The Re-Read Frenzy

So, now that Summer has rolled around and changes are hitting the Midsummer team (Jess is starting a new job and Olyvia is moving to Texas) we have both been caught up in re-reading some of our favorites. Re-reading can be something that can make you feel comfortable and as if you are hanging out with an old friend.  There is also something to be said about how re-reading can encourage children to continue to discover new novels and stories similar to those they already love.  In fact, I really think that re-reading was a huge influence on how much I adore reading today.

Although, to be fair, the first book I liked to re-read was The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss and I didn’t so much read it as I had it memorized and would randomly flip the pages to make it look like I was reading! (I was a precocious kid)

Another benefit of re-reading favorites is that you will always find something new.  I’m yet to re-read a novel and be unsurprised by a small detail I’ve never noticed or even had a specific sentence or scene jump out at me in a whole new way.  It’s so fun.

From two book nerds to you: here are some of our favorite re-reads and why we enjoy taking time out of our busy reading schedule to sit back down and remember why we loved them in the first place.

Olyvia: It helps when I’m in a reading slump, but also when I can’t choose what to read next, if I go back to my favorites I’ll usually pick something new but similar.

Olyvia’s Go-To Re-Reads

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Anything Libba Bray.

Jessica’s Go-To Re-Reads: 

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

What are some of your favorite re-reads?  What book do you always turn to in time of reading slump or indecision?

If anything, you can take this from our post: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is definitely a series you should pick up, read, and re-read.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Classic Books

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
If you think that the Bella/Edward romance is a little destructive, just wait until you read about Catherine & Heathcliff’s!

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Most people read it and just roll their eyes in the idea that it seems like something a drug user should read…but this whimsical tale is way more important than that.

3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
It is the namesake of my blog, and it’s one of the funniest plays I’ve ever read.

4. King Lear by William Shakespeare
For a tragedy, there is a lot of comedy in this play. The story is a classic.

5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
What better way to teach yourself about Communism?

6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fantastical realism has never been better.

7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I think it is safe to say that Shelley’s story definitely won out during the Haunted Summer.

8. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
How can you not love a book that encourages female sexuality that was written in 1899 AND was banned for its so-called explicit content? It is brilliantly written and is still relevant today.

9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
This one is on here just from being one of my favorite childhood books, I mean who didn’t cry when they couldn’t be together forever?!

10. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux
While I love the musical, the original story is much more terrifying and entertaining.

What are some of your classic novels? Maybe I’ve read some, and if not, I’d love to read them!

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors in my Reading Journey

1. The Babysitters Club Novels
-Ann Martin sure knew how to make me wish that I worked around children for a living.  However, after babysitting a few times, I definitely didn’t want to do that anymore!  But the books are the first series that I ever binge-read.

2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch Novels
-I was a huge fan of the movie and the show, so it was only natural that I would love to read the books too.  2nd Binge-read series!

3. Breaking Nova
– I had never read any New Adult novels, but Sorensen’s novel was one that I just couldn’t put down and I have read almost half of her stuff ever since!

4. California Diaries
-Another Ann Martin series that started with Dawn from the Babysitter’s club, and even spanned problems with family and eating disorders.

5. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Classics)
-This was actually the first Shakespeare play I ever read, and considering that most students are exposed to his tragedies first, I think it really played a role in me developing a deeper love

6. Jessica Darling
-Megan McCafferty’s series was really the entry way to modern Young Adult fiction for me, because before that it all seemed like it was still fairly juvenile until I read this.

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
-When I read this book, a new obsession was born.  I just have had to learn everything I could about the treatment of the mentally ill throughout history and the world.  It has now become a passion project.

8. Animal Farm
-This novel was definitely my gateway into Marxist literary theory and the application of Communist tropes in literature.  I ended up using Marx in my Master’s thesis and it remains one of my favorite literary lenses to use when reading.

9. Helter Skelter
-This was the first novel I read that was featured in the True Crime genre, and it really opened my eyes to the horrors of murder and the justice system as it was in the past.

10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
-My all time favorite children’s novel.  It incited my love for Children’s Literature and I have been unable to put it down ever since.

 

What are some of your gateway series/books?

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