Books I’d Like to Reread

So little time

Over a year ago Cathy shared a list of books she would like to reread. I enjoyed looking at her list and thought I’d make my own some day.

I’ve reread some books multiple times: Little Women and its two sequels by Louisa May Alcott, the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Jane Eyre, some of Jane Austen’s and Dickens’ books, the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery, Jan Karon’s Mitford series, biographies like Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot, Goforth of China and Climbing by Rosalind Goforth, Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houghton, By Searching and In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn, Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose, and others. I wrote here about reasons to reread, but the chief reason is that I glean more from the books each time I read them.

Books I want to read

But there are so many new books I’d love to read, I don’t get to reread the old ones as much as I’d like. Maybe I ought to set a goal to reread at least one a year – at least I’d get to some that way.

So here are some that I’d like to reread some day:

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot. I love both of these ladies, but I’ve only gotten to this book once.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. I have read this a couple of times, but there is so much to it, I could probably reread it every year and still learn something new.

Knowing God by J. I. Packer. I just read this for the first time 2 1/2 years ago. Somehow I missed it all the years I heard people raving about it. But I’ve already forgotten so much, I’d like to read it again.

When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Stephen Estes is one of the best books on suffering I have read (A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot and Rose From Brier by Amy Carmichael are two more). I’ve read the others 2-3 times but somehow hadn’t gotten back to this one. But I’d love to.

Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I’ve also read this a couple of times, but it has been too long. It deeply impacted me on my first reading.

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. This one is not as old as the others I have listed, but it was an instant favorite.

The Fruitful Wife: Cultivating a Love Only God Can Produce by Hayley DiMarco. This is also a newish one, discussing the fruit of the Spirit particularly in relation to marriage. But it’s another that I would benefit from rereading regularly.

Mark of the Lion series, Francine Rivers. This fictional trilogy about life just after the time of Christ was riveting.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I first read it nine years ago, and at 1440+ pages, it will be a major undertaking if I ever read it again. But it became one of my top three favorite novels (Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities being the other two).

The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien. This would be another massive undertaking. But they’re so good.

Janette Oke books. Janette started my love for Christian fiction. It’s been ages since I read these, and I’d love to revisit them and see how they come across to me now.

Now that I’ve gotten the ball rolling mentally, several others are coming to mind. But these would be at the top of the list.

How about you? Are there any books you’d love to reread but haven’t gotten to? Or favorites that you’ve read several times?

Keep the ideas

(Sharing with Literary Musing Monday)

8 thoughts on “Books I’d Like to Reread

  1. Jan Karon’s books are one of the few fiction books that I collect and keep, Barbara. John Grisham and Nicholas Sparks join her on those shelves. Most all other fiction was left behind in our big move 3 years ago.

    All that to say, I do LOVE our local library system. So grateful to be able to access so much of what I want to read … even Christian books!

    • We had to give away a lot of books, too, when we moved here 8 years ago. We brought two bookcases with us but left two built-ins behind. I don’t keep nearly as much fiction as I used to, but I have tons of classics and biographies. And I do have Jan Karon’s books as well!

  2. There are some books I do do want to reread. I want to reread Les Misérables, but not in a limited amount of time. I read it in the time span of one summer, but I want to read it at a slower pace. I want to reread Great Expectations and Tale of Two Cities: I enjoyed them but have no idea why I even liked those in the first place.

    • It took me several tries to compete Tale of Two Cities, but when I finally did, I immediately reread it. I loved both how it ended and how Dickens set it up. Great Expectations isn’t one of my favorites of his, but I’d love to reread David Copperfield some time.

      • Tale of Two Cities: had hard time at first knowing what city I am in. Hard story to follow.

        Great Expectations: I did enjoy the character of Pip

  3. Seeing this list makes me want to forget everything on my to-do list and go re-read some books! 🙂 There are several on your re-read list that I have not read at all yet (but would love to!). I finally read The Lord of the Rings books just a few years ago, but I’d like to re-read them again one day, now that I know I can understand them. ha.

  4. This is a great list. I set a goal of re-reading 2 books a year. Sometimes a do a summer of re-reads where that is all I read. So far this year I did Redeeming Love. Don’t know what the other will be. I’ve re-read Ribbon of Years by Robin Lee Hatcher quite a few times. And also Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series. It touches me every time so maybe I’ll do that again this year.

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