I’m not typically a re-reader of books, but these ones I leave on my shelf for such an occasion:
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Yes, Clive is known for horror such as Hellraiser and Candyman, but his fantasy is enjoyable beyond twisted worlds. This is the first book I would ever re-read. I picked it up by chance and was nourished cerebrally and emotionally the couple days I spent immersed in it.
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I’m sure you’ve heard of this series— also a film series that is a different yet still extraordinary experience. I would recommend both. In fact, I have multiple copies of some of the books. I’m not sure how the multiple copies benefit me, but I somehow feel like I have more Harry Potter with them. Harry Potter is a story and lesson about everything, especially love.
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
This is the first (of two books ever—Goblet Of Fire being the second) that made me cry. This was an unstoppable read (at least the first four books) and the character Red Jamie is my favourite of all characters ever. Merlin the magician is second on my list of favourite characters ever, but somehow Red Jamie seems realer. Best. Man. Ever!
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Speaking of Merlin… this is a story about King Arthur’s court from the perspective of the women. Yes, there is a made-for-tv movie based on the book, but please disregard it in your decision to read. The attempt to movie-fy this book is similar to the attempt at making a good TV movie out of Stephen King’s IT. Why would they do that? And speaking of IT, I totally recommend it too!
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
There’s something about big meaty books and series that invest you deeply with the characters and bind you close to the adventure. I find it changes my perception of the real world around me for the duration of the read, so when I’m reading Stephen King, Clive Barker or Harry Potter, I’m suspicious of dark magic everywhere.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The reality imagination this woman reflects and projects is astounding.
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
I think I was supposed to read this in high school—la la la. When I picked it up years later, in a moment of need for passing time, I was “elatedly” surprised. This is a heartwarming story and such an excellent example of how the writer makes you see both sides of the story at the same time. You understand how the people around the protagonist perceive her as a crazy curmudgeon… yet at the same time, the justification of her behaviour from her own point of view is so logical. Really enjoyed this.
Lamb by Christopher Moore.
Pretty much anything by Christopher Moore is stunning and entertaining. Some books I read for the stories, and some books I read for the writing style. Christopher Moore I read for both. This fellow has such a unique imagination and such a raw and witty way with words. I wish I could be around him every day. Lamb is the little-known story of Jesus from childhood to age 30 (which we rarely hear about in standard depictions) told from his childhood playmate and cohort Biff. Ah, Biff… Another title by Moore: The Stupidest Angel.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (published posthumously by mother)
This is another great read for the vocabulary, writing style and character study. It’s a protagonist you love to hate and feel sorry for at the same time—like pushing on a sore tooth and laughing about it.
That’s it for now. Any books you’ve enjoyed so much you would reread and recommend? I’m always looking for a good read, eh!