As I mentioned in my Challenges and Goals post last week, one of the challenges I’ve set myself this year is to reread at least 10 of my favourite books.
Not many books make it onto my ‘books-I-can-read-again-and-again list, but the ones that have, have been neglected since I started blogging. Hence, this challenge.
The only thing left to do is to decide which 10 I want to reread this year. There are some I want reread for particular reasons, and others that I try to read once a year regardless. And then there are books that I count as favourites but that I’ve never gotten round to rereading.
Here are the books I’ve decided on so far, and I need your help to pick the rest!
1. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) by Phillip Pullman: It’s been a good few years since I last read this so it’s long over-due another read. Plus, my mum is taking me to Iceland to *hopefully* see The Northern Lights in February, so what better book to get me all the more excited!? Eeeek!
2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: I still love this book. It’s trashy and flawed but I just can’t help but love it. GET OFF MY BACK. Last year was probably the first year since the book came out that I haven’t read it. I’m getting withdrawals.
3. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie: This is my favourite book of all time. I failed to read it in 2013 so it’s a must.
4. Sunshine by Robin Mckinley: I want to reread this before getting my hands on Shadows.
5, 6 & 7 The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I’ve read The Hunger Games 4 times, because clearly it is amazing. But I’ve only read the other two once each and my recollection of them is patchy, which I’m not happy about.
8. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey: I love James Frey (which I’ve already declared once before) and this book was brilliantly insane. I’ve only managed to read it once since it came out in 2011.
And so, to your help. I have 6 more books in the running and only two spaces left, so please vote for your favourite below, or the one the you’d most like to read a review of. More details about the books below
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.
Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning.
She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets–what turned one to ice and the other to fire.
A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant
At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her family is not pleased – as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has ‘strangler’s hands’. Katie can’t decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband’s former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.
Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out…Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?
‘The 10th Kingdom’ is a contemporary drama set in a fantasy world where magic and fairy tale characters come to life. This is an Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups and children alike, a witty and satirical reflection of contemporary society told as an epic tale of good versus evil. Follow the thrilling adventures of Virginia and Tony, a father and daughter from New York, who unwittingly find themselves in a parallel universe known as The Nine Kingdoms. Virginia and Tony join forces with a schizophrenic man-wolf, and Prince, a handsome golden retriever formally known as Prince Wendell, grandson of Snow White until his wicked stepmother turned him into a dog. The unlikely heroes then embark on an epic quest to save Prince from the evil Queen and restore him to the throne.