Back in 2012, I made a list of the ten books I can read over and over again. There wasn't any particular order except for the first one, but here they were:
- Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien (yes cheating but I consider them to be one body of work)
- A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM
- Mythology by Edith Hamilton
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
But now 5 years later, I'm revisiting the list. The ones I'm removing are not because I don't like them anymore but because my repeat reading preferences may have changed. So here's the updated list, starting with the new inclusions and then the ones who remain on the list.
1. Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God by Isa Garcia
Disclaimer: I'm not putting this here just because Isa is my friend and I work for the publisher but because she has captured and put onto paper some of the deepest thoughts and longings of my heart that i could not articulate. Her letters are vulnerable, painful, but full of hope and optimism and love and grace, and if you know her in real life, she really is like that. Oh, and the postcards are gorgeously "craelligraphied" by Crae Achacoso (another friend). Shameless promotion: You can buy this at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops, PCBS, Fully Booked, National Bookstore, and our online store, passagesbooks.com. It's also available as an ebook! Details here.
2. Love Does by Bob Goff
If you ask me if I could have coffee with any living writer and Bob Goff would be in my Top 5. Not many people know him but his book is truly life-changing. It changed the way I view loving your neighbor meant and what it means to pursue your passion and what it means to just love, although I still have a hard time actually living the life he suggests we live. And trivia: the number that he posts at the end of the book is his actual number and when you call it, he does answer. I haven't done it coz I'm too nervous but I know people who've already done it and he did answer!
3. The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn
I know it's cheating again but I couldn't choose from among the 8 books (plus the Bridgertons Happily Ever After). I loved all the eight siblings and their various love stories. I love the humor and the banter and even though you know that they would of course end up in a happily ever after, their stories were still engaging enough to keep you reading. And I've read every story at least twice each (some more than twice).
Book 1: The Duke and I
Book 2: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Book 3: An Offer From A Gentleman
Book 4: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
Book 5: To Sir Phillip, With Love
Book 6: When He Was Wicked
Book 7: It’s In His Kiss
Book 8: On The Way to the Wedding
4. Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
I first read this back in college because of my Comm 2 professor and ever since, I've made it a point to try to read the entire series at least once every two years. I fell off a bit around 2008-2012 because of reasons that I don't want to go into, but since 2013, I've gone back to doing it at least once a year. And every time I re-read the stories of Dream and his Endless siblings and the different characters he encounters, I always see and learn something new. My favorites in the series are A Game of You (Thessaly!), Brief Lives (Delirium and Destruction!), and of course, The Kindly Ones.
Now those who stayed from my original list
5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien
Still my favorite books of all-time and so I will keep re-reading them whenever I feel like it. I read The Silmarillion once a year as well and will still dream of a really great mini-series or movie adaptation of it someday.
6. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Because stories about Greek gods and goddesses and the mortals that they loved and hated and killed and impregnated and blessed will never get old.
7. Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Still one of the women I admire most.
8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
One of those rare book and movie adaptation that I equally love. And still one of the most quotable pop culture things ever.
9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
It's not a hardship to re-read this since it's pretty short, but it's one of those books that I can read that have rodents in it (I mean in the story, not in the actual book. Shudder)
10. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Next to The Handmaid's Tale, it's my favorite dystopian story. This book is devastating, and yet I cannot fully step away from the world of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. And the big reveal still has the power to kick me in the gut and make me gasp, even though I obviously know about it by that time.
So how about you? What are the books that you keep re-reading over and over?