It’s the second day of the week! It’s also time for a Top 5 Tuesday update. Top 5 Tuesdays was originally created by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm but is now currently being hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.
This week’s topic: Top 5 Books I Want to Re-read
Honestly, I am not a big re-reader although I understand the need for rereading. Rereading does give us a fresher perspective of the book that we have just read. In my case, I haven’t been rereading this past decade because I have too many unread books I am planning to tick off. It is not because I want to but my growing pile of unread books is precluding me from rereading. When I was younger, when I had fewer books, I reread several books from my limited collection but it is impossible to do so now. Nevertheless, there are some books I do want to reread for a variety of reasons as well. Without more ado, here are the top five books I want to reread.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I am a big fan of Khaled Hosseini. My first Hosseini novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, already won me over with its vivid images of Afghanistan, its diverse people, and its colorful history and culture. I had the same experience with And the Mountains Echoed. However, it was his debut novel, The Kite Runner, which was also my latest Hosseini novel, that really captivated me. The story of Amir his relationship with his father struck the proverbial chords. On the backdrop, the tumultuous story of Kabul, and Afghanistan in general, also appealed to me. It is for all these reasons that I want to reexperience The Kite Runner despite its heavy themes.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Also on top of books, rather series, I want to reread is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. I loved this wonderful mix of magic, fantasy, friendship, loyalty, and tinges of romance. I read the entire series in a month when I was still studying in university; I don’t know how I was able to manage that considering that I have two major subjects during that semester. Nonetheless, I loved it, just how I loved the movie adaptations. Maybe if I have the time, I will immerse and lose myself in the magic of Hogwarts.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore was just my second Haruki Murakami, after laboring through the mammoth novel 1Q84. The first taste of Murakami’s brand of surrealism in 1Q84 left me in a dazzled state and I was hoping that Kafka on the Shore would give me some clarity. The opposite happened. I got even more perplexed by the story where fishes fell from the sky and an enigmatic cat is on the prowl. There were too many eccentric elements that threw me off guard. I didn’t relish the experience to say the least but I was willing to give the book a second chance after encountering several glowing reviews of the book. I even bought a copy of the book; I initially read an ebook copy. I am still hoping to reread the novel in the coming months (or sadly, years) to find out what I have been missing on.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I am also a big Agatha Christie and it was largely because of this novel, Murder on the Orient Express. It was my first ever Christie novel which I finally decided to read after a friend earnestly recommended the Queen of Suspense to me. The timing was also right for my interest in mystery and detective fiction started to wane at that point in time. Murder on the Orient Express, with its suspenseful plot, filled me with awe, and resuscitated my interest for detective fiction. I have since then read more than twenty Christie novels and I have some more in my reading list. However, it would be great to go back to where it all started.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Here is another read from my university days. Back then, I barely had any iota on classic English literature but I made a gamble when I read Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; I had a challenging time with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice so I was hoping Great Expectations would somehow change my perspective about classic literature. And it did! The story of Pip, Miss Havisham and its “Dickensian” cast made a deep impression on me. I enjoyed the novel and Pip’s growth. The novel made me a fan of Dickens and given the chance, I want to relive this experience.
Doing this Top Five Tuesday post made me realize that I do have a long list of books I want to read and these five are just representatives of my growing list. I hope you enjoyed my list! What about you? What books do you want to reread? I hope you could share it in the comment box. Have a great Tuesday everyone! Have a great week ahead!