Tuesday, March 13, 2012


The other day on Twitter I came across an article published in the Mail called "Reading a book really is better the second time round - and can even offer mental health benefits." I completely agree! I've reread several things in the past several years for the second time, and found those stories to be much more wonderful the second time around.

Here are a few of my favorite rereads:

Lord of the Flies (blog post coming soon on this one) by William Golding
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Pride and Prejudice (OK, anything Jane Austen)
The Color Purple (turning 30 this year, by the way) by Alice Walker
A Wrinkle in Time (my most recent reread) by Madeleine L'Engle
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Diary of Anne Frank
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

What are your favorite rereads?


  1. I don't do a lot of rereading since my stack of unread books makes me feel guilty! Now that I see there are health benefits to reading books again, I may have to change my ways!

    I have reread Jane Eyre several times, and of course Jane Austen's works have been read a few times. I think To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite to read again. I have Gone With the Wind on my list to read again this year!

  2. I love rereading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have my mother's copy of the book from when she was growing up. There are a few pictures in that book and she used a pen to color through the face of a character she did not like! :)

  3. I love re-reading books! I think it's way more meaningful than only reading new things. Any book that's truly good is worth reading again, but my most frequent re-reads are the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. They're YA novels, but are well written, are full of rich and dynamic characters, and have engaging plots. I often re-read them when I'm feeling in need of courage. You should read them, Betsy! Check them out here: http://meganwhalenturner.org/Novels.html