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Taking a moment this week to reflect on books that I would like to re-read.
1. Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
I first read this book way back (roughly 11 years ago) in my early high school years. I instantly fell in love with it to the point it inspired me to try and write a similar creepy story (it has since been lost as it was written on an old dinosaur of a computer). As it has been over a decade, I vaguely remember what the book was about. The story is set in Victorian England with a teen boy, a teen girl with special powers and a murderous carriage driver (Jack the Ripper comes to mind when I think about the villain). While I did love this story, time has stolen most of my memory of it. However, Goodreads provides a much better synopsis for those interested. It was about a year ago I remembered this book and by remember I mean the poor synopsis I gave above. I DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER THE TITLE OR AUTHOR! To be fair, I knew it was The Haunting, but after that my mind went blank. I believe I searched for this book on and off for over a year. Typing in variations of “victorian era books fiction”, “victorian era books, jack the ripper, fiction”, “victorian fiction, England, haunted girl” and etc. into Google. I was quite close to using a service to aid in my search for this book when one day, I was successful in my endeavors. I am excited to re-read this book from my teen years, but I am slightly apprehensive as my tastes may have changed (or improved) since then. Even if I find I do not like the book, I do hope it does not ruin how much I loved it back then.
2. Blood & Chocolate
Now this is a book I would never pick up in the present day. However, after having searched a year for The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, I was thrown back down the memory lane of books I had read during that time (early teens). Blood and Chocolate was one of them. I remember being so proud of myself for finishing this book in two days (a record that I have still yet to beat after all this time). My whole world belonged to this book for two whole days. I couldn’t fathom doing or thinking about anything else other than simply finishing the story. I truly believe I would have finished this book in one day, if my Mom hadn’t asked me to do chores, eat, or basically function like a normal human being. I also recall being excited about the movie and being utterly upset at how they ruined it. (I’m forever bitter about it). I hated the way the book ended initially, but came to terms with it. Unlike the movie which gave me the ending I had initially wanted. (Bitter. Forever.). Blood and Chocolate was one of my top favorite books and it even traveled with me to college where I then sold it at a Half Price Books with a few other books for a mere $5.00. I was low on cash and wanted to go to a party out of town with some friends that weekend. (Not my proudest moment). I’m excited to read this, but will probably think it all silly compared to my initial thoughts of it when reading it at the age of 15.
3. Harry Potter series
The last time I re-read the series was my Senior year and last semester of college. I had broken off a year long, nasty and extremely toxic relationship a couple of months prior and was still dealing with all the fall out. Oddly, the Harry Potter series helped me heal. I know, it sounds so cliche, but it kept me sane. While HP was a great read while growing up, that was all it ever was to me. Now, I’ve joined the club of people who say, “HP was XYZ for me.” It’s been a few years and I am itching to do a re-read. The releases of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantasical Beasts and Where to Find Them have given birth to the urge to relive the wonder of Hogwarts and the Wizarding World.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird
This was a standard high school read and we even watched the movie. I know I did not appreciate the book as I should have at the wonderful age of 15. I want to re-read this classic, as I am sure there was plenty that sailed over my head.
5. The House on Mango Street
I first read this book in college for a modern English class. I loved it, I still love it and I simply want to re-read it again just for fun. I also plan to read other works by Cisneros.
What books would you like to re-read? Do you have any favorites that you re-read often? Have your thoughts and opinions changed due to re-reading a book? Share your answers in the comments down below!
Until next post,