Happy Friday-of-a-long-weekend, Everyone!
I saw on the news this morning how busy of a travel weekend this has become – people jetting off to a big city, to the beach, even to Europe. My Husband and I were somewhat surprised. To me, Memorial Day weekend (and Labor Day weekend) are times when you stay home and hang out at the pool (or the sofa) and just relax. IF traveling is involved, it’s a 3-hour (or less) road trip.
But, what do I know? I hope everyone has a great weekend!
As we are getting into summer-mode, I see a lot of “Best Beach Reads Ever” and “Summer Reading” lists everywhere. As I am in the middle of #100daysofskTBRpile … and focusing on OTHER books I want to read instead 😁, I am going to share with you my
Five Favorite Books to Reread
Yes, I am one of those types of readers who loves to go back and read a book again. Sometimes it is just a chapter or 5, but sometimes it is the entire book. I do this when I don’t want to take a chance on a new book and it making me sad or pissing me off. Stick with the ones you know will have a happy ending! (if that’s what you are looking for.)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
This is my all-time favorite book, ever. I have reread it more times than I can even guess. I am guessing you already know mostly what this one is about.
Also, I am not so snobbish that I don’t like the movies/adaptations.
This is my favorite movie
But this one is pretty awesome, too
Hell, I even thought this was funny
2. Soulless by Gail Carriger
I LOVED this first book in a series of 5. I made myself finish the entire series. I did not care for the rest as much. The 5th book (Timeless) DID redeem the series and provided many answers and closure, but man, those middle three were a struggle.
In Soulless, we meet Alexia Tarabotti – she’s the one who has no soul (#spoiler). Don’t worry, that is known up front. This series is steampunk, Victorian London with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, mechanical contraptions, and some very silly humans. I DO love the world Ms. Carriger created, I just didn’t like the direction the characters went in books 2, 3, and 4.
3. Suddenly by Candace Camp
This is a cheesy romance novel that I read in college, but if I ever want to read a book that I have to do no thinking about, this is my go-to.
This is set in regency-era London, has silly and sweet romance, a murder mystery, kidnapping, random stray animals who disrupt the life of a very button-downed Earl. Again, this isn’t a deep read, but when I need a book that I know will end happily, I go for this one.
4. Just this Once by Jill Gregory
Here is another romance novel. I TOLD you I was going for easy and happy ending! 🙂
This one is another regency-era (it’s always been my favorite time-period), but this one STARTS in America and then jumps the pond to end up in England. Gunfighter, orphan looking for a family, American outlaws teaming up with London gutter rats, etiquette lessons, love, and a happy ending. It kind of has everything.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Yes, I’m trying to redeem myself a little here, but I truly DO love this book. This novel is fairly short (roughly 200 pages, depending on which printing you have), but there is so much to the story.
Other people can sometimes say it best:
“Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.”
This one might be a little more than a stereotypical “beach read,” but I REALLY don’t think you would be disappointed picking it up.
What is YOUR favorite book to reread? OR do you NOT reread books = once and done?