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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 

 TInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)his 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

AnAnna Kareninna 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
Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)

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.

4. Villette by: Charlotte Bronte

Villette  Brontë’s romantic heroine Lucy Snowe, a penniless governess attempting to begin life anew in France, is an exceptional example of a great writer transforming her life into art.

As much as I loved Villette when I read it the first time, I found it to be very very slow. It took me around 8 months to finish, whereas Jane Eyre only took me a week and a half. Villette is a bit like Jane Eyre without the fairy tale elements. It is a completely different story, but the heroines are very similar (perhaps Lucy Snowe is a bit more withdrawn and an observer). I’d like to reread Villette because I’m sure I’d have a different appreciation for the style of Bronte’s writing instead of lamenting over the lack of romance.

5. Faust by: Goethe
Faust: First Part

Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever.

 

When I was finishing up my English degree, I took a course in introduction to world literature. One of the pieces of writing I read was the first part of Faust. I had already read Faust when I was in my early teens but I didn’t really understand what was going on. After reading the first part of Goethe’s Faust, I saw humor and imagination I hadn’t fully captured before. I would love to read the entire play again someday.

6. Dracula by: Bram Stoker

CDraculaount Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written — and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.

On my first ever trip without my family, I had downloaded an audiobook of Dracula that I could play in case I couldn’t fall asleep. When I think back to that time, I keep asking myself incredulously… of all books! Why did you pick Dracula? You should’ve picked like Anne of Green Gables or something! Not a horror story! No wonder you only slept like 2 hours each night for 3 days! Anyway, as I was listening to Dracula, I would doze in and out of sleep. Even though I know the story, it seems as if I have missed sections of the book.

7. The Odyssey by: Homer (Chapman’s translation)
The Odyssey
I have since read Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey [fun fact: did you know that she is the first female to translate The Odyssey into English?]. The first translation that I ever attempted to read of The Odyssey was George Chapman’s translation about ten years ago. I was completely lost! I think I only retained 20% of the entire story. I’d like to try again to read his translation.

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What books would you like to reread in the future? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Until Next Time, 

-Alice 

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