Howdy, howdy! First and foremost, I want to thank Lew Andrada one last time for his awesome post last week. If you haven’t read it, you should go do that after you read and comment on this one! As for this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about stuff I read as a teenager or in my early 20s. And there are a lot of books that I would love to read again for various reasons, but I’m afraid it’ll ruin the love I hold for them. Like, what if they’re actually really bad and I’m just in love with the notion of them? I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement from friends to go ahead and make 2020 (and probably 2021 because I’m a slow reader and would still have to read new books to review) the year(s) of book nostalgia and re-read all the things, but the fear is real. So, I thought I’d list the 35 books I want to read again and ask everyone for opinions on whether it’s a bad idea in general or which ones would best be left in the past, etc.
1. The Harry Potter series (7 books). I’ve only read the series all the way through once. Yeah, I’m a bad fan. Whatever. But I’ve been getting the itch to go through it all again. I’m not too worried about ruining this one, though. It’s the series I remember the best.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books). I blew through this series in my mid-teens and can only vaguely remember it, which is why I want to read it again. Granted, the memories are fond ones, but I still worry that maybe it wasn’t that good. It has a decent sized fan base, but I often dislike books everyone else seems to love. It’s worrisome.
3. The Anne of Green Gables series (9 books). Normally, I hate slice-of-life (not sure if that’s an actual genre, but it’s what I’ve always called things like this series) books. It makes me curious as to why I enjoyed this series as a teenager. It’s one of the few that I’m most afraid of ruining for myself.
4. His Dark Materials (3 books). This was a series I read in my early 20s. I remember a bit of it, but not enough to read the Book of Dust series or any of the stories connected to His Dark Materials. This is the usual predicament that forces me to re-read things.
5. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (4 books). I’ve actually read these twice already, but I wouldn’t mind going back to them. Just because. There are some books that call to you. It happens.
6. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and The Talisman (2 books). It’s not often that I feel the desire to re-read Stephen King stuff, but these are two I’m feeling drawn back to. Will they stand up against the test of time? I don’t know. Am I willing to risk it? Don’t know that either.
7. Neverwhere (1 book). So, I have a love/hate relationship with Gaiman. I absolutely love his work, but there’s always something I hate about his stories. Neverwhere started my love of his work. The problem is that I can’t remember hating anything about it. That worries me, because what if it’s truly horrible and I’ve blocked it out?
8. Ransom (1 book). This one I actually read back in 4th or 5th grade. I’ve never read anything else by Lois Duncan, but this one stuck with me. It’s the first book I read that had someone with a disability who played a major role. Granted, he wasn’t disabled like I am, but it was cool. I’m afraid that connection was the only actual good thing about the book.
9. The Wild Iris (1 book). I fully admit that I re-read poetry more than anything else. This is a collection I’ve been meaning to read again for years.
So, what are your thoughts on reading things more than once? Is it a worthwhile endeavor or would you stick with new books? Anything on this list that isn’t worth a second look? What’s on your list? Feel free to share your comments or thoughts here or on my social media pages!