It has been nearly a year since I reread a book. When you have a to-read list on Goodreads that is more than double the size of your read shelf, (I think I have 1800 books on my to read shelf), it’s difficult to find time to reread books. If I had infinite time on my hands, these are the 7 books that I really want to reread…
1. Interview with the Vampire by: Anne Rice
This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside.
I first read Interview with the Vampire when I was in high school. It was so different, hypnotic and captivating. Louis and Lestat seemed to just jump right off the page and into my mind. If there is one thing that I adore about Anne Rice (and there are many things), it is her ability to create characters who just come to life effortlessly.
My review of Interview with the Vampire.
2. Anna Karenina by: Leo Tolstoy
Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.
If I ever read Anna Karenina again, I will need to have a lot of time on my hands to plow through this nearly 1000 page book. When I read Anna Karenina, I was only in high school. It would be nice to revisit this brick-of-a-book when I am older with a greater understanding of life.
3. Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On is like a love letter in novel form to fangirls everywhere. Carry On is a spin off of Rowell’s book Fangirl. The main character in Fangirl, Cath, writes Simon Snow fan fiction and throughout the course of the novel she is working on a story called “Carry On Simon.” I read Carry On about a month before I read Fangirl, and I loved Simon Snow and Baz. It is just such a fun read, I can’t wait to chuckle outloud and swoon again. Continue reading