Thursday, December 22, 2011

    Thursday Thirteen: Read it Again? Yes, Please!

    Thursday Thirteen for 12/22:

    Books I Could Read Over and Over Again, and Often Do

    Despite the fact that the saddest revelation I've had to date is that I will never live long enough to read all the books I want to read, I still find that some books are so delicious, I can't help but reread. Here's a little sample, in no particular order.


    Typical, I know. But for me, the magic never dies.


    I big pink puffy heart this book. It makes me wish I were a Southern gal.

    3. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

    I love travel, and hate the typical American work ethic. This makes us soulmates.

    4. Walking on Water by Derrick Jensen

    Walking on Water changed the way I teach, and the way I think about teaching.

    5. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

    Need I say more?

    6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

    I read this book obsessively as a child. I read it now whenever I'm feeling blue, and it always cheers me up.


    This might be my favorite book ever.

    8. Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

    I recommend this book for any aspiring Reading Specialists out there. If you don't find yourself completely engrossed in its pages, don't become a Reading Specialist. If you love it, you've found your people. Welcome. We embrace you.

    9. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Gah. I will cry if I write anything about this one.

    10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    Shel Silverstein used to frequent the record store my mother managed in Chicago. She says he always came in with one of those invisible dog leashes. I loved his work before I knew this, but now I just love it even more.


    Judith Martin is a comic genius.

    12. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

    I know she isn't popular amongst the literati, but Ayn Rand made me fall in love with literature all over again.

    13. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    Did I say another title was my favorite book? Because this one just might be.

    So, what about you? Which books can you read again and again?

    3 comments:

    Janiera said...

    I could read Ya Ya over and over again! I could read the whole twilight series over and over again. I don't care who knows that!

    Lori Oster said...

    Janiera, I cannot tell you how much I love Ya Ya! I like Little Altars, too, but not as much as Ya Ya.

    Love your Twilight pride! Wave that flag proud! :) When I taught high school those books disappeared out of my classroom library so fast. We just kept buying and buying and buying them. I think the boys were the ones stealing them because they didn't want to have to put their names on the sign-out sheet. Too funny.

    Doc Jen said...

    Emma Bull's The War for the Oaks
    the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
    Lives on the Boundary by Mike Rose
    The Master and Margarita by Mikael Bulgakov
    Persuasion by Jane Austen
    Shadow of a Broken Man by George Chesbro

    I would also add (from your list)--The Phantom Tollbooth and the first Harry Potter

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