Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about rereads! I love rereading books, sometimes I even reread books right after I finish them for the first time. Other books, like Anne of Green Gables or Jane Eyre, I reread during specific seasons.

Here are some of the books I’ve been wanting to reread for a while now:

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles – I read this book in 7th grade and it really made an impression on me. I wonder how I’ll feel about it after a reread.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I have only read a couple of Dickens novels, but this is one of his best. I have forgotten most of the story since first reading it in 8th grade, so hopefully a reread will correct that.
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – I’ve already reread Harry Potter once after the last novel was released, but during Halloween we watched the two Deathly Hallows movies and now I’m holding myself back from rereading the series again. I have so many other books on my TBR list, but I’m hoping I’ll have more time during Christmas :)
The Stranger by Albert Camus – Another novel I remember little from, the reason I want to reread this is because of its cultural importance & my ties to France.

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As You Like It by William Shakespeare – My first ever Shakespeare play! My amazing 8th grade teacher had us read this play in class before going to see it performed on stage. I’ll always credit Ms. Bowden as the one who originally got me to fall in love with Shakespeare.
The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – A childhood classic :) I haven’t read these books since I was probably 9 or 10, but I loved them and I really want to experience them again.
Our Town by Thornton Wilder – I read a lot of good books in middle school! This one also really impacted me when I first read it. I think I’ll probably cry when I reread it.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – know I’ll cry when I reread this one. I was a mess when my 3rd grade teacher read this to our class. Tissues everywhere.

BONUS! Here are two TV series I want to rewatch:

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Boy Meets World – My favorite TV show while growing up! I’ve rewatched multiple episodes since the show ended, but I’ve never rewatched them all.
Battlestar Galactica – Matt and I had a Battlestar Galactica marathon back in 2012. We watched the whole series in less than 3 weeks, and I loved how it ended. Since then I’ve been wanting to rewatch it in order to pick up all the clues along the way.


What are some of the books and tv shows you’ve been wanting to reread/rewatch lately?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Shaped My Childhood

toptentuesdayThis week’s theme is “Top Ten Books in X Genre,” and I wanted to write about some books I don’t typically write about, but not in any genre I was too unfamiliar with. So instead of picking a genre, per say, I chose to write about the novels that first got me into reading: the ones I read in grade school!

Top Ten Books That Shaped My Childhood

anneofgreengablesAnne of Green Gables series – Let’s just start with the best (and my most favorite) on this list: Anne of Green Gables! I’ve written about my beloved Anne already on my blog, so I won’t repeat myself, but I do want to say that this is still my favorite book of all time, and I can’t wait to have my own daughter to share these stories with :)


charlotteswebCharlotte’s Web – What a lovely book. Some images from this book that still pop up in my mind from time to time are buttermilk baths for pigs and newborn baby spiders floating around everywhere (I hope that doesn’t discourage any would-be readers: it really is a wonderful book!).


walktwomoonsWalk Two Moons – I honestly don’t remember much from this book except that I was enamored by it for months. I believe my best friend owned it and of course since she was a year older than me I looked up to her in so many ways (the reason I read Anne of Green Gables was because she read it first). I should reread this one day.


harrypotterHarry Potter series – I tried narrowing this down to one Harry Potter book, but they all tend to blend together. I read the first three for a book report project in fifth grade and I remember not being able to put them down (I can still see myself sitting at our dining room table reading about the Chamber of Secrets). As is the case with most readers, I still love this series, although the last movie adaptation disappointed me. I’d like to reread Harry Potter sometime soon :)


thegiverThe Giver – Another book I’ve talked about on this blog, but still one of my all-time favorites and a book I often recommend to my adult friends, The Giver is one of those novels that effortlessly forces you to think about how it applies to the real world. As an elementary school student reading it for the first time, I longed for my teachers to say, “When you finish your work you can read silently at your desk,” so I could finish following Jonah’s fascinating coming-of-age tale. And apparently there’s a movie version in the works!


wheretheredferngrowsWhere the Red Fern Grows – Ahh, the first novel that made me cry my eyes out. My 3rd grade teacher read this out-loud to us every afternoon and right from the first chapter I was in love. [spoilers!!] When Old Dan and Little Ann died, all of the girls in our class–myself included!–were crying into our tissues, and I’m sure even the boys must have felt sad. I still love this book, though. I’m a big sucker for tear jerkers.


rainbowfishRainbow Fish – I think what drew me to this book so much was the colorful and iridescent illustration on the cover, but the story has such a simple and meaningful moral to it that stuck with me as well. It is a very nice story that highlights the values of being different and sharing with others.


sidewaysstoriesSideways Stories from Wayside School – This is probably the most unique entry on this list, but there were several stories that stuck with me all throughout elementary school, most notably the one involving the hypnotist. I also enjoyed Louis Sachar’s other novels, Holes and There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom.



blackstallionBlack Beauty/Black Stallion – I do not believe I actually read Black Beauty, but my sister and I were both in love with the film. We watched it all the time growing up. But I did read several of the Black Stallion books.



littlehouseLittle House on the Prairie series – The first series I fell in love with. I especially loved reading these books outside in my backyard on a nice summer day :) I have not read this books since I was a child, and I would love to revisit them soon!

What were your favorite childhood books? Make your own post or share with me in the comments :)