smiley book every Christmas, and re-read the whole thing while the ham was in the oven. The only book I clearly remember re-reading is The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, and it was during an especially boring airplane delay. I’ve always thought I should re-read both The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye — books I read in ninth grade (I have a feeling a lot of it went over my head!).

Do you ever re-read books? Do you have a few that you could never get sick of? Also, feel free to add any book recommendations in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “What Books Do You Re-Read?

  1. Currently reading This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz and I love it! It’s a compilation of short stories which revolve around the same character. His earlier book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is also super super good.

    On a side note, I’m also hoping to pick up reading more often. As much as I hated taking public transit to work in Toronto before I had to drive, it was a good way to read a book or two every month.

  2. Generally don’t reread books, but I have reread and come back to Robert Fulghum’s books and the Port William novels by Wendell Berry. They’re beautiful and comforting and wise.

    Also love the Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing and Junot Diaz, too 🙂

  3. Recently read and loved Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley was good. Delicious by Ruth Reichl. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Us by David Nicholls. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. AH BOOKS COULD TALK FOREVER.

  4. I have reread Harry Potter so many times that I lost count! Eat, Pray, Love is another one that I like to reread, because it tends to mean different things to me at different points in my life. I reread all Sarah Dessen books and the Sloppy First series because they’re my faves. 🙂 I read Wild this year, and I think that might be worth a reread, too!

    I’ve been trying to take an hour or so before bed every night to read instead of watching TV or look at my phone. It’s been *so* lovely. (Just finished Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, which was amazing, and now reading Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?) Let’s start a book club. 🙂

  5. It’s very common for me to re-read books when I enjoyed them the first time. The thing is I’m a fast reader, and I feel like I always missed a ton of details I would have noticed if I read more slowly. Two books I’ve read a few times already :
    Yu Hua – Brothers
    Life of Pi – Yann Martel

  6. I re-read books all the time, but I teach English to college students so it’s sort of my job! For me, Jane Austen never gets old, especially Persuasion. This past year I also re-read Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone. I’m ending the semester with A Christmas Carol in one class, and really looking forward to it–it’s a great first or re-read!

  7. I just read Catcher in the Rye a while ago (!) and Holden Caulfield actually really resonated with me (in the most non-cynic way possible), so I hope you enjoy reading that one again 🙂
    Every winter I re-read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey; I will never get tired of her beautiful prose. I also really recommend Steinbeck’s East of Eden if you haven’t read that yet—the size is a bit intimidating but the writing is lovely and the characters and themes are kind of soul searching haha. It’s my favorite book to this day.

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