Top Ten Tuesday- Reread

The Broke and the Bookish ask us (again-?) what books we'd reread. I'm not much of a rereader, but I do have to admit that when it does happen it's generally a much richer, comprehensive process. Duh.

This week I'm listing book that I remember reading, and loving during my adolescence and young adult years (not to be confused with YA reading).

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- I first reread this between 8th and 9th grade for summer homework. The teacher gave us 100 accompanying questions. As a teacher I now know he was trying to weed out the slackers. 

2. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis- I read, and loved, these in fourth grade and would like to see if it's still as magical.

3. Price of Tides by Pat Conroy- I read this freshman or sophomore year in high school and was a little surprised at some of the more graphic parts. 

4. Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky- I read this my junior year in high school, and again freshman year of college. If being asked to pick a "favorite book" this is the one I usually give. Confession: is it still?

5. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole- I read this in college and thought it was hysterical.

6. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens- One of the few Dickens books I've read, and liked. 

7. Spark! by John Ratey- I read this almost seven or so years ago to get units to move over in the pay column and remember being really inspired about exercise and it's neurological impact.

8. Emma by Jane Austen- This is an eighth grade read- I have to admit to buying it because I thought the matte white cover with Gwyneth Paltrow on it was pretty.

9. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende- I read this sophomore year in high school and was blown away that they were letting us read something with bestiality. I also wrote my hometown newspaper years later defending out IB teachers' decision to use it (it was published and people came up to my mom asking her about it and she had no clue whatsoever what was going on, haha).

10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon- I read this as kind of a stop-and-go read in college, so I'd like to go back and give it a more serious time.


  1. Great Expectations is one of the only Charles Dickens books that I loved!

  2. Great choices! I want to re-read Emma too. I also want to re-read Great Expectations but for the opposite reason... it's the only Dickens that I didn't really enjoy much so I want to give it another chance. :)

  3. Jane Austen and Crime and Punishment are on mine, too. And I am reading C of N to my kids. I never read the entire thing as a kid, but I am really enjoying all of it now.

  4. Conroy!!! Reread Prince of Tides then read any on his backlist you haven't read yet...