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August 21, 2018

Books to re-read or more accurately, favorite books

Top Ten Tuesday
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Books to pull you out of a reading slump.' I'm changing it slightly to 'Books I will re-read if and when I think the books I have already set out to read somehow doesn't interest me.' So yes, these are books that will get me out of any reading slump but it's mostly a list of old and new favorite books that I can re-read without getting bored.  (I may have listed these books a few times before especially #1, 2 & 7 if you have read my previous blogs.)


01/ Gathering the Water by Robert Edric  > link
now that I think about it, I'm not sure why I love this book as the story is kind of bleak and it's not one of those 'people gets happy at the end' sort of books but I guess I like the way it's written and it just has a certain mood, like a sad song that makes you happy

Favorite Quote: "Starting anew, I began to discern the light and the landmarks of the possible future. There was a time in between, of course — a period of confusion in which life went on and I acted out my part within it — but it was never starting anew, never a rebirth, merely a succession of lesser endings, during which I severed my ties one after another — my family, my work, my connection to Helen's family, to her sister, to my colleagues, and finally upon reaching the shapeless centre of that darkness, my hopes and expectations for the future."


02/ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte  > link
or any Bronte books although Agnes Grey has become my favorite of all of them, I like that Agnes Grey is a quiet story, one that you can enjoy without too much complicated plots

Favorite Quote: "All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. Whether this be the case with my history or not, I am hardly competent to judge; I sometimes think it might prove useful to some, and entertaining to others, but the world may judge for itself; shielded by my own obscurity, and by the lapse of years, and a few fictitious names, I do not fear to venture, and will candidly lay before the public what I would not disclose to the most intimate friend."


03/ Poison by Bridget Zinn  > link
I love this book even if it's imperfect and it makes me laugh and sadly the author, Bridget Zinn, has passed away and will not be writing any more delightful gems like this

Favorite Quote: "How you look isn't about the face you were born with, it's what you do with it."


04/ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  > link
I don't remember when I first read this book but I did loved it the moment I read it

Favorite Quote: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."


05/ The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman  > link
I really love the writing in this book

Favorite Quote: “How could I tell the doctor what was wrong with me? I didn't understand it myself. I couldn't articulate the pain; it was the pain of nothingness. My fear was of the weather, the atmosphere, the very air. What good did safety tips do me now? 'Avoid water, metal objects, rooftops; stay off the telephone in a storm, don't think glass can protect you; even if a storm was 8 miles away, you're still not safe from a strike. Avoid life perhaps that was the answer. The number one safety tip, stay away from it all.”


06/ Emily's Ghost: a novel of the Bronte sisters by Denise Giardina  > link
I think I re-read this tons of times and I still think it's one of the best Bronte sisters retelling there is although I still think there is too much Charlotte and not enough Emily

Favorite Quote: "Emily possessed an undercurrent of passion he found unsettling. He doubted her reserve grew from shyness. Emily was feline in her watchfulness, and perhaps as dangerous. Like Anne, she was at first quiet in his presence. That changed, and she entered into seemingly reluctant conversation. He took it for a compliment. Emily weighed him in some personal balance, and then decided he was somewhat worthy of her notice."


07/ Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber  > link
very funny, totally love this book, I've always associated this book with Gathering the Water by Robert Edric because I read them at the same time - though they are vastly different books, I find they seems like companions to each other, I can't mention one without the other

Favorite Quote:  "Because the happy moment was lasting all day long. It was an endless happy moment, an inexplicable thing I didn't trust – something so extraordinary and awesome that only a complicated, paranoid evil plot could balance out the universe."

08/ The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede  > link
especially books 1 & 2: Dealing with dragons and Searching for dragons, there is so much fun in this series but I was a bit disappointed that the 3rd and 4th book aren't told in the perspective of Cimorene or Mendanbar

Favorite Quote: "Kazul's not my dragon," Cimorene said sharply. "I'm her princess. You'll never have any luck dealing with dragons if you don't get these things straight."
- from Searching for dragons


09/ Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver  > link
not sure I have the exact words to describe this book but I know I love reading and re-reading it

Favorite Quote: "I don't have to be anything," the ghost replied, sounding irritated. "I am what I am and that's all. Things are different on the Other Side, you know. Things are... blurrier."


10/ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  > link
actually any one of Austen's book would do except Mansfield Park - I can't seem to get into that book but I do find Pride and Prejudice to be the most enjoyable

Favorite Quote: "You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever."


What are some of your favorite re-reads?

More Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl here.

15 comments:

  1. Oh.. Emily's Ghost looks so good. Will add it to my TBR. Thanks. My TTT list

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    1. if you love the Bronte sisters, you might love this, for me, I loved how each sister is portrayed here and even though it's fictional, I sort of can imagine this could have happened. I hope you get to read it.

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  2. I enjoyed your favourite quotes, all so good thanks for sharing!

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    1. quotes are just so much fun and I like discovering them.

      thank you for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  3. I think the Wrede books look awesome! And I should read P & P some day...

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    1. the enchanted forest chronicles are a lot of fun, I think it's mostly due to all the wonderful characters but the story itself is just so much fun.

      I actually read pride & prejudice first so I guess it's why I thought that book that most enjoyable.

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    1. I think so too since these are some of my favorite, I have a lot of favorites.

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  5. I love Pride and Prejudice! I haven't read any of the other books you mentioned but I've been wanting to read some of them for years! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. 'pride and prejudice' introduced me to Jane Austen and it's been a favorite of mine, second to 'persuasion.' I hope you check out the other books on my list.

      thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  6. I just wanted to drop in and say that I LOVE the asthetic, visuals, ideas and words of your blog so much! I wanted to write this once a long time ago, but I couldn't leave a comment for some technical reason. When I have some time in maybe 2 weeks, I'm going to try and go through your posts!

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    1. also, a completely random question - but did you delete old posts? I definitely remembered visiting your blog way back. Hopefully this isn't a personal question!

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    2. blogger has recently changed a few in the comment section so it's a bit harder to leave a comment if you're not using google but I'm glad you got through.


      I recently moved from another blog and that's why there's very few posts here. you can still read my old posts there - https://rainswept7.blogspot.com/

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  7. Thanks for the recommendations. I've only read To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride & Prejudice from your list. I think I would enjoy Liesl & Po. I love Lauren Oliver's adult and YA books.

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    1. I have read Lauren Oliver's 'replica' books and they are good. I might read her other books but don't quite have an interest in them at the moment.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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