Hello everyone! We’re more than half-way through 2018 and I’m a little late in doing this blog post but since I’m continuously disappointed by new YA releases, I thought I should re-read a few of my all-time favourite books and write a blog post about it. So, here’s a list of my favourite books I’m going to re-read:

MACBETH BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

MacbethI read Macbeth about five years ago in school. I remember being completely mesmerised by it but didn’t remember the story much except that Macbeth murdered Duncan to fulfil the prophecy made by the witches and become the king. I’m reading Macbeth currently and I’m enjoying already. Lady Macbeth is one of the most strong-willed, ambitious and guilt-ridden characters I’ve ever read and I love her for that.


THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY BY OSCAR WILDE

The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde was (is) a genius known for his wit, dark humour and satire in his books (plays, essays and poem). I’ve read quite a few essays by him and enjoyed them all. I don’t think I’ll ever read Oscar Wilde and not like. Likewise, I absolutely loved The Picture of Dorian Gray. Lord Henry is one of the most complex characters ever written whose strong and corrupt persuading powers brought about a downfall of Basil and Dorian. Oh, how I wish I could have Wilde’s wit?


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BY J.K. ROWLING

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Half-Blood Prince is my favourite book in the series. We have an insight of Voldemort’s character and how the prophecy made by Sybil reached his ears and he set on a journey to gather forces to prevent having it come true. If there’s one thing I learned from Harry Potter is that a good seer will never be wrong. I used to consider Trelawney a fraud but I was eventually proven wrong. I think Half-Blood Prince sets a strong base for the final book and the final battle and is often overshadowed by The Deathly Hallows. I swear if I were Voldemort and if Merope would’ve been alive when I grew up, she would be the first one to die at my hands. I hated Merope for drugging Voldemort’s father with Love-potion. Is that even acceptable? I know that’s how Voldemort would be born without love and never know what love really is but it still is non-consensual sex.


THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER BY STEPHEN CHBOSKY

The Perks of Being a WallflowerI think this is a relevant book that every adult and teenager should read and it tackles some important themes. I wish I had read this book when I was growing up (of course we’re still growing up). Charlie is a shy character who has his issues socialising and making friends and many introverts would’ve found his character quite relatable. However, the sexual assault is not addressed or rather completely excused or ignored, I dare say! Charlie’s Aunt being sexually abused/molested doesn’t excuse her from sexually assaulting or molesting a kid (or anyone for that matter). It is a disgusting and ridiculous conception to excuse someone for their hideous acts or behaviour. Though, I reckon Charlie was quite young (almost a kid) when her Aunt sexually abused him so I don’t know if he would’ve felt it as anything wrong or inappropriate (this is what I remember from the movie but please correct me if I’m wrong). Charlie addressed or acknowledged it only when he’s quite young and is dealing with the trauma of his Aunt’s and best friend’s death. I don’t think Charlie or his parents could’ve done anything then when his Aunt was already dead. Served her right, I suppose! I understand it was wrong on Chbosky’s part to let Charlie excuse his Aunt but I also don’t know how it would’ve been addressed or acknowledged.


THE LITTLE PRINCE BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY

The Little PrinceIt tells the story of a little boy who leaves the shelter of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the notions of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary events and encounters. A good children’s book can teach you more than any other book ever will. I learned so much from this book about adult’s and human behaviour in general and how much people narrow their mentality as they grow up. I hope to enjoy it as much as I did before.


Which is your favourite book? Did you re-read any of your favourite books or do you plan to re-read in near future? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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31 thoughts on “BOOKS I WISH TO RE-READ IN 2018

  1. Great list of re-reads! I regularly re-read the Castle Waiting books by Linda Medley when I need some fairy tale humor and women’s empowerment with happy endings.

    And I totally agree about the love potions in Harry Potter – definitely a recipe for date rape. I didn’t realize that the first time I read the books, of course, because love spells and love potions are such a common fantasy trope, from Teen Witch to Harry Potter. The implications just didn’t occur to me when I was younger.

    I still love the books overall; I’m just a bit more savvy about the problematic elements now.

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    1. I’ve never heard of The Castle Waiting but I will check it out!

      I was young when I read Half-Blood Prince and didn’t realise how wrong it was until quite recently but yeah I still love the books; just savvier about the problematic elements. I haven’t heard anything about Teen Witch so can’t say!

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  2. Excellent list! I’ve been rereading some of my favorites this year as well (starting with Harry) I never used to. I’d always tell myself there’s too many new books to read (true) but not only am I enjoying new looks at those books but I really think I’m enjoying the rest of my reading more as well. Have fun with it!

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  3. I’ve read the picture of Dorian Grey for the first time this year, and I absolutely loved it! I totally get why you want to reread it !

    (evelynreads.com)

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  4. I still haven’t read Macbeth, but I really want to considering the premise is unbelievably intriguing. Isn’t it odd also that Lady Macbeth is guilt-ridden but Iago from Othello was completely fine with his actions?

    Merope raped Tom Riddle. There’s no swerving around it. The love potion is a date-rape drug. J.K Rowling noted that throughout the series, characters and fans alike (not entirely sure about the latter) hadn’t raised the issues pertaining to the dangerous use of love potions. I’m hoping the Ministry eventually got around to banning the use and manufacture of love potions.

    There is no excusing what Charlie’s aunt did. Even if it made it easier for him to excuse her actions. There’s no two ways about it. It sends the completely wrong message to teen readers (it’s a YA book as well, a dangerous and regressive message to send to young and impressionable readers).

    I love The Little Prince. It wonderfully captured the essence and diversity of human nature and taught us about setting boundaries and developing morals and principles. Oh, The Places You’ll Go is still by far my favourite children’s picture book. That book does wonders for my motivation.

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    1. I haven’t read Othello so I can’t say anything about it!

      Love potions were openly bought and sold. Even Fred and George have love potions in their shop, I think? We already talked about Charlie and his aunt so I won’t mention it again. I still have to read Oh, The Places You’ll Go. For me, all children’s books work wonders! 🙂

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      1. If you enjoyed watching Littlefinger, you might enjoy Othello. Well, Iago.

        Yes, they do. That’s where whats-her-face bought the love potion from to give to Harry. I think I tweeted J. K. Rowling asking since the love potion is in itself a criminal offence, whether or not George will continue selling it. No reply, lol. 😞

        It might be too positive in some parts for you. XD But I think you’ll appreciate it on the whole. All children’s book are wonders but Oh, The Places You’ll Go transcends wonders and manages to bring you back to life at the same time. 🙂

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  5. I love Macbeth and Dorian Gray, and Half-Blood Prince is one of my favorites too! It’s a return to form from all the depressing stuff in Order of the Phoenix, but it’s still dark in its own way. 😉 (totally agree about the non-consenxual thing too btw!) Oh, and Little Prince is on my TBR; I really want to read it because I’ve been hearing about it since I was a kid lol.

    Awesome post! 😀

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      1. I will! I totally need to, because it’s way overdue. 😛 Do you know how long it takes to read it btw? I do know it’s for younger readers, but I wasn’t sure if it’s middle-grade or elementary level.

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  6. I really liked your re-read list. I’ve read 3 of those books and I’m always re-reading Harry Potter 😀
    I think I’ll add ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ to my list too. Great breakdown of your thoughts on each of them!

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    1. What do you think would be the point of a children’s book?! It is simply an insight into how people’s minds work when they grow up. No, I haven’t read it. I have not even heard of it!

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      1. Yeah I get it. Most children’s books are like that only – take Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables or Little Women series for example. I understood the adult behavioural aspects part in that. But A Little Prince just didn’t fit with me unfortunately.
        For all I know, all I will ever care about the Little Prince is getting a picture clicked with the statue of le petit prince in Little France village in Gapyeong, South Korea.

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    2. I haven’t read it either. That sequel was written by an another author so I’m not planning to anyway.
      In my opinion, The Little Prince kinda tell us that we should appreciate the beauty of life more. In the story, the grown-ups are always working, they never care for anything else. While the Prince, even though he’s just a little kid, he knows what beauty is. He spends time looking at the sunrise and sunset every day. He has a pretty rose he loves. The Prince is really mature for his age, he knows you should keep a balance between work and entertainment.
      This is my favorite quote about hope:
      “What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…”
      What language did you read The Little Prince in? Maybe its meaning got lost in translation.

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