I’ve found over the years that books cannot be ranked using a number system. They are just too different. Each book provokes a specific, utterly unique feeling when the reader truly gets into that zone where the only thing concerning them is the plot unraveling before their eyes. With re-readable books, the characters, plot, and unique feeling never gets old.
In light of this revelation, this list was so hard to create. I had to decide what components of a book were more important: Word choice, or plot? Imagery or characterization? In the end, it came down to one, single question: Which books do I seem to pick up time after time?
Here are my top five re-readable book choices:
I know. I’m supposed to pick ten, individual books to talk about. But here’s the problem: I can’t. One, I can’t pick one Harry Potter book to talk about because I love them all, and two, you can’t read just one book. Once you’re in, you’re all in. Period.
Starting from the first book, J.K. Rowling brilliantly orchestrates the story of an 11 year-old orphan and his journey into the unknown and unimaginable. The Wizarding World that Rowling creates is so complex and real that the reader finds themselves thinking of the characters as if they were real, living human beings.
These books have literally created an empire, abundant with raving fangirls, such as yours truly, a full set of movies, fan-made musicals, and real-life recreations of the majesty of Hogwarts at places like Universal Studios.
Can I take a second to talk about how incredible A Very Potter Musical is? It’s so good. Too good. I don’t deserve it. I know all the songs. I’m not sorry.
I’ve read the series a good seven times since I discovered The Boy Who Lived around five years ago. I have an unhealthy amount of Ravenclaw pride! (Caw caw!) Though the books may seem daunting at first, I can assure you that they are quicker reads than you would think. Harry Potter sparked my love of reading, and began a new era of my life.
Obsidian is the first installment of the Lux series, which is about a girl named Katy Swartz who moves to West Virginia. Upon moving into her home, she meets her next-door-neighbors: Daemon and Dee Black. Turns out, they’re aliens. (I know, SHOCKER!)
Throughout the novel, Katy gets closer to the Black siblings, and that’s how she learns their sparkly secret. Daemon’s really douchey for the entire book, but that leads to a MAGNIFICENT character arc that I gush over on a daily basis. I adored this book, and I adored the rest of the series as well.
Though almost every individual fears the imminence of death, this book highlights the positives of the unpredictability of the process of dying in itself.
Scythe takes place in a post-modern society where people are chosen to become the embodiment of a reaper, and “glean” humans to control the population. Even though death is equivalent to the common cold, death is still prominent, and even feared. There is no sickness, no government, and no questions that are without answers.
The fascinating thing about this book was that the ways people were selected for “gleanings” relies heavily on how people died in what was named “The Age of Mortality.” It turns out, there are negatives and exceptions to immortality.
The first thing that came to mind when I heard about this book was: That’s the fanfiction from Fangirl! For the record, this was the best fanfiction I have ever read!
Carry On features a young man who was given the title of “The Chosen One,” by the name of Simon Snow. He lives in a magical world similar to the Wizarding World, as children are schooled by a school filled with magic, and then go off and find jobs that are usually related to the magical world that they grew up in.
I love this book with every fiber of my being. I love the dialogue, and how the story wraps itself up. Though I loved the ending, I will totally read the sequel that is set to be released in a few years!
Six of Crows follows six miscreants on a mission to do the impossible. Following the capture of a political leader, Kaz Brekker is assigned with the objective of rescuing the leader from the most high-security facility known to the Grisha universe: The Ice Court. Kaz recruits five different people, each with their individual issues and strange talents, to help him, with the promise of splitting the cash, of course.
The characters are incredibly lovable, even though they are all criminals and murderers. The second book is just as good as this one, and made me bawl my eyes out, so I would highly recommend reading that one, too!