Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books I Would
I don’t really do rereads. The only times I have attempted to reread a book was either because I dropped the book partway through (i.e. Jellicoe Road) or if I had to scope out parts again for a novel study. Otherwise, and for obvious reasons, I think it’s better for me to classify this reads as considerations instead of a want.
Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
Unlike many of you whom have completed this series or have reread this fifty times over, I am [likely] the one-percent who started to read this series but dropped it in favour of the movies as reading wasn’t an enamoring hobby of mine way back when (as I basically sold my soul to Blizzard Entertainment and into games like Starcraft, Diablo, and Warcraft—and I don’t regret the time spent with these games.)
Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
Much like how I wish I could bend elements (re: Avatar), part of me also wishes that this world would grant us unique superpowers. I’ll take any enhancement (I can’t be the only one).
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)
Or possibly just the side story, The Knife of the Ruddy Dog, or something along those lines because no pet comes close to being as awesome as this fella.
The Boxcar Children (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
I only read a select few in this series for book reports way back when writing reports were still a cool thing to do. I think a large part of this particular choosing was because we owned a box set Warner’s series. Also, this could have been a toss-up between Boxcar Children and Goosebumps as they were the only books I remember writing reports on in elementary school.
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
One of the earlier Gaiman’s I’ve read to appreciate his mind–what more can I really say?
Backward Glass (David Lomax)
For its intended audience, this is surely a difficult read with an awesome payload. It’s the nuanced details in time-travel that, I thought, propelled this novel. Even after reading it and writing up a raving review…I still feel like there are details I didn’t properly uncover.
Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
My enjoyment factor would be far greater if I just simply read it instead of skim-reading it for an independent study. Also this book is one of my first introductions into the whole dystopian-being-one-of-my-now-go-to-genres. So that’s cool.
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)
This is one of those books that I think I need to be in the right headspace for; and while initially good, it wasn’t something that floored me.
[Insert Play Here] (William Shakespeare)
I’ve always read the educational versions of the plays (the copies with the accompanying Shakespeare-decryption-notes on the side) and I wonder how much of the original text I’d be able to grasp without aid.
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
So I can reaffirm why I hate this book—or maybe just Holden.
I still probably wouldn’t do rereads for the sole reason that there are just too many other things to read and I wouldn’t be able to get into the mood of it (seeing as you’d generally know the outcome). But that’s just me. I think if I had to narrow this down to one title/author listed above, it’d probably be Shakespeare—only so I could test my growth to interpret his works. The Chaos Walking Trilogy would be a close second.
What novel would be your number one all-time go-to reread if you had to choose? Let me know and remember to link-back to your top ten post!