Sunday, 26 July 2015

6 books I will always re-read



Because I don't have quite as much time for reading these days as I did when I was in school and college (and uni if you count my gargantuan English Lit reading list), choosing to re-read a book isn't a decision I take lightly. There are however a selection of books that I will always revisit and will forever have a place on my bookshelf. Here they are...

Harry Potter - The HP series was my first literary love. I was addicted to the wizarding world and would read the books cover to cover, over and over until the next one came out. By the time the final instalment came out I was about 15 so was actually allowed to queue up at midnight with my dad to get a copy. Fast forward to me aged 23 and I have a tattoo and a decent stash of merchandise to my name that's dotted about the house. You can take the girl out of Hogwarts...

The Hunger Games - This trilogy sort of helped ease the Potter deprivation I experienced in the years after it had ended. I can't explain how good of a young adult writer Suzanne Collins is. The story is a haunting one and the hype is so beyond justified. I remember finishing Mockingjay and immediately picking the first book up again at 2am to start again because I just wasn't ready for it to end!

Dracula by Bram Stoker - Although I like my reading material dark, I had never even thought to read Dracula until it appeared on the Gothic module of my university course. It's an epistolary novel in format, that is, the story is told through a series of diary entries and accounts by each of the central characters. It's definitely dark and mysterious, and at times scary but wasn't what I was expecting. I've reread it a couple of times and am always blown away by the pace and urgency Stoker creates.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe - This is a book I also picked up at uni. It's famous for being part of the 'Angry young men' movement of the 1950s, in which much of male socitey, especially the working class, felt disaffected. It's also where the band Arctic Monkey's picked up the title of their debut album - you'll know it when you read it!

The Bone People by Keri Hulme - This is such a weird and wonderful book. Keri Hulme is a New Zealand based writer, and the story is full of Mauri words and poetry. There's even a dictionary in the back! It's a very emotional story about love and violence, and it's also tinged with magic realism thanks to a heavy focus on mythology. It was difficult to read at first but will eventually suck you in.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - This is a book I never expected to like. I certainly have my favourites here and there in what you might call the classic canon, but I'm not a huge fan of classic literature in general or 'wholesome' stories. Rebecca was a book I always considered to fit in to that category, until it was recommended to me by a college tutor. It has that element of mystery about it that keeps you reading and is full of good old-fashioned scandal!

What books would you always go back to for a good read?
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