My Top 5 Most Read Books

Books have been on my mind a lot lately. At least, a lot more than normal. A few months ago, I told you about the books I was reading at the time. And then fellow blogger Makeup Morsels listed her favorite books, which were super Tolkein-filled.

It got me thinking about the books I’ve read the most throughout my life. See, I’m not one of those people that only reads a book once since, after that, I “already know what happens.”

Nope, if I like a book, there’s a good chance I’ll read it again. And again. And again.

Although I’ve read quite a few books multiple times, there are a handful that are always in regular rotation.

So, commences my list of my top 5 most read books, in no particular order:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Even though I love reading and writing, I always got bad grades in English class in high school. I just hated reading the books they assigned. They were never interesting or good to me. So, I didn’t read them.

To Kill a Mockingbird is the exception. I gobbled that book up, to the surprise of my freshman English teacher. I loved the two basic elements: kids in a small town, and anti-racism.

I ended up buying my own copy to read on a regular basis.

It by Stephen King

Toward the end of elementary school, I was getting thoroughly bored with the children’s and young adult books I was reading. One day at the public library, I decided to venture into the adults’ section of books for the first time. (I have to admit, I was a little afraid that someone would make me go back to the kid’s books. Luckily, everyone left me alone.)

That day, I came home with Stephen King’s It. I had already seen the made-for-TV movie and loved it, so I figured this would be right up my alley.

And boy, was it! I loved the book. Kids in a small town, an evil that morphed into monsters you most feared (clowns chief among them), and the adult counterparts fighting pure evil. It doesn’t get much better. And I’d say this is the book I’ve read the most of any other: all 1,091 pages of it.

Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block

If you talk to any girl around my age (28), she’s probably read Dangerous Angels. It was a pretty big deal back in high school.

It’s actually an omnibus of Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat Books. The 5 novels follow Weetzie Bat (about the coolest girl ever. She reminds me of a fictional Gala Darling) and her children. They involve magic and witches and love, all set in Hollywood and the surrounding area. Think sparkles and pink taffeta prom dresses with combat boots.

And my favorite of the 5 books within? Witch Baby.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

I’ve always been fascinated by Chinese and Japanese life and culture. And, just like It, I decided to read The Joy Luck Club after watching and loving the made-for-TV movie.

The story follows two generations of Chinese mothers and their Chinese-American daughters. You hear super interesting stories set in China. They feature loss and danger and sadness. Plus, stories of growing up a first generation Chinese-American, with parental expectations and unfulfilling marriages.

Guess what? I found a VHS copy of the movie at a thrift sale last fall. I’m totally going to read the book again, then watch the movie.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

I read the first three Harry Potter books right before The Goblet of Fire came out. Ever since, I’ve re-read the series just before a new book came out. And then again before some of the movies. And I listened to the audiobooks.

So, I’ve read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone quite a few times. It really is a good story. It’s also the most like a children’s book of any other in the series. Because, as you know if you’ve read them all, things get really dark starting with the fourth book.

I feel like my life is richer and better having read the Harry Potter series. It’s a pretty big deal, and I will always love the books and will always continue to read them.

So, that’s it! I seem to read in almost every genre.

What have you read a ton of times? Or do you only read a book once? Let’s chat about it in the comments!


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  1. I reread “Dangerous Angels” a few months ago! I just passed my copy along to my oldest niece to read. I’m hoping she enjoys them as much as I have! “The Joy Luck Club” is yet another that would be on my list. Amy Tan is amazing. My most reread book is “Written on the Body” by Jeanette Winterson. I read it at least once a year.

    • When I think of Dangerous Angels, I often think of you. After all, we did go to high school together. 😉 I recall being in the art classroom talking about the books with you and a few other girls. It’s a very “high school” omnibus, Dangerous Angels.

  2. Love hearing your re-read worthy books! I’ve read everything on your list except It and Dangerous Angels. I kind of want to read It, but I read The Shining and it was so terrifying LOL. I don’t know if I could handle scary clowns!

    I’m lucky to have been assigned really good required reading. I like one of the books so much that I’ve written a total of three papers on it just in high school (ehem, Perfume). The only books I’ve read a ton of times are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I’ll read everything a couple of times just out of boredom or nostalgia, sometimes 4 or 5 times if I like them. But I think I can safely say that Tolkien tops my most-read list by a long shot.

    • I haven’t read Perfume, but, from what I saw in the trailers for the movie, I know it will creep me out hardcore. And I mean hardcore. Then again, I read Stephen King’s It in elementary school, so maybe I can handle it.

  3. Like you, I hated my high school reading list with gusto. I ventured out to read adult books quite early as well. Since you mention “It,” I think I have to read it in the near future. I’m a Stephen King fan, you know? 😀

    • I love how many of you are thinking of reading Stephen King’s It now! It really is an awesome book. And then watch the movie when you’re done. 😀

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