Welcome to this week’s ‘Two For Tuesday’, a weekly post hosted by myself, The Reading Nook, where each week I pick a bookish topic and discuss two of my favourite (or least favourite) things about that topic! If you feel like joining in, feel free to use the above picture, and don’t forget to link back to the post so everyone can see!
This week’s topic : Two books you can read over and over again.
These are those books that you keep coming back to, like an old friend or a comfortable blanket. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read them, or how well you know the plot and how it ends, you just can’t resist them. I have a few of these in mind, but I’ve narrowed them down to the following :
-Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. A well known classic, and a favourite amongst many. I was first introduced to this book when we read it in school, and I was an immediate fan. From the opening lines – “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ we are sucked into the story, and into the Bennett family. It is set in a time when the most important thing a girl could do is secure a good husband, but the protagonist, Elizabeth, is not so interested in that, much to the dismay of her ‘long suffering’ mother. She would much rather conspiring with her good friend Charlotte, than parading herself at the many balls that are thrown. Enter the sullen and mysterious Mr Darcy, arguably one of the most well known and romanticised male figures in literature. I just love this story because it’s not your typical ‘love at first sight’ story, it takes a while for both characters to discover their feelings and there is a mutual respect for each other because they got to know each other while falling in love. There are many aspects to the book that I love, apart from the romance, and it is a book that I don’t see myself tiring of.
-To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Another favourite, and another book that I’m sure shows up on many lists. How could anyone not fall in love with this book? Atticus Finch is a brilliant character, well written, steadfast, raising his children to show respect to those around them, and teaching them to be kind. It is a book with, in my opinion, some of the most instantly recognizable characters – Scout and Jem, Boo Radley, Calpurnia, Dill, and many more. It is just a beautiful literary masterpiece that I would urge everyone to read at least once in their lifetime. (As for the sequel…well, maybe To Kill A Mockingbird should have stayed a standalone..)
Have you read these? If not, why not? They’re amazing! Let me know your opinions in the comments!