Books I Could Re-read Forever

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 30 Comments

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my Crossing booklist!

In The Queen of the Tearling, people were allowed to take a maximum of ten books with them to the new world.  Books, while culturally important and sentimental, are heavy and technically unnecessary unless they contained medical information… so each passenger was allowed a maximum of ten.  These are fiction, or books that were close to peoples’ hearts.  Not a desert island booklist – these books did not need to have any practical value.

You’ll be delighted to hear that in Queen of the Tearling, all 7 Harry Potter books made the Crossing.  Mine only has one.  I’m hoping someone else will take care of the other 6?

To qualify for my Crossing Booklist, the books must be reread-able.  They must make me feel.  They must have characters who are like friends.  I have replaced two books on this list in the last eight months, and it is hard to choose which books fall off the list.

These are my Ultimate Favorites.

Tread carefully.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling

love Prisoner of Azkaban.  Love it.  I love the fact that the trio is a trio the whole time and I love the time travel and I love Hermione punching Draco.  I love the movie, too.  I love the lack of Voldemort for once.  I love the Marauders.  I love the addition of Sibyl Trelawny and Divination Class. “You’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy about it?” I  DIE RON.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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Tess of the Road

by Rachel Hartman

I love Tess.  I love love love love love Tess.  I love her more than just about any other character ever.  I love the journey and the Road.  I love her calm acceptance and her slow recovery.  I love the mythology laden into this tale.  I love the relationship between Tess and Seraphina.  I love her boisterous personality AND her quiet contemplation.  I wanted to reread this the moment I finished it.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

Did you know that, after the Bible, more copies have been sold of Gone With the Wind than any other book?  That’s what it says on the Goodreads description of my copy.  For good reason – Scarlett, for one.  Talk about girl power (even when society finds her repulsive, she is strong as f***).  Rhett’s character growth.  The rich depth of the world building.  Even with the racism (written in 1939), this is an easy classic.  And Melly! <3

-> goodreads

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The Book Thief

by Marcus Zusak

How can you not love Liesl? And Rudy? And Papa and Mama and everyone? EVERYONE?  Well, I mean, except the whole general German Reicht thing.  BUT MAX.  This book broke my heart in seventeen million ways.  I am still finding pieces of my heart in places.  It’s so beautifully written and wonderful and I love it.  I love how they survive and never entirely lose hope.  I hate the ending.

-> goodreads

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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

This one’s a bit weird because I almost DNF’d it… and now it’s on this list.  But so deservedly.  It has a slow start, but then there’s the Circus itself and how crap amazing world building.  You can basically taste the treats and see the origami zoo and I adore it.  I love all the characters, big and small (though if I’m being honest… especially the small).  I got lost in this book, completely.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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The Gunslinger

by Stephen King

I just… really like this series.  Even though The Gunslinger doesn’t have my favorite character, Eddie Dean, it is the one that can stand alone as a single book.  What I really love, to be honest, is Wizard and Glass, but that one stands a bit oddly on its own.  There are so many lines of text in this book that are heavily resonating.  I love the grittiness of it and I love Jake.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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Anne of Green Gables

by L.M Mongomery

There is no child in literature more beloved than Anne Shirley.  I could take almost every line of dialogue from this book and add it to my “favorite quotes” list.  While the whole series is delightful, this first book is the one closest to my heart.  We meet all the most important people, Anne grows but remains entirely herself.  Even though it was written 100 years ago, it is still relatable and amazing.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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Feed by M.T. AndersonFeed

by M.T. Anderson

This book is so well-hated, and I don’t care.  I adore it.  I love that the characters are harsh and shallow, save one.  I love the world.  I love the slang.  I love the warnings of technological revolution.  I adore Violet’s outbursts and the meat farm and all the bits and pieces that make this story interesting and concerning and I will reread it over and over again.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Two dystopias!  I actually bounce back and forth between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire for this list – I like the additional characters in Catching Fire and I like the arena better… but we get more of Katniss in The Hunger Games, and of course… there’s Rue.  I love this dark, twisted world presented as normal, and I love Katniss and her refusal to acknowledge her love triangle.

-> goodreads
-> my review

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The Red Tent

by Anita Diamant

There is something liberating reading this story of one woman’s power after being raised in a faith that demeaned women’s intelligence and importance.  Besides all that, Dinah is sad and beautiful.  I love the circle of mothers and the way everyone laughs in the Red Tent and how the women twist their men to their will when needed.  That soft, secret power is delicious.

-> goodreads

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks:

“Books I Could Re-read Forever”

 

Fun fact:  When I first wrote out my draft notes for this week’s prompt, I wrote out the ten titles you see here, then cross-referenced my Top Ten on Goodreads.  Yup.  Nailed it.

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If you could only pick 10 books to take with you to a new world, which would you choose?

Have you read any of my top ten?

Did you hate any of my top ten (warning: I will fight you! 😛 )
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30 responses to “Books I Could Re-read Forever

  1. I’m so enjoying reading everyone’s lists! “Snap” on ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and ‘The Night Circus’ although I’m currently kicking myself because I forgot about ‘The Book Thief’ (how?????) and that so should have been on my list too…

    • Amber

      I am currently in my fourth read of Gone With the Wind! It helps that 3/4 of those have been via audiobook. It’s definitely not something I rush through – more of an hour-a-day sort of thing for a month or so. 🙂

  2. Great post, I love how you adapted the prompt! I will take care of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 🙂
    I would also choose The Book Thief! Other books I would take with me are the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, The Illuminae Files and The Neverending Story.

    • Amber

      Thanks! 😉 Then we are 2/7, almost halfway through the series! 😀

      I haven’t read Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Illuminae, but they are both on my TBR. I hear nothing but good things.

  3. Hailey

    This was such a fun post! I definitely love HP, Anne of Green Gables, Book Thief, Hunger Games, and Night Circus, but I’m not sure they’d make it on the top ten list. Anne and Night Circus probably would. Not sure what other titles I’d bring, but definitely some Leigh Bardugo and some Louisa May Alcott somewhere in there!

    • Amber

      I adore Jo, but it took me a bit to get into Little Women – it’s definitely something I want to revisit. Are there other Louisa May Alcott books you’d recommend? I drive by her house on my way home from work and have a soft spot for her. 🙂

  4. Saxmei

    Feed, feed, feed!!! Yes!!! This was such an amazing story, and no one appreciates it!! (I’m sure we’ve discussed that before…)
    I’d have to think long and hard before whittling to ten, but I know Feed would be on mine too, and probs Carry On from Rainbow Rowell. Also the Captive Prince, but that’s a trilogy, so it would really cut into my other options. Maybe just book 2.
    (AlsoPrisonerOfAzkabanIsTheBestHPBookHandsDown)

    • Amber

      OH MY GOSH WHAT MAGIC IS THIS.

      YOU COMMENTED. YOU BEAUTIFUL LURKER YOU.

      Feed is sooo underappreciated and we’ve DEFINITELY had this conversation. I have converted at least three people and am still crusading for it.

      I reaaaally want to read Carry On, but I have to read Fangirl first… which I own, and it’s in the eternal TBR jar so who knows. :'(

      • Saxmei

        I lurk every post!!!! It is my hidden talent!

        And okay, I loved, loved, LOVED Fangirl, but Carry On was just on a completely other level. It is without a doubt the gold standard for LGBTQ Fiction (IMHO), and the chemistry between characters in classically Rainbow, and absolutely spectacular! I think you could definitely cheat and read Carry On first. It’s less heavy emotionally than fangirl, and is a super quick read in spite of the size!

        • Amber

          Good to know! Tbh we’ll see. I have to make myself stick to my TBR Jar and read-things-in-the-order-they’re-added rules and any mutiny will cause massive chaos to ensue. XD But it IS on the TBR, and at the rate my audiobooks vs. hardbacks is going… I may get to it first anyway!

          Except now I’m co-listening to both Gone With the Wind and The Stand, and they’re both 48 hours long, and are apparently demanding my soul.

  5. ‘the prisoner of azkaban’ is my favorite harry potter book

    I love ‘the book thief’ though I keep spelling thief wrong.

    ‘anne of green gables’ is definitely a favorite of my though when I frist read it, I didn’t even like it but then I re-read it again & love it, well, not quite the rest of the series

    have a lovely day.

    • Amber

      Have you seen any of the film adaptations of Anne of Green Gables? There was a Canadian miniseries from the 80s-90s ish that I watched as a child long before I read the book – I think that definitely encouraged my love for the story. 🙂

      • do you mean the three movies with megan follows? I love those, well, I love the first two but the third is a bit off. I think seeing these movies did get me to read the books too.

        have a lovely day.

        • Amber

          Those are the ones I’ve seen! There is a Netflix series now (that I have no interest in)… I think Megan Follows was incredible, but agree with you on the third count: the first two were better than the third.

  6. Jo

    Love the way you did this week’s TTT, I’ve never read Queen of The Tearling! Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourites too, I specified that one and number 4 as the particular Harry Potter books I’d want to read over and over again. The Book Thief was on my list too. I didn’t include The Hunger Games, but I would definitely like to reread that one at some point.

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    • Amber

      Queen of the Tearling was one of those books that came up with a lot of hype, then sort of disappeared. It sold film rights and had Emma Watson attached to the project even before publication. I really enjoyed it (and would still like to see a film version, though I don’t think that will happen anymore) and I definitely recommend it.

    • Amber

      Gone With the Wind is *such* a rich story! I definitely wholeheartedly recommend The Red Tent! I’ve also read The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant and while it wasn’t Top Ten material for me, it is really good, too! 🙂