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February 27, 2018

Favorite Re-Reads

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Books I could re-read forever.' I actually do not re-read a lot of books. Here's a list of books that I have re-read more than a few times but not necessary ones that I could re-read forever but they are some of my favorites. (Click on the link for each book's synopsis.)

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte  01/ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte > link
A quiet beauty of a book, not much else I can say but it has became a favorite over the years.

Favorite Quote: “I began this book with the intention of concealing nothing, that those who liked might have the benefit of perusing a fellow creature's heart: but we have some thoughts that all the angels in heaven are welcome to behold -- but not our brother-men -- not even the best and kindest amongst them.”

Snow hunters by Paul Yoon 02/ Snow hunters by Paul Yoon > link
I like the writing. It's almost quiet as if there is this calmness to the words but it doesn't mean it's all serene and happy. There is a lingering thought that perhaps happiness is near but you can't get at it. This book is like that. It's definitely one of my favorite.

Favorite Quote: "He thought of these years as another life within the one he had. As though it were a thing he was able to carry. A small box. A handkerchief. A stone. He did not understand how a life could vanish. How that was even possible. How it could close in an instant before you could reach inside one last time, touch someone's hand one last time. How there would come a day when no one would wonder about the life he had before this one."

Gathering the Water by Robert Edric 03/ Gathering the Water by Robert Edric > link
This is the only Edric book I read and I love it. I love the writing and the overall feeling of being somewhere foreign and overflowing with, I don't know, a lonely feeling that life is very bleak and yet, it's not.

Favorite Quote: "Starting anew, I began to discern the light and the landmarks of the possible future. There was a time in between, of course — a period of confusion in which life went on and I acted out my part within it — but it was never starting anew, never a rebirth, merely a succession of lesser endings, during which I severed my ties one after another — my family, my work, my connection to Helen's family, to her sister, to my colleagues, and finally upon reaching the shapeless centre of that darkness, my hopes and expectations for the future."

Beauty by Robin McKinley & Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley 04/ Beauty by Robin McKinley & Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley > link 1 > link 2
These are both Beauty & the Beast retellings and from the same author but they're vastly different from each other. Sometimes I like Rose Daughter more because of all the imaginary and sometimes I like Beauty more because it's more like the original story but they're both a favorite.

Favorite Quote: "Had she had the opportunity to choose, she would still have chosen to look immediately into the Beast's face upon meeting, to have the worst borne and past at once. But the worst borne is not necessarily past and over with thereby. The worst of fighting a dragon is being caught in its fire, but you do not survive dragon encounters by commanding your muscles to withstand dragon fire, because you and they cannot. You survive by avoiding being burnt. Beauty knew no better than to wish to marshal her forces before she met the Beast, though that marshalling would not have saved her. As it was, she was surprised into looking into the Beast's face." - Rose Daughter

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman 05/ The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman > link
I really love the writing but I don't always re-read every part.

Favorite Quote: “How could I tell the doctor what was wrong with me? I didn't understand it myself. I couldn't articulate the pain; it was the pain of nothingness. My fear was of the weather, the atmosphere, the very air. What good did safety tips do me now? 'Avoid water, metal objects, rooftops; stay off the telephone in a storm; don't think glass can protect you; even if a storm was 8 miles away, you're still not safe from a strike. Avoid life perhaps that was the answer. The number one safety tip. Stay away from it all.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman 06/ The Princess Bride by William Goldman > link
I always re-read up to the same point as the movie because I really don't like how the ending imply a darker ending after the happy moment.

Favorite Quote: “I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen. Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.”

Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber07/ Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber > link
I love this book. I love the writing, the overall tone, the humor, pretty much everything.

Favorite Quote: "The postcard is everything, but looks like nothing. An inconsequential sheet of pressed pulp decorated with a few drops of ink, it barely exists in the physical realm. But this one has got hold of something inside me that feels like forever. I follow the looping lines that make up Zoe's penmanship, the soaring arcs and inky swirls. I try to understand the true implications of her words, the hidden message behind the surface one. What a ridiculous phrase: wish you were here."

Emily's Ghost: A Novel of The Bronte Sisters by Denise Giardina 08/ Emily's Ghost: A Novel of The Bronte Sisters by Denise Giardina > link
I read this a while back and loved it and read it several times. Perhaps I like Emily much too much but I still wished there was more about her than her sister Charlotte.

Favorite Quote: "Emily possessed an undercurrent of passion he found unsettling. He doubted her reserve grew from shyness. Emily was feline in her watchfulness, and perhaps as dangerous. Like Anne, she was at first quiet in his presence. That changed, and she entered into seemingly reluctant conversation. He took it for a compliment. Emily weighed him in some personal balance, and then decided he was somewhat worthy of her notice."

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 09/ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte > link
Though I have sort of lost interest in re-reading this, I still think it's an exquisite book.

Favorite Quote: "Returning, I had to cross before the looking-glass; my fascinated glance involuntarily explored the depth it revealed. All looked colder and darker in that visionary hollow than in reality: … the strange little figure there gazing at me, with a white face and arms specking the gloom, and glittering eyes of fear moving where all else was still, had the effect of a real spirit."

Beast Charming by Jenniffer Wardell10/ Beast Charming by Jenniffer Wardell > link
I've read a ton of Beauty & the Beast retelling and most of them are kind of bad but Beast Charming is quite good and funny and I really like the characters and their relationship seems real and I like how it ended.

Favorite Quote: "I'm a huge, hulking monster with anger management issues. I'm contractually obligated to encourage violence and anarchy on principle."

What books do you often re-read?

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