Tuesday 27 February 2018

TTT (25) - Top Ten Books I Could Re-Read Forever

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.

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?
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.
  • 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.


  1. I put The Three MUsketeers on my list but the Count of Monte Cristo is great, as well

  2. Atonement destroyed me the first time I read it, so although I want to reread it I haven't been able to find the strength. I don't reread 1984, but have picked up Animal Farm quite a few times - it helps that it's so short!

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday!

  3. Five star reads should be amazing. I probably give too many five star ratings. Then again so many books amaze me.

    1984 is a book we all should be reading in America.


  4. Love that you read to your girlfriend over Skype. :) That’s so sweet.
    Pride and Prejudice is a perfect pick. It’s one that I can pick up at ny point, turn to any page, and enjoy.

  5. Jane Eyre is on my list, too! I finally read Pride and Prejudice last year and enjoyed it.

  6. Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are great. I need to re-read them soon. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday

  7. Wishing I had put 1984 on my list too now! Such a good read.

  8. I agree with many of the choices on this list. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an interesting choice given how recent it was published. I did love the world Gaiman created in that one!

  9. Oo I love Pride and Prejudice! Also don't feel grumpy-- I am also stingy when it comes to utterly-amazing-five-stars-perfect book ratings ;)
    My TTT

  10. I've read 1984 twice now, and it is definitely just as good (if not better) upon re-reading it! I have Jane Eyre on my list as well, but opted for a different Austen (Persuasion). I haven't read Fingersmith, but I watched the mini-series last year and loved it (I reviewed it if you want to check it out) - glad to know the source material is great too.

  11. I'm going to try and read 1984 soon. I'm very excited to get to it. I hear amazing things. :-)

  12. You know, I've only read The Ocean at the End of the Lane on this one. That's really sweet you read it out loud to your girlfriend via Skype. Love that!


  13. I love 1984, and I want to read IT, but it's such a loooong book.

  14. I have a bookshelf designate at the Favorites Bookshelf and it contains all the books I love enough to re-read. On the shelf are: all of the Jane Austen books, Little Women, the Little House books, the Anne of Green Gables books, and Cheaper by the Dozen.

  15. The Count of Monte Cristo is one I still need to read, but it does sound amazing. Man what a huge book though! But I am going to get to it one of these days... :)

  16. Nice diverse list!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post this week:

  17. It is my all time favourite book and the one that I have re-read the most. I just love the Loser's Club and their run ins with the different aspects of Pennywise. I really need to watch the new film version soon!

  18. Much as I adore it as a film, the 'Monte Cristo' book FREAKS ME OUT!! It's simply too long for me to even attempt reading right now. But like I say, never say never... perhaps someday I'll give it a chance along with books like Jane Eyre. :)

    Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.