5 Best Books … Re-reads
August 19, 2011 12 Comments
Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston runs the meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.
This week, the topic is 5 Books that I’ve re-read.
I re-read books regularly. Well, I did until I became a book blogger and had too many books to read for the first time, even. No, it’s not quite true, I do try and re-read a book every now and then, but it happens less often than it used to.
Here are some books that I’ve re-read in the last few years:
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
I didn’t care too much about the movies, they were OK, but I loved the books.
It’s a mystery about a woman, Lysbet Salander, who is a computer buff but also rather strange. She helps a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, solve a mystery, but in the second and third book she herself is accused of a crime.
This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes
It has something to do with the fact that the main character, who has everything one could ever wish for, in fact has nothing to live for. During the book this changes almost completely around.
The events in the book are slightly improbable but such fun to read. I think I could re-read this book quite regularly and still not get bored.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
It’s a surrealist book, but only very lightly so, the events almost seem possible in the real world.
The story is mysterious and as a reader, you are never in control with Murakami. You have to go with the flow and just see where the story will end. Here’s my review.
Beyond Sleep by W. F. Hermans
W. F. Hermans is a Dutch writer, and this book my all-time favorite book. I have re-read it so often!
The story: A PhD student in Geology goes on a summer trip to Norway to prove a theory. He is suspicious of his fellow team members and of the Norwegian professor who did not provide him with the aerial maps that he was promised.
I love the writing and the story. Nothing goes well for Alfred and somehow, that’s funny! (Sorry, Alfred!).
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
I loved the story of Deanna especially. She’s a biologist who spends a year living in a remote cabin in Appalachia, studying wildlife. But she cannot get away from human contact completely, to her great annoyance.
There’s also the story of Lusa, city girl turned farmer when she married a country boy who subsequently died. She tries to keep the farm going even though her in-laws would love her to up and leave.
I read this book twice, but I don’t think it will be long until re-read 2.
What books have you re-read?