Daily Archives: July 15, 2016

33 Books that are Worth Re-Reading

Let’s face it…you have a shelf of books in your living room of stuff you read in middle school and high school and then never read again. I know, I do, too. And I’m betting sprinkled throughout that shelf are books you were SUPPOSED to read in middle school and high school but just never did…again, guilty of that, too. But now that you’re older and wiser, some of those books might be worth revisiting. And who knows, you might actually find yourself liking them!

When I graduated from college, I embarked on a journey to go back and read these once assigned materials and actually take the time to let them sink in. Some I found myself loving, despite hating it years ago (Macbeth and Dark Princess), while others I just still hated (sorry Moby Dick fans!). And there were some I loved reading in school and found a new appreciation for later on in life (Persuasion, The Alchemist, and The Phantom Tollbooth).

If you’re looking to expand your reading list this summer, this is a great place to get started. Filled with short, enjoyable reads (and some doozies), this list had me falling in love with literature all over again.

So, as my mom would say, put on those big girl pants and admit defeat…your teachers had it right. These are the books that will stick with you and will continue offering life lessons each and every time you jump in.

 33 Books that are Worth Re-Reading


  1. The Diary of a Young Girl
  2. The Golden Ass
  3. Dark Princess
  4. Fahrenheit 451
  5. The Phantom Tollbooth
  6. Macbeth
  7. The Giver
  8. The Catcher in the Rye
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  10. The Lorax
  11. Frankenstein
  12. The Missing Piece
  13. Doctor Faustus
  14. The Great Gatsby
  15. Where the Wild Things Are
  16. Night
  17. The Alchemist
  18. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  19. The Golden Compass
  20. Anne of Green Gables
  21. Revolutionary Road
  22. Beloved
  23. Hamlet
  24. Everything that Rises Must Converge
  25. Persuasion
  26. To Kill a Mockingbird
  27. As I Lay Dying
  28. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  29. Watership Down
  30. Animal Farm
  31. A Separate Peace
  32. Pride and Prejudice
  33. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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