5 Books I Want to Reread
I recently wrote about the benefits of rereading. And while I don’t do it often, there are several books I’ve found comfort in rereading. Here are a few that I’d like to visit again.
5 Books I Want to Reread
1. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
I listened to this audiobook with my husband on a road trip in 2016. By the half way point I was pretty confused and I can’t remember much about it. Why would I want to read it again? I love King’s novels (mostly) and I’ve heard amazing things about his Dark Tower series, which The Gunslinger is book one. I’d like to get into the series but I don’t remember enough to move on to book two. Plus, my husband reread it in physical form and said he thinks I’d enjoy it that way. He finished the whole series and never stopped raving about it.
2. There is No Good Card For This by Kelsey Crowe, PhD and Emily McDowell
This unique, amazing book had a strong impact on me when I first read it in 2018. I think the content would be even more relevant while we’re living through a global pandemic. The point of the book is to guide people to respond to their loved ones crisis with empathy, compassion, and kindness. There are some things that have stuck with me, like learning that I don’t always need to give so much of myself to show my love and be helpful, and how to find those boundaries. I know that revisiting the entire book would remind me of a lot of important things I’ve forgotten!
3. How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price
This book changed my habits when I first read it in 2018 but I’ve slid waaaaaay back, especially since 2020. I want to read this one again I feel excited about putting some space between me and my phone. Despite the title, the author doesn’t recommend a permanent split with ones’s smartphone, instead she encourages us to re-evaluate the current relationship we have with our phones and ask ourselves if this is truly how we want to be spending our time. What I remember appreciating, is that information and advice is given without judgement. Instead of telling us we “shouldn’t” be on our phones, which truly isn’t the case, she is equipping us with the tools necessary to make a decision about how and when we use our phones.
4. You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy
This was one of my top reads of 2020. I’d like to not only read it again but have a physical copy. And while I remember that I found it incredible in terms of listening and communication, I can’t recall the specifics. I do know that it was fully engaging, and the writing is simple and easy to understand, when it comes to subjects that could get quite dense and science-y. Looking back at my review for this book, there was obviously a lot about it that stood out to me, and I’d like to experience that again.
5. Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
This was my favorite romance novel of 2021. It was so good and made me feel all warm and gooey inside so I want to revisit the characters and see if it makes me feel that way again (I bet it will.) Our heroine Ruthie is 25 and she’s been working and living on site at a retirement community for six years. She prefers the company of the residents to people her own age. Teddy is a rebellious tattoo artist who just so happens to be the son of the owner of the company who just bought the retirement village. He’s Ruthie’s temporary new neighbor, oh and by the way he’s totally gorgeous and immediately smitten with Ruthie. This is a story about finding your own identity separate from your family’s expectations, and creating a chosen family. It’s also about recovering from childhood trauma and learning you are worthy of love. If you haven’t read it at least once, get on it!