Today’s list for Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge is FIVE Great Re-Reads. This is a tough one, too, because I have so many new books, I don’t often find the time to re-read old books. There are a few that I have found myself going back to, again and again, usually when I give them as presents. These are books I read years and years ago, and these authors helped shape my expectations of what makes a riveting read. One of my goals for 2011 is to track down and re-read some of the books that I loved as a kid, and I included a few of those titles, too.
I only have three great re-reads, so I failed at that, but I have five that I want to re-read next year. I have mentioned many of these titles in the past; good books can’t be mentioned often enough! Most descriptions are from Amazon or Goodreads.
Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler – There hasn’t been a book by Butler that I did not find compelling and thought-provoking. Give one of her books a try if you haven’t already.
A young ghetto telepath launches a psychic struggle against the four-thousand-year-old immortal who has been her father, lover, master, and creator to free her fellow telepaths.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I love Card, and I just started reading The Lost Gate.
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip – This is a haunting read, and I have read it about four times. Just love this one.
Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain. Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry. Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her. And when Coren–the man who brought this child–returns, Sybel’s world is again turned upside down.
Here is a list of books that I plan to re-read this year:
Only Earth and Sky Last Forever by Nathaniel Benchley – I don’t remember much about this one, other than the very sad ending. I need to find a copy so I can read it again.
Although recognizing the end of the Indians’ freedom is near, a young Cheyenne still chooses to fight with Crazy Horse at the Little Big Horn to prove himself to the girl he loves.
The War for the Lot by Sterling E Lanier – Can’t find a description for this one – It’s about a boy who visits relatives during the summer and is asked by the animals in the woods to help defend them from the rats. Can’t remember anything else about it, but I did find a used copy, so I am looking forward to reading it again.
The Awakeners by Sheri Tepper – I love Sheri Tepper, too. I would like to re-read her True Game series, too.
Come to the world of the River. Come to a world distant in time and space, a world where the pace of life is counted by tides of the great River, but where, as in the river itself, there are swift dark currents flowing under a placid surface.Meet Pamra Don–a young woman scarred by her mother’s death, lured to a priest-hood where the truth must be hidden from the faithful. And meet Thrasne, a young boatman who trades from town to town, free from the iron control of the towers of the Awakeners, and the priests of the world of the River–free, that is, as long as he never speaks his mind. These two, by design and accident both, are about to discover many truths. And on the Northshore of the River, the truth can kill you.
The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce – I only read the first two books in this series, but the library has all of them!
Eoduin, a beautiful young woman, is abducted by a vampyre while out with her slave Aeriel gathering flowers, and carried off to be a vampyre’s bride. Aeriel, determined to avenge her mistress, returns to the peak from which Eoduin was stolen and waits until the vampyre should return. Eventually, he comes for her and she can not kill him because of his beauty and power, and he takes her but not to be his bride.
The White Mountains by John Christopher – I need to acquire these, because I checked them out of the library years ago. I am happy that they are still in print!
Long ago, the Tripods — huge, three-legged machines — descended upon Earth and took control. Now people unquestioningly accept the Tripods’ power. They have no control over their thoughts or their lives.
But for a brief time in each person’s life — in childhood — he is not a slave. For Will his time of freedom is about to end — unless he can escape to the White Mountains, where the possibility of freedom still exists.
What are some of your favorite re-reads?