These are books I read between July 2011 and June 2014. I didn’t choose anything read in the last 7 months because I need a little distance to confirm something is going to be an all time favorite.
I have two categories, books I will reread for comfort at least annually and books that aren’t big rereads, but I still think about frequently.
Not Big Re-reads but think about a lot
1. The Stand by Stephen King
The Stand was my first Stephen King novel. I went through an apocalyptic novel phase and The Stand stood above all of them. There are many characters all with distinct characteristics.
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
It’s a very interesting premise, a well built story and very interesting characters. Also has a love story that surprised me.
3. Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
A beautiful collection of stories from Nadia’s life. I love that they all don’t end happy/pretty or even feeling complete. It’s refreshing and uplifting.
4. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
I finished this book and immediately wanted to discuss it. This book opened up so many discussion questions about nature vs nurture, and the roles of women. It’s still strange to me how much I identified with Eva when we really don’t have much in common. I don’t see myself ever rereading this, because it’s seared into my brain.
5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
This is the best multiple POV book I’ve ever read. I could open to any chapter and know immediate who’s chapter it was because each character’s voice was so distinctive.
Reread to the point of memorization
6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I think my love of E & P (really anything Rainbow) is well documented.
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I just adore Hazel Grace and Augustus. I discover new quotes that I love every time I reread it and it never fails to make me feel.
9. Unsticky by Sarra Manning
My love of this book is well documented, but I practically have I memorized and I read it for the first time less than a year ago. Grace and Vaughn are one of my favorite couples of all time.
10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
All three of Stephanie Perkins books are delightful, but something about Lola just draws me in during ever reading. I love Lola’s costumes and Cricket’s legs. Lola’s dad’s are amazing in a YA era of MIA parents. It’s a book of engaging characters, primary and secondary.
11. Families and Other Non-Returnable Gifts by Claire LaZebnik
I love Claire’s adult contemporary characters. They’re just real people who mess up and sometime big but I can relate to that.
And if I had to guess what from the last six month will make the list it would be these.
The Cuckoo’s Calling / The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning