Reading books is probably the best method of escapism – whether you do it to get away from reality, to relax or just experience new things (yes, it is possible!). There are many books that I would like to reread, and this is because of two reasons: 1. When I read the the first time, I didn’t fully understand them and 2. I enjoyed reading them the first time and want to have faith in good literature…
100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
I first read this book 3 years ago under a very short deadline for my course at university. Although I read the whole text, attended lectures and did coursework on this text, I never had the opportunity to fully enjoy the tragedy and solitude of the characters. Being a complex book, 100 Years of Solitude is a masterpiece that has received recognition from readers across the globe, which makes it a novel I would definitely read again.
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Having a special attachment to Gone with the Wind, I recommend this book to readers who love historical fiction. This is one of my first big novels and I have reread it twice since – each time finding it a completely different book due to the rich and complex characters and setting.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
When I first read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, I didn’t fully comprehend the references to mythology and history. Now, after I have read Ulysses and read about Greek mythology, this book appears to be the best text to read as it draws on so many events and characters from the past. The book describes the complexity of love, lust and marriage, in the backdrop of the World War while using mythology – makes it a definite addition to the rereading list!
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex is the first book I have read about hermaphrodites, and what an introduction it was. I was hooked onto this book from the very first page, wanting to know how the story unravels and how each character plays out. Again, a book that incorporates history and complex characters, Middlesex is a book I would read again to restore my faith in literature.
Harry Potter 1-7 – J.K. Rowling
Growing up in the Harry Potter craze years, I was one of the young readers who waited a year or so for each book to be released – with no movies being made. The reason I want to read these book again is because I want to connect all the loose ends in my mind and understand the story from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong, I know what happens in Harry Potter, however Rowling has written the last books with a lot of retrospective from the first few books (which I read when I was 12), so considering this, I do have some questions in mind that will only be answered when reread the entire series.