Books I Can Read Again and Again

Life is too short to read bad books but it's also too short to not appreciate the really great books when you find them. These 12 books are some of the books I find myself going back to read and re-read over and over again. No matter how many times I've read them I can always read them again.

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I feel like I’ve shared a lot of disappointing books lately. Today, I want to change that. I’m in the middle of re-reading The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure and it made me think of other incredible books I’ve read. I have read hundreds of great books but I only re-read the truly great ones. 

I know that re-reading books is oddly controversial among book lovers. Whenever I mention re-reading a book someone always exclaims, “So many books, so little time!”. Then, they go off about how time is precious and we shouldn’t waste it re-reading books. Apparently it shouldn’t matter that the book is incredible. I think that we should appreciate amazing talent and fabulous things we love. It shouldn’t matter what entertainment medium it is.

I watch the same movies, listen to the same song, look at the same art, and cook the same recipes. When I find something I love, I stick with it. Why shouldn’t I re-read the same book? I’m not ashamed of being a re-reader and you shouldn’t be either.

Books I Can Read Again and Again …

These are the best of the best that I’ve ever read. The books listed here are the ones I find myself returning to time and again when I need a book I know I’ll really love.

General / Literary Fiction

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    • In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…
  • The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
    • In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal. 
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
    • Inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. 

Historical Fiction

  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
    • Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn’t really believe in.
  • The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
    • The first volume of the Empress of Bright Moon duology paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China—where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death—and the woman who came to rule it all.
  • A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock
    • Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.
  • Of Blood & Brothers (Book One) by E. Michael Helms
    • In the spring of 1927, ambitious cub reporter Calvin Hogue covers a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle. He learns two Malburn brothers fought on opposing sides during the Civil War, and encourages them to tell their stories. Before the night is over, Calvin realizes he has a far greater story than a run-of-the-mill family reunion.
  • The Officer’s Code by Lyn Alexander
    • Fighting in the army opposing his homeland, can Eric stay true to the powerful German Officers’ Code of Honour? And if he does, can he ever go home again?

Romance

  • Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen
    • A story of love, loss of innocence, and the aftermath of a terrible decision no one knew how to avoid.
  • The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter
    • Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love. DISCLAIMER: This story contains dark themes and intense subject matter. Discretion is advised for sensitive readers.
  • Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak
    • A shocking betrayal… Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.
  • Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin
    • Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air… 

Life is too short to read bad books but it's also too short to not appreciate the really great books when you find them. These 12 books are some of the books I find myself going back to read and re-read over and over again. No matter how many times I've read them I can always read them again.

Do you re-read favorite books? Tweet me about them @ashleyfromfbl or drop your favorites in the comments below.

Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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