the exceptions

As a rule, I don't re-read books. They are specific to the time and place I read them. But I've been thinking about this, and there are a handful of exceptions that I do re-read almost every year. I think these must be my 'favorite' books, right?

  • The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - I'm always in a stage of re-reading one of them.
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling I've read all of them at least five times, and I always feel like I could dive right back in again.
  • Summers at Castle Auburn, by Sharon Shinn. I love this book so, so much. It appeals to me on every level.
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon. I have re-read this every year since I first did. Walking in old graveyards is one of my favorite things to do, and imagining all these antiquated ghosts raising a child fascinates me. And who can say no to Gaimon?!
  • Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff. My favorite biography I've ever read. Cleopatra's life, personality and world has always entranced me, and this book is so lively and wonderful.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is one of those books that has stayed with me since childhood.


  1. Loved this. We're of like mind on this subject. And our re-reads are surprisingly similar.

    I just read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK for the first time last month and was thoroughly enchanted by it. I put it on my Favorite Books Book Shelf and everything, although I do think a few things were left unanswered that should have been answered.

  2. Have you read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton? If not - I think you would love that book. :)

  3. I re-read Summers at Castle Auburn every summer, and re-read/listen to the Harry Potter series on a frequent basis! We are indeed sisters! :)