Books that I could re-read forever, is a great topic chosen by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Read up on the rules here and join in on the Top Ten Tuesday fun.While I wait to hear your feedback on my grumpiness, let me share the list of books with you, that I forever could (and often do) re-read.
I'm quite stingy when it comes to giving five stars. In fact I attempted a discussion post a few months back about how stingy I am.
A five star book needs to have gripped me, moved me, given me those warm and fuzzy feelings, and I usually want to re-read the book right away.
And that is quite rare these days.
Am I getting old and grumpy? Am I too critical Is something wrong with me?
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's a beast. It's somewhere around a thousand pages but it is absolutely worth it. The plot is intricate and complex and comes together in ways that will blow your mind.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Because...favourite book ever. I've read it at least twenty-five times. About once a year ever since I discovered it.
- 1984 by George Orwell. It was a scary read back then, it is a scary read now.
- It by Stephen King. It's on this list because it's the only book that ever scared me and has a special place in my heart. I should re-read it more often.
- Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. This will make you feel like you need several masters, at least four bachelors and maybe two PhDs to understand when Eco goes off on a tangent...but even without those, the plot can be followed, as long as you don't mind not understanding everything. It does not actually matter. The plot is simple. Yes, some people will get more out of this and understand all the references etc. But even without...this plot is mind-blowing. Eco presents the ultimate conspiracy theory and re-writes European history in this book.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan. This book makes me sad but the writing is so very beautiful.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Amazing read.
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. This book has one of the best plots I've ever read. Also lesbians. This book has lesbians.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I read this out loud to my girlfriend over Skype, back when we were long distance. I couldn't read during the last chapter because of all the tears!
What are the books you could forever re-read? Let me know in the comments.