Books I Can’t Stop Rereading

I have always been baffled by people who never reread books. I have spent my entire life returning to novels that speak to me and finding new things to ponder and new things to love in them each time. Personally, I think the very best books must stand up to multiple readings, must still be engaging and have something to say no matter how many times I pick them up.

Here are some of the books I’ve read not just once or twice but multiple times because I can’t stop myself from returning to them.:

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorite authors, ranked beside J.R.R. Tolkien. Though most of her books are classified as children’s stories, I find all of them incredibly rereadable, insightful and moving in ways few other novels are. Montgomery had a clear zest for life and also a keen eye for social observation, and reading her works always makes me want to experience life more deeply and beautifully.

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia

Yes, I actually wrote about how the Chronicles of Narnia were a bit disappointing to me when I reread them as an adult vs. a child, but I reread all of these books (besides The Last Battle) so many times as a kid that I had to include them on this list. I likely would have said The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader were some of my favorite books from about third grade to sixth grade, and something about the series did speak to me enough that I picked them up as adult- and I think I’ll read them sometime again in the future just to see what my feelings are then.

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

If you read this blog at all, you know The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book and Tolkien is one of my favorite authors, so I can probably skip a lengthy commentary here. People have written entire books on “why readers love The Lord of the Rings,” after all, so expressing why I love Tolkien’s work succinctly might not even be possible. I will say I cried the first time I finished reading it because it just seemed so beautiful. Also, Tolkien inspired my love of medieval literature, which I studied in graduate school.

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My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

I like every book by Potok I’ve read, which is most of his work, but My Name Is Asher Lev offers a particularly thoughtful and moving look at art, sacrifice, and being true to yourself vs. staying connected with your roots and your community.

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The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Again, I’m a fan of most of Pierce’s work and have reread several of her series, but I particularly find myself returning to The Song of the Lioness quartet and The Protector of the Small quartet. Though these books are now decades old and “what a YA book looks like” has changed somewhat significantly since their publication, Pierce’s work is always engaging to me and always seems to offer modern commentary on feminism and believing in yourself.

Briana

25 thoughts on “Books I Can’t Stop Rereading

  1. Cathy Cade says:

    I can re-read a book I’ve read before and still not remember what comes next!
    I read Lord of the Rings through three times when I was younger (life’s too short now!) I put this down to having few books in my childhood home. I read everything and never put down something I’d started.
    Since starting some self-published novels, I’ve learned to abandon the ones I don’t want to slog on with (life’s too short).
    I read the Narnia series to my children at bedtime, a chapter at a time. I found The Last Battle incredibly boring, but it did get them off to sleep. (Me too!)

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    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      That’s so funny! But I think it would make rereading fun! I find I might not remember the book before I start reading, but it will come back to me once I get into the book.

      Yes, same! I think I reread more as a kid because I had fewer options! And maybe more free time. I remember I first read LotR in four days where I did basically nothing but read the books. Now I have to, you know, go to work and cook dinner and all that fun stuff.

      The Last Battle is definitely my lowest-ranked Narnia book!

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  2. Jennifer says:

    My limited space in the last years living in small apartments has made me an even bigger fan of re-reading than I was. Beyond that I tend to only buy physical copies of books if I really loved them, which makes my shelf all the best things. ^.^

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    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      I’ve also read To Kill a Mockingbird a few times, and it didn’t occur to me to put it on the list! I reread the HP books each time a new one came out, but I have to admit I haven’t really looked at them since. Maybe when the new Mina Lima edition comes out!

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  3. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    I have three book I have read nearly every year since I first read them – The Lord of the Rings is one of them. The Hobbit is another. My dad, who has been reading a lot more in recent years, doesn’t understand rereading at all. Perhaps if I can get him to reread a favourite one day, he’ll understand πŸ˜›

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  4. Faith E. Hough says:

    C.S. Lewis and L. M. Montgomery are two of my favorite authors to re-read; I get something new every time, plus they’re super nostalgic and comforting. I re-read Anne of Green Gables every spring!

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  5. Michael J. Miller says:

    I absolutely agree with you – rereading is the best! A book can’t even come close to my favorites/all-time favorites category if it’s not calling me back to read it again and again. Being able to grow with a story, finding that familiarity while also seeing more and more when you return to it, is just the best gift ever.

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