Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme or prompt for which you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s theme is a throwback freebie so we have quite a bit of room to do what we’d like this week. I decided to talk about some books that I read quite awhile ago that I’d like to reread. I’m not a big rereader because I have so many books waiting for me to read them for the first time, but there are still several books/series that I want to take another look at. Some are old favorites while others are books that I loved at the time, but have a feeling I would feel differently about now. So without further delay, here are some books that I read years ago that I’d like to reread!
Those of you who have been following me for awhile probably know that I love dystopian stories and The Hunger Games is the series that started that love. I read this series when I was in high school and it’s now been about 5 years or so. Because it’s been such a long time, I’d really like to reread these books and see how much my feelings have changed toward it (if at all) and/or see how I relate to it now, being much more aware of the many social issues in our society that are a part of this story.
This is another book that I read when I was in high school and at the time, I really loved it. I’ve now seen quite a few people who felt that it romanticized kidnapping and I want to read it again with a more critical lens. When I first read it, I thought it was a good look at Stockholm Syndrome, but that was years ago and I’ve learned and grown a lot since then so it’d be nice to revisit the story.
I was actually assigned this book in my sophomore year of high school and although I enjoyed it at the time, I think I’d like it a lot more if I actually had the chance to read it on my own just for enjoyment, rather than being forced to constantly analyze every sentence.
I think I was only 13 or 14 when I read this book and I loved it. I thought it was a really raw and emotional look at sexual assault/incest, but looking at Goodreads, I’ve seen quite a few people who did not think the book handled the topic well. Like several of the books on this list, I’d like to reread it now that I know a lot more about the subject and see how well the book holds up.
This is one of the books that I read that really got me into historical fiction. I’ve always liked learning about WWII and the Holocaust through books and so when I read this, it became a favorite of mine. Looking back on it, I have some hesitations about the book (that I won’t get into because we’d be here all day) and I’d really like to revisit it and read it with a more critical lens than I was capable of when I first read it.
You know how I said The Hunger Games started my love of dystopian fiction? This series actually kind of did before that. The only difference was that after I read Uglies, I had a hard time finding other dystopian books (other than classics which 12-year-old me had no interest in), whereas THG led to a huge proliferation of the genre in YA. Anyway, I read Uglies when I was in 6th or 7th grade, loved it, and now I really just want to revisit it for nostalgic purposes.
While I loved this book when I first read it years ago, I don’t think I fully appreciated it. I’m not quite sure why, either. Now that I’m much more aware of the prominence of sexual assault, I’d really like to reread this book and see if my thoughts toward it change at all.
This is on my list for pretty much no other reason than that it was one of the very first books I read about a gay character. I devoured so many of Levithan’s books back in the day and it’s been ages since I read any of them. I definitely want to revisit at least one or two of them to see how they hold up now.
Sarah Dessen is another author I read a lot when I was younger and it’s been a long time since I read anything by her. Just Listen has always stood out as one of my favorite books by her so I really want to reread it and remember why I fell in love with her writing in the first place.
I know Nicholas Sparks is problematic (to say the least), but I loved his books back when I was in high school. I read tons of them. Safe Haven was one of my favorites and is one of the few that I actually own, so I want to reread it and see how I feel about it now. Plus I don’t think I ever actually watched the movie so I kind of want to do that, but I want to jog my memory with a reread first. 😛