Entry #15 – Re-read: This is a book that you have read more than once.
As an English teacher, I’ve re-read my fair share of books. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read Romeo & Juliet, The Outsiders, The Miracle Worker, or Holes. When it comes to reading for pleasure rather than for lesson planning, I tend to shy away from re-reading. There are so many books I want to read that I don’t have time to re-read. I don’t have the tattered book that I carry with me everywhere and read once a year. Despite this, I was surprised at the growing list of books that I have re-read.
1. The China Garden by Liz Berry……Read 5 times
This title is always my response when I’m asked what my favorite book is. I’ll talk about it more in a later post. All you need to know now is that it’s wonderful…and I kind of want to re-read it again soon!
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry……….Read 4 times
This is a Young Adult classic. I used it with my seventh graders last year, but I’ve also read it plenty of times on my own. I love the world of “sameness” that Lowry has created and Jonah’s realization that his world is not as perfect as he once thought. It’s the original dystopian novel.
3. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger………….Read 2 times
Don’t we all wish we could travel through time? In Niffenegger’s novel, she shows readers a darker side to time travel through the romance of Henry and Clare. Cool fact: Niffenegger is not only a talented writer (she wrote the creepy novel Her Fearful Symmetry, too), but she’s also an artist. She creates stories and artwork for visual and graphic novels. See some of her work for the story Raven Girl here.
4. Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth…Read 2 times
It should be no surprise from my previous posts that I adored Divergent and Insurgent. I took a break from reading during November to focus on my NaNoWriMo novel, but I wasn’t very good at staying away from books! I told myself, “I’ll just re-read Insurgent so I’ll be ready to read Allegiant…” and then I decided I might as well re-read Divergent too! I was pleased to discover they were just as good as I had remembered.
5. The Terrorist by Caroline B. Cooney……………Read 2 times
Cooney was my favorite author as a teen. I read The Face on The Milk Carton and became hooked on Cooney’s ability to create believable teen characters who were going through crazy things like discovering they had been kidnapped, or might have unleashed smallpox on the world from an old scab in a book, or traveled back in time. Her books were short and could be read quickly. I always made a beeline for the “C” shelf at Barnes & Noble, eager to pick out another one of her novels. Even as an adult, I wander over to the shelf to find out if Cooney has written anything new. I recently re-read The Terrorist on my Kindle Fire. Even though the book was published in 1997, the subject matter (a kid from an international school in London is killed by a bomb) still feels relevant.
How about you? What books do you find yourself re-reading?