Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating 10 Years and 500 Topics

Posted June 23, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Top 10 / 24 Comments

As usual, this is being hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week marks 10 years of the meme and I guess there have been 500 topics! This was what the topic for this week was:

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Option 1: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it (Perhaps you’d remove certain books you put on the list back when you first wrote it, or perhaps you have 10 MORE books you’d add to that list now. You could also re-visit TBR posts, whether seasonal or series you need to finish, etc., and tell us if you’ve read them yet or not. Any variation of this idea works. Feel free to be creative.) Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do.

Because I’ve not been as regular with these as I’d wish I’d have been, I chose to do a TTT topic I wished that I’d done. My choice is:

Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read Forever:

Now, honestly these days I rarely get to re-read books. But when I do, these are the books that I either read over and over and over in the past, or ones that I reach for out of the need for the comfort or love of the story I have.

First I’m going to choose a book that I used to read over and over when I was in middle and probably high school. And it wasn’t actually just this book, no, I re-read the whole series over and over. I probably have it all memorized just about. In fact I know that I have thoughts about the book a lot even not having read it probably in years.

As huge as this book is, I think about 1000 pages in mass market, the size I have, I used to read it over and over. Now, to be fair, the first time I read a book like this, I might skim through some of King’s very wordy prose, but I went back and probably found something new every time because of how i read. I’m guessing I could pick it up again today and still get sucked right back in. Once again this is one I know inside and out, so when the new movies came out, there were some issues I had with it still.

This is another book I used to read over and over. I loved the dog and the whole story. Still do. Even though I was a huge Corey Haim fan in the 80s, the movie was terrible, and I wish they’d re-do it!

I’ve talked about this one before, one of my first romance books. I loved it, still do. It probably gave me more of an obsession with opals than I had just because they were my birthstone. Could be part of the reason I want to visit Australia. Just talking about it now makes me want to read it again soon!

I love Samantha Young’s books, and honestly, I can reread any of them in the On Dublin Street series. But this one I keep by my bedside so that I can pick it up and dive back in with Nate and Olivia any time I want. I even made a shirt about Nate to wear when I met the author the first time.

My other book boyfriend is Malcolm Ericson from this book. Like Before Jamaica Lane, I keep it by my bedside for any time I want to pick it up and re-read it and get back to my funny, lovable Mal.

Around the same time I discovered Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series, I also discovered Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. And within those books, there was one hero that really stood out to me and I fell in love with. And that was Nash. I will go back and relisten to his audiobook whenever I have the time and want to spend time with Nash.

This book I can reread or re-listen, you name it. And not just the first one, the second one, and partway through the third one too. I loved it and get sucked into it so much that when it was my staff recommendation at the bookstore a couple summers ago, before the movie came out, I kept a couple copies up at my cash register when I had to work up there, so that I could not only hand-sell it, but also I might have picked it up and read it when I didn’t have customers.

This is another author that I love. I wish she would get more books in her series, but she hasn’t been writing in a while. But this book cracks me up so much, as well as makes me cry. I adored it. And it is another I keep by my bedside to pick up when I’m in the mood and have time.

Finally, another book from when I was younger. It was during the same time period I was obsessed with reading all books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Robert R. McCammon was one of my favorite authors back then as well. This book really was one I did read over and over at the time. My copy is pretty rag tag and worn out. It’s similar to The Stand by Stephen King, but for some reason I liked it better. Although I did read The Stand a lot as well.

Final Thoughts:

So those are my top ten rereads. Have you read any of these? Did you like them? What books do you re-read, or do you re-read at all?

And while you’re here, if you have time, stop by my May Wrap-Up post and enter my giveaway for either a book from my giveaway stack if you’re in the US, or a book from The Book Depository for my international followers. I also have two other giveaways going in my support of the Black Lives Matter movement, one for a choice of a book by a Black YA author, and one for a choice of a book by a Black adult romance author. All of these giveaways are going until the end of the month!

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24 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating 10 Years and 500 Topics

  1. shooting

    Nice mix of books!! I used to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower at least once a year. I would find new things that I noticed or could relate to as I got older, etc. I really need to read it again – it’s been way too long now.


    • Lisa Mandina

      I’ve only seen that movie, need to read the book! It is one I know I will probably really like. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      That was a scary one for sure! But I loved scary books, so it was perfect for me. Thanks for visiting!

    • Lisa Mandina

      In the past I used to have time to re-read, I didn’t have all the books to read that I do today. But now, like you, I just don’t have the time to re-read very often. When I do, it is while I’m reading a new book usually. But I’m usually reading more than one book at a time anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      About half way through the third book it gets a bit monotonous for me too. But up till then I get sucked in every time. You need to read Play. Malcolm is my favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I don’t re-read, but I actually read a few of these. VC Andrews was an author I read, when I was much younger, and I have a soft spot for the Marked Men.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I rarely get to re-read anymore. But used to all the time when I was a kid and I read so much I didn’t always have time to go to the library to get a new book when I wanted to read. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Great picks! Did you see the newer version of Flowers in the Attic? I remember the movie they made years and years ago wasn’t very good at all. Wondering if the newer, made for TV movie was better. My Stephen King that I re-read is The Stand, and Watchers was my first Koontz (another one with terrible movies). I also absolutely love the Stage Dive books, especially Mal. Since we have so many reading picks in common, I’m thinking I need to check out the rest of the books on your list, especially Swan Song for obvious reasons.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I did think the TV movies were a lot better for the Flowers in the Attic series than the movie back in the 80s. I did reread The Stand, although not as much as It. You’d probably really like Swan Song if you read The STand over and over. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I think it has a lot of issues, and don’t know what it says about me that I reread it so much, other than I didn’t have a ton of books to read so I just read what I had. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, these days I really don’t have time for re-reads, so this was a fun post to think about those I used to re-read all the time. Thanks for returning the visit!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I used to read them over and over, I wish I had time to reread, because I’d go back and pick those up again. Thanks for stopping by!

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