We Be Reading, I started thinking about rereads. I think the only downside to reading book blogs is that I learn about so many wonderful books that my TBR list is getting enormous. I spend so much time reading and think about these new books, I never seem to make time to re-read my old favorites, unless it's for a book group.
I'm actually about to start re-reading Love in the Time of Cholera for a book discussion group next week -- sometimes I don't reread books for discussions, but it's been so long since I read it I've forgotten most of it. It's been almost 20 years since I read this book, so does it really count as a reread? (I'm also leading the discussion, so I definitely want it to be fresh in my mind before the meeting).
Here are the top ten books I want to re-read, when I have time. (Ha!)
1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have to get this one done by May 4th!
2. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. I fell in love with Maugham's work all over again when I read The Painted Veil for my classics book group. Of Human Bondage was one of the first classics I ever read for pleasure -- it was foisted on me by a guy who lived down the hall in my dorm freshman year. He insisted I take it home and read it over the Christmas break, and since I had an enormous crush on him, I obeyed. I ended up loving the book, though things never did work out with the guy.
3. Watership Down by Richard Adams. I loved this when I was a teenager, but I haven't read it since. I'd love to know if it has stood the test of time.
4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Another favorite from middle school and high school, I first read it in sixth grade. I used to read it over and over but it's been years since the last read.
5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I've seen the movies multiple times but I've only actually read the book once. I need to reread it before I go to the JASNA annual meeting in October.
6. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. I've been taking Spanish classes for the past year so I want to read more Latino literature, and it would be fun to reread this (definitely in English, my Spanish still isn't that good!). I remember loving it and the movie adaptation was excellent.
7. Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. I thought this was hilarious, so I recommended it to Amanda at The Zen Leaf for our reading swap. I want to reread it and see if it's as funny as I remember.
8. West with the Night by Beryl Markham. Another book I chose for my book swap with Amanda. I remember loving it so much I read it really slowly because I didn't want it to end. She didn't like it as much as I did so I want to reread it and see if it's just as good the second time around.
9. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I recently reread Jane Eyre for the first time in years, now I want to reread this one too. It's one of the only prequels/sequels to classic lit I really like.
10. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. After my initial reading of Love in the Time, I was inspired to read more Garcia Marquez. It's one the three novellas in his Collected Novellas which has been sitting on the TBR shelf since my husband gave it to me before we were married, so I've probably had this unread more than twenty years! I really should just sit down and finish the whole thing, shouldn't I?
So do you find you push your rereads aside in favor of new books because of blogging? Or do you just hear about so many new books that you don't have time for the old favorites? What would you reread if you had the chance?