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Whenever I have spare time, I like to fill it with reading (and my fair share of Netflix). The trouble with filling spare time in university is that my class readings are difficult and require a lot of brain space. By the time I put schoolwork aside for the night, my brain is already fried. So what do I do? I pick up old favorites. That way, I know my brain can handle it and I know the books are good reads. So here are my choices for books worth re-reading.

Special note: Winnie the Pooh always has a place in my heart, but Pooh is so pensive and the characters are so symbolic that you can’t help but read into it. The stories are best for children – before they start to wonder why Eeyore is always gloomy, or what love and friendship really mean.

1. “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton


This is one of those books (and there are a lot of these books for me) that warm up your heart, but you don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because one of the characters is named Sodapop. Maybe it’s because you just want to tell everyone you love to “stay gold.” Regardless, it’s a story of finding a pocket of hope within a world that seems to be against us. You can’t argue with that.

2. “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell

george orwell 1984 book cover

Now hear me out on this one. You probably read this book in high school and have fond memories of reading Sparknotes in a desperate search for the “real meaning” of the book. You also probably took every opportunity to say “double plus ungood”. However, this book is easy to read and interesting when you don’t have the threat of a bad grade in English hovering over your head. It’s not exhausting, but it’s certainly worth thinking about.

3. The “Nancy Drew” series by Carolyn Keene

nancy drew the secret of the old clock

In the Hardy Boys vs. Nancy Drew battle, I sit firmly on the side of Nancy Drew. Though Carolyn Keene is a pen name and the “Nancy Drew” series has had several ghost writers come and go, the series remains cohesive and each story promises the same mystery as the one before. The series becomes predictable after a while (like when Nancy Drew picks a lock with her bobby pin for the 100th time) so ration your Nancy Drew reading accordingly.

Bonus Must-Read: “Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story” by Robyn Doolittle

This book was published a grand total of three months ago, yet I already want to reread it. Now the fact that people around the world closely follow the mayor of Toronto continues to baffle me, but I do agree that it’s a story worth hearing about. Pick up the book – it’s a page turner. I managed to finish it within 36 hours. (Side: Robyn Doolittle was the Toronto Star reporter that saw the first crack video. First. Because apparently there are more crack videos now. <facepalm>)

What’s your go-to book to re-read?

Featured photo courtesy of Samantha Marx via Flickr (CC-BY-2.0); book covers via Wikipedia.