Some books are really difficult to part with. These are the books that never make it from your bedside table to the bookshelf, because you know eventually you’ll be reading them again.
The following are at the top of my list (and bedside table):
1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
3. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.
4. – 10. The next seven spots are taken up by the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Beyond the magical plots, places, and characters, for me the fun in re-reading these is trying to understand how on earth Rowling was able to piece the whole backstory together without creating too many inconsistencies as she unveiled it across the seven books. It’s like an enormous Rubik’s Cube, trying to figure it all out.
11. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, and, from the ridiculous to the sublime…
12. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (to be honest, this one stays on my bedside table because of the 3 year old scholar of ducks with whom I share a house).