Given that I have an endless TBR, it may be a bit surprising that I love to re-read books. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve revisited the Harry Potter series at this point, and I read Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches twice last year.
But there are a select few books that stick out in my mind as definite old friends. Books I can turn to when I’m in a slump or I need to bounce back from a particularly difficult read. So here are 3 books I will read over and over again:
1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Just typing this paragraph makes me want to go pick up my tattered paperback copy of The Hobbit and let Gandalf whisk me away on an adventure. Maybe I have a soft spot for this book because secretly, a hobbit’s life sounds pretty sweet. They’re a pretty laid back folk, they like to eat, and they stay home. Yep, a hobbit’s life for me.
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I remember exactly where I was the first time I ever read this book. My 6th grade science class, while others were working on makeup work, I was curled in the corner of the room by the bookshelf, devouring Dickens’ classic. I read this book every year, rather I gig out my physical copy, or listen to Tim Curry’s fantastic reading. For some reason, A Christmas Carol holds Christmas magic for me, and I keep it in my heart as the years go by.
Though I’m not sure when my love of horror came about, I think Dracula had something to do with it. I checked out a copy of this book in high school that nearly gave me nightmares – the illustration of the deadly Count had eyes that seemed to follow me around the room. Stoker’s book is a classic horror tale that sneaks its way onto my reading list every fall.
So there you have it, my 3 book BFFs. Are there any books that you’ll read over and over again?