Do you reread books?
I’ve noticed readers have varying opinions about rereading books in my niche book communities on Goodreads and Instagram. But, if you can tell by the title of this post, I am definitely on team Reread!
While I haven’t reread as many of my books as I’d like to (because I am obsessed with buying Kindle books when they’re on sale, and have over 100 unread ones right now *sweats*), I do make time to reread my favorites. So, which are those? Keep scrolling!
#5: In Between (Katie Parker Productions, #1) by Jenny B. Jones
I first read In Between, the first book in Jenny B. Jones’s Katie Parker Productions series, in 2018, and two things happened: In Between became one of my favorite books, and Jenny became one of my favorite authors.
Since 2018, I’ve read In Between a total of three times, and still have not found another Contemporary Christian YA book where I love the characters as much as I do the ones we’re introduced to in In Between. Why? MAD MAXINE. She cannot be topped. She is hilarious and absolutely shines in this book. I’m really hoping Jones will give Maxine her own series someday.
#4: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
Being The Hunger Games trilogy is tied with the Katie Parker Productions series as my favorite series, The Hunger Games is another series starter that I’ve read at least three times. If you’ve been an avid reader for some time, The Hunger Games needs no introduction, but if you’d like to look into a more in-depth analysis of the series, check out this post I did a couple years ago.
When am I planning on rereading The Hunger Games again? Well, now since I own The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, my next reread of the series will have to include that book first, since it’s a prequel. Though I liked the book, I’m intimidated about rereading the series again with this monster of a book as the series starter. XD
#3: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
If you’ve hung around Authoring Arrowheads for a while, you may remember that The Help is one of my favorite books. It’s also another book that I’ve read at least three times and want to dive into again. My favorite aspect of The Help is how gritty it is in portraying the evil of segregation and racism in the 1960s, and how much I can relate to one of the three main characters, Skeeter Phelan. I recently read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, which gave me strong vibes from The Help, so now I’m craving to reread The Help again.
#2: The Bible
I feel bad for this not being #1 on my Top Rereads list, but the only reason its not is because there is one book I’ve read more than The Bible (going by total completion). However, The Bible is the second-most read book I own, coming in at least three total reads (I think there may be four completions, but Goodreads isn’t showing that) and I’m currently reading it again aloud with my husband. Since it’s much longer than the #1 book on my Top Rereads list, I don’t suspect it will ever make it to the top spot on my list, but it is very dear to my heart. I highly recommend everyone read it through at least once in your lifetime.
#1: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
AND FINALLY *chefs kiss* the piece de resistance, the book I’ve read a total of NINE times and am planning to read for the TENTH time this December *screams with excitement*: A WALK TO REMEMBER BY NICHOLAS SPARKS!!!
Why have I read this book so many times? Here’s the low down:
1) It was one of the first books I purchased when I got back into reading my junior/senior year of high school, so I’ve had it around 10 or 11 years. I try to reread it each year around Christmas, so if you can add that up, there you go. 🙂
2) It’s only 240 pages (in both paperback and hardcover, and yes, I own both! *smiles creepily*), so it only takes me a day or two to read.
3) It’s one of the purest love stories I’ve ever read and I absolutely devour it every time I reread it. It never gets old, even though I’ve practically memorized parts of it. *Fangirls off into the distance*
BONUS MENTION: A Book I Hope to Reread Many Times in Future Years
This year, I read a delightful book for the first time, and it took the coveted spot of #2 on my all-time favorites list. You know if I’m bumping The Help or To Kill a Mockingbird out of the way, this book is golden. What book is it?
If you’re on Instagram and scroll through the Christian Bookstagram feeds from time to time, I’m sure you’ve heard of Dearest Josephine by Caroline George. And, if you’ve been wondering if it’s all hype and no merit, you’re wrong, my friend. It’s all the hype and then some. I had the highest of expectations for that book, and the author completely surpassed them, delivering another one of the purest love stories I’ve ever encountered. I devoured the book in a couple days and have been wanting to reread it again since then. I’ve hinted around to my husband that I want the hardcover for Christmas, so we’ll see on that. XD
Talk to Me, Arrowheads!
If you’re a re-reader, what are your top five books to reread? Drop them in the comments!
Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.