Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters… and, as of recently, also co-hosted by April @ April Sarah and myself! I would love if you joined the Goodreads group and posted your recommendations for the topics every month (or just the months you feel like posting)!
Anyway, July’s topic is “books worth a reread.” Since I did a post at the beginning of this year all about books I needed to reread in 2018 (I’m making good progress on that list, btw! I’ve reread 3/5 of the books I mentioned), I thought I’d put a bit of a different spin on this month’s topic and share my go-to comfort rereads with you all. These are the books I’ve reread countless times and can always return to for some comfort, solace, or answers.
madalyn’s go-to rereads
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // I figured I’d get the obvious choice out of the way first. Even though J.K. Rowling has exhibited some pretty gross behavior over the past few years, this series will always be comforting for me. It was a constant throughout my childhood, and it’s one of those books I can always slip back into and experience the unique kind of magic reading can bring.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Another obvious choice if you know me, but I digress. If Harry Potter defined my elementary years, Gemma Doyle defined my middle school years. I firmly believe Libba Bray’s debut series informed a lot of who I am as a person today. The trilogy is masterfully written, and I still haven’t ever related to a character as much as I relate to Gemma. The magic and atmosphere throughout this trilogy will always feel comforting to me.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen // This is the book I’ve reread the most times throughout my life– I think I’ve read it about 12 times, and every time, I take away something new from the story. Yes, it’s a classic love story, but Austen’s most famous work also contains a lot of fascinating social commentary.
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke // Okay, so I wouldn’t classify this book as “comforting,” per se, but it does force the reader to consider questions of history and morality that I firmly believe we all should all be thinking about, especially in the current political climate. There hasn’t been a day since I first read Girl over a year ago that I haven’t thought about it. It’s one of the most emotionally impactful, important stories I’ve ever read.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare // Are Clare’s books the epitome of good writing? No. But her Shadowhunter world is so vivid and expansive that all of the series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles make for perfect rereads. You are immediately transported into another world within our own. I especially love rereading the Infernal Devices because 1.) London in the 1800’s, and 2.) the characters are some of my all-time favorites.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab // The Shades of Magic books are the only ones that have ever come close to capturing the feeling I get while reading Harry Potter. They are spellbinding and immersive, and Schwab is just a damn good storyteller.
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord // I have returned to this book time and time again, and it always fills me with so much joy. The sweet friends-to-lovers romance, the amazing female friendships, and the main character, Paige’s, character arc are all so beautifully done. The Start of Me and You feels like an actual piece of my heart.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // Absolutely my go-to, feel-good contemporary. I see so much of both my teenage and current selves in Molly, and something about seeing her get a happy ending always manages to give me hope. Plus, Becky Albertalli’s books are so sweet they could give you cavities. She perfectly captures the teenage experience.
Are you a re-reader? If so what are your go-to books to revisit when you need a bit of comfort? Do we share any favorite rereads?