I’m not much of a re-reader. I’m always afraid that if I love a book, it won’t hold up the next time around. That maybe I only loved it because of where I was in life at that time. My favorite movie is What About Bob? And there’s this great line about how when Bob tries to make a connection with a person, it’s like a phone…sometimes you get a busy signal, so just hang up and try again later. I think this way about books ALL THE TIME. There are books I tried to read, like On the Jellicoe Road that I absolutely couldn’t get into. I tried twice with that book. The third time, I couldn’t put it down, and it’s a book I recommend a lot. I even use my What About Bob reference in that review.
If I bothered to read these books more than once, you can guarantee their greatness. Side note: I’m not including books I used to teach, unless I read them on my own again at some point. I’m also not counting books that I reread before the final book in the series came out because I needed to refresh my memory.
Autumn Street (the first book I ever loved)
A Tale of Two Cities
A Monster Calls
and of course, Harry Potter. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this series.