If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress now currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, where each week they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category.
This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I want to Re-read.
It took me less than 2 minutes to decide on my top 5. I tried to pick books that have had a big impact on me or are beautifully written or just amazing stories. I have already read some of these more than once and I would happily do so again.
I’m excited to share my top 5 and to read all of yours so please leave a link in the comments if you are also participating. Let’s get started!
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
‘Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.’
What better way to kick of this list than with a classic? I think this book probably divides opinion, but I am a huge fan. I love the Bronte sisters and their work. I have been to visit their family home in Howarth, Yorkshire at least 5 times. As an English Literature graduate, I have had to study this book more than once and that can sometimes ruin a book for me if I have to dissect and analyse it but with Wuthering Heights, this made me love it more. I feel like I was able to fully appreciate how brilliant and powerful this book is and how engaging Emily was as a writer. I have read this book more than once I and don’t doubt that I will read it again in the future.
Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler
‘Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.’
This book just resonated with me. It was different from anything I had read before because it wasn’t a typical YA love story with dramatic break-ups and make-ups, you already know that the couple have broken up from the title, so you know what to expect. What Handler does is take you on the journey of ‘why’. We see when and how this relationship died. It was a one of the most realistic portrayals of a relationship that I have ever read in a YA books. There was no fairy tale romance get together, but an honest account of a breakup and heartache. I thought it was beautiful and I loved the illustrations by Maira Kalman that went along with it. I have already re-read this book once, but I would love to read it again!
The Hobbit – J R. R. Tolkien
‘Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey `there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…’
This is an obvious but vital choice. I adore Tolkien’s writing. There is nothing better than escaping into the world of a fantasy novel and The Hobbit is my favourite go-to for this. This book is so magical and powerful that it draws me in every time. I love all of the characters and the sheer volume of characters that weave in and out of the story. The songs are a delightful addition to the story and I genuinely find myself singing them inside my head as I read (to my own made up tune obviously!) This book is just brilliant, and I am so glad it was written.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
‘Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever…’
I don’t dare admit how many times I have already re-read this book (and the others in the series) but I would gladly read it again. This book was pivotal for me age 13-17. I absolutely adored The Hunger Games and I was definitely what you would class as a ‘fan-girl’. My love for twilight had started to disappear, my Team Jacob posters went away and then my brother suggested I read this book that our grandma got him for Christmas and just like that, my world is changed. I devoured the first book in one night and then had an agonising wait for the second one (and then the third) during which I re-read the series religiously. I don’t know what it was that I loved so much about it, potentially the captivating story or Collins’s writing. I’m still not sure but this book will always be one of my favourites so thanks to my big brother for suggesting I read it.
The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
‘Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?’
This is one of the most beautiful and magical books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I think this is the perfect book for re-reading as it has so much to offer and I think you could take away something different each time. I don’t have the words to describe how precious and perfect this story is, so I will leave it at this, read this book. Read it slowly, take in each sentence and description and picture each scene or snowflake. It is most definitely worth it.
Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? What books are on your re-read list? Let me know in the comments below!