To Read, To Re-Read and My Recent Reads

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This is a list of books that I want to both start & re-read. I’m not a “Nicholas Sparks” kind of girl (granted, I do have a guilty pleasure for the movies) so carry on if that’s your style. I love real books. Sure, 50 Shades of Grey was entertaining, but there’s nothing like indulging in a genuine novel and escaping the real world.

1.  The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

2.  The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 

3.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – This will obviously be no Harry Potter, but I feel like I have a certain loyalty towards Rowling after she contributed so much to my childhood life

4.  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – I hate to be one of those people that just read books because a movie is being (slash has been) made from it, but I loved this movie & books are always better :)

5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

6. The Ender’s Game Series by Orson Scott Card – read & LOVED the first book but have never finished the series

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Re-Reading the Classics:

7.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – the last time I read this was in high school, so a re-read is definitely in order. Especially with the movie coming out next month (Baz Luhrmann + Leo… what else can you ask for?)

8.  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

9.  The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Yes, I’m serious. If you know me at all, this shouldn’t surprise you. I’m determined to re-read them all from start to finish, since I never have before.

10.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – possibly my favorite book of all time (except for Harry Potter, which is just a given) but I haven’t re-read it in ages

11.  1984 by George Orwell – because I kind of feel like my life in Korea is this book.

Books most recently read:

1.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Great read! Sucks you in (I read 75% of it in one day)

2.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – a lot more twisted than I remember but I guess when you read books in high school, most of it tends to go over your head. Still a great classic, regardless.

3.  50 Shades of Grey series by E.L. James – I feel like authors that have initials as their first name (J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, etc) are only allowed to do so if they write amazing novels. Not poorly written, closet porn. Like I said, it was entertaining, but the terrible and repetitive writing plus horrible plot overall pales in comparison to the outrageous message that this book channels to women – that you should stick with & can change an arrogant, abusive and controlling man into somebody that truly cares about you because he’s rich and good looking. What has this world come to?

4.  Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares – okay, I realize the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants  series is not the most amazing of books, but I started it when I was young and a new one came out last year so I had to read it. It wasn’t half bad, either (make sure to break out the tissue box).

5.  The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – this series probably sparked my desire to read more. I used to read all the time when I was younger but going away to college is quite time consuming. What better time to read than when you’re traveling around the world? The Hunger Games is the first quality book I’ve read since Harry Potter that wasn’t published before the 90’s. Its popularity gave me a little more hope for the world (that was instantly countered once 50 Shades of Grey became the new craze).

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  1. Ceri says: Reply

    You want to check out some Marquis de Sade. If you thought 50 Shades was steamy (which I don’t 😉 ), the Marquis will know your socks off. Haha. Plus it’s a fabulous tick to have on the classics list.

  2. I have only reread a handful of books in my life. And all worth a second look or a second time trhough the adventure. Like the old Calgon commercials….Take Me Away!

  3. HP is a must when it comes to re-reads :)

  4. I have read Harry Potter and Hunger Games, can’t wait to read the rest, you do sound a lot like me so I am guessing I will like the books you like too :)

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