Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Look Forward to Re-Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

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As one of my goals this year is to continue to make time for re-reading old favourites, I thought I would encourage myself by sharing with you the ten books I am most looking forward to re-reading soon:

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – My favourite of all of Austen’s wonderful novels, that follows the trials and tribulations of the Dashwood sisters. I look forward to seeing if it retains its top spot after a second read.
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – The first book in Collins’ popular dystopian, young adult trilogy, which I haven’t read since they were adapted into the highly successful film franchise with an all-star cast.
  3. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley – My first and favourite novel I read by Kearsley. I look forward to returning to the beautiful Trelowarth on the Cornish coast and seeing if I fall in love with it all over again.
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Over the last year or so, I have been enjoying a comforting re-read of Rowling’s magical Harry Potter series, via the audiobooks read by the brilliant Stephen Fry.
  5. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – I am hoping a re-read of this, the hopelessly romantic and tragic tale of Gabriel and Bathsheba, will spur me on to read more of Hardy’s novels.
  6. Sabriel by Garth Nix – After re-reading this and Lirael, the first and second books in Nix’s Old Kingdom series, I hope I will finally be able to get round to finishing the series with Abhorsen.
  7. Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard – My first and favourite novel I read by Gillard. I look forward to re-reading this powerful tale, as well as reading two new-to-me books I have by this wonderful author.
  8. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott – It has been many years since I read Scott’s classic novel. So long ago I remember little about it, except for a vague feeling that I enjoyed it. High time for a re-read don’t you think?!
  9. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens – Since reading this I read many of Dickens’ classic novels, and now it feels like the right time to go back and remind myself of this old favourite.
  10. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M.C. Beaton – At first, I thought this would be a new read in my continued journey through Beaton’s hilarious Agatha Raisin series, but on closer inspection I recognised the premise; so re-read it is!

Have you read any of these? What books would you like to re-read? Also, please leave a link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.


18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Look Forward to Re-Reading

  1. These are great choices for re-reading! I love Sense and Sensibility, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Rose Garden, and hope to re-read all three sooner rather than later. I hope you’ll enjoy them just as much this time around!

  2. I just re-read Nicholas Nickleby recently and loved it even more than I remembered – one of his best for sure! And I was persuading another blogger last week that she should read Far from the Madding Crowd, which reminded me it’s literally decades since I read it, so it’s tentatively on my own re-read list now too. Can’t go wrong with Austen or Harry Potter, of course! 😀

  3. I read The Rose Garden right after finishing The Winter Sea, which is far superior, and maybe for that reason I didn’t like it as much as I have all of the other Kearsley’s novels. I guess a re-read would remedy that. I read Ivanhoe when I was fourteen, and the adventures and romance prompted me to start writing poetry. Ah, good times! 😉 I’m familiar with some of the others because of their films adaptations. Someday I will correct that.

    1. Carmen, I haven’t read The Winter Sea (also titled Sophia’s Secret here in the UK) so I couldn’t comment on whether it is superior or not… I just know I love The Rose Garden 😀 It is also great to hear the adventure and romance of Ivanhoe prompted you to start writing poetry – I must have been a similar age when I read it. 🙂

    1. Lynn, I hope you will enjoy reading Ivanhoe, although its been many years I do remember enjoying and I have feeling that I will love it even more re-reading it now I’m older. 🙂

  4. I love re-reading too, although I don’t do enough of it because I keep getting tempted by new books. Nicholas Nickleby is on my Classics Club list, but that will be a first read for me.

  5. How lovely! I reread favorites often. I just finished reread A City of Bells by Goudge for the fourth time and I’m constantly rereading Austen. I’m going through Northanger Abbey at present. I’m really looking forward to rereading Mansfield Park, because I haven’t read it for YEARS and wonder if my initial so-so feeling about it had to do with my age. I’d like to reread Harry Potter someday and I thought the story of The Hunger Games was interesting, yet so gruesome and sad. Not sure if I’ll ever reread those! 😉 I really enjoy Hardy! The Rose Garden sounds SO interesting. Oh, my bigger reread project this year is Two Towers by Tolkien. I reread Fellowship last year.

    1. Amy, it is lovely to hear that you enjoy re-reading favourites too, especially as that includes the wonderful Jane Austen and The Lord of the Rings. I also like to regularly read Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels, however this will be my first time re-reading Austen’s classic novels. 🙂

    1. Fran, it is great to hear you also love Sense and Sensibility and The Rose Garden, and I hope you enjoy your re-read of the Harry Potter series. I have nearly finishing listening to the wonderful audiobook of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 😀

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