There are books that seem a bit too daunting or completely out of our league the first time we read them. But you will find that after giving them a second go, these books begin to mean so much more to you.
Whether you hated them in high school or loved them the first time around, we’ve got you covered on all the books everyone should read more than once. Here are nine books that were basically written to be reread:
1.Sphinx, Anne Garreta
Synopsis: A beautiful and complex love story between two characters, the narrator, “I,” and their lover, A***, written without using any gender markers to refer to the main characters, Sphinx is a remarkable linguistic feat and paragon of experimental literature that has never been accomplished before or since in the strictly-gendered French language. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): Despite the fact that writing this novel must have been a challenge, reading it is only a treat. Somehow Anne Garreta writes around all gender markers and pronouns without making the reading experience uncomfortable. If only for the amount of work put into this novel, it definitely deserves to be reread.
2. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Synopsis: The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): This is a book many teenagers can relate to. If you read it when you were younger, now might be a good time to revisit J.D. Salinger‘s classic to see how time can change your relationship with the story and the main character.
3. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
Synopsis: The exciting tales of Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training, have taken the world by storm, and fans just can’t get enough of the magical world of Hogwarts and beyond. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): If you’ve only read the Harry Potter series once, I would strongly recommend you to read them again as soon as humanly possible. Every time I reread this series I swear I find something new I never noticed before.
4. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Synopsis: Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): If you were required to read this book in high school and detested it, you definitely need to give it another chance. Chinua Achebe‘s Things Fall Apart is a straight up a masterpiece and accurately portrays the colonial era in Nigeria.
5. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): If you didn’t understand the deeper meaning behind this novel when you were 15, try picking it up again this year. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
6. The Giver, Lois Lowry
Synopsis: The Giver is a 1993 American young adult utopian/dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): This book was one of my first experiences with dystopian fiction, and it did not disappoint. It delivers a message that is easy to understand when you’re young, while still important as an adult—which makes it a perfect candidate to be reread today.
7. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Synopsis: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): Another book constantly assigned in the classroom, but for good reason. If you didn’t catch all that symbolism in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the first time you read it, I can guarantee to reread is worth your time.
8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
Synopsis: Japan’s most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): This book is full of beautifully written passages and philosophical ideas. If the magical realistic plot isn’t enough to pull you back in for a second read, the writing itself should.
9. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
Synopsis: In the village of King’s Abbot, a widow’s sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study—but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow’s blackmailer. — Goodreads
Why we’re reading it (again): If you’ve already read this novel you already know about the amazing twist ending. I’ve literally never been so shocked after finishing a book. The main reason you need to reread The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is so you can pick out each of the tiny clues left purposely by Agatha Christie to the identify the murderer.
Did we miss one of your favorite books on our list?
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