Since The Perks of Being A Wallflower’s (one of those books that I’ve read more than 5 times) movie adaptation is coming to the theaters tomorrow, I thought of listing down the 10 books that I could read over and over again. Some books that I love, I can’t repeatedly read coz they’re either too heavy or too long, but these ones are those that I can randomly pick up and choose random pages to read and I can still immerse myself in their world. (Oh and I didn’t put the Bible in here because obviously it’s something I should be reading everyday)
1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien
Okay, I know it’s cheating because they’re four books already, but hey, they’re in the same universe right? All in all, I’ve read them more than twenty times and I can still vividly picture scenes in my head (even those not covered by the movies). And I name 3/4 of my stuff (gadgets, trinkets, stuffed creatures) after characters from that world so that goes to show how much I love Tolkien’s work.
2. A Song Of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin
Truth be told, I haven’t finished A Dance with Dragons because the book after that hasn’t been published yet. And so I keep going back to certain parts of the other four books, especially whenever I watch the TV adaptations. Skip the gratuitous sex and the boring parts describing food and I’m all set. And the other 1/4 of my stuff get named after characters from here.
3. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
So technically, it’s not really a book per se, but all the stories of gods and goddesses and the puny humans and heroic demi gods have given birth to the archetypes we know now and so it’s nice to constantly go back to the original stories
4. The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller
Next to my mom and grandmother, she truly is the woman I admired the most since childhood. Since there was no internet yet when I was growing up, I grabbed everything I could find in the library about her. But reading her own actual words just gave her story more power and beauty for me. I still go back to her life whenever I feel like my life sucks
5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I could put in a couple of other Gaiman books here, but Coraline takes the cake. Even if it still scares me (for reasons other than the Other Mother) I still read it over and over because I can somehow relate to the titular character’s need to be in a different place but ultimately realizing that where I am right now is where I’m supposed to be. Kinda like The Wizard of Oz but scarier.
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The subject of the book is sad and sobering, but it was written in a way that it can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Oskar might just be my favorite little boy character ever. But don’t get me started on the awful movie adaptation that made me cry, but for vastly different reasons (anger and frustration)
7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
It’s not enough that the movie is one of my all-time favorites. I had to discover the book it was based on and found to my delight that it was every bit as funny and memorable as the movie. The book and movie will always be my favorite love story (so far)
8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The book that started this blog post is my favorite YA novel. No matter how old I get, I will always be able to relate to “Charlie” and how he just quietly (although of course I am rarely quiet) watches life pass him by and lives vicariously through his friends, until he starts feeling “infinite”. So many great quotable lines here too.
9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This book is devastating, and yet I cannot fully step away from the world of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. And the big reveal still has the power to kick me in the gut and make me gasp, even though I obviously know about it by that time. The movie adaptation isn’t bad too.
10. What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
This is the book that brought me to a deeper understanding of the devastating beauty of God’s grace. And because I constantly lose sight of how undeserving I am of this grace, I have to go back to this and the Bible to remind myself that He is the only reason why I’m still breathing right now.
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mills and Boons books by Charlotte Lamb
Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller
Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff
So, what are your books?