"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty... The o...

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"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty... The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all." - C.S. Lewis

The very afternoon I wrote this post, I finished reading a short collection of C.S. Lewis's essays on the joys of reading ("The Reading Life"). Not only was it inspiring, thought-provoking and at times downright funny, it confirmed my determination to start re-reading books this year. For a good few months I've considered re-reading my old favourites, and hearing Lewis praising children's stories made me yearn for them even more.



So, over the course of 2020, I'll be re-reading each month one of my childhood favourites, or books that hugely impacted my writing and reading taste. Then I'll report back if, according to Lewis, they're "worth reading" and hold up to the test of time. Am I terrified they won't? You bet. But I'm excited to embark on an experiment to see if they can reignite the same kind passion and love for story in me as they once did!

Here's the schedule of reads planned so far (subject to huge change):

January: The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
February: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
March: Babysitters' Club by Ann M. Martin
April: Cleopatra (My Royal Story) by Kristiana Gregory
May: Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale
JuneEnna Burning by Shannon Hale
July: Raiders From the Sea (Viking Quest) by Lois Walfrid Johnson
August: A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker
September: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
October: The Beyonders by Brandon Mull
November: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
December: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson



I can't wait to revisit these childhood favourites of mine and re-experience their magic! To sign off, let me leave you with a few more priceless quotes from Lewis:

"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last. A waltz which you can like only when you are waltzing is a bad waltz."

"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childlessness and the desire to be very grown up."

"Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us. No reader worth his salt trots along in obedience to a time-table."



I'd so love for you in join me in this challenge! 
If you'd be interested in me making this a blog party or link-up, let me know, and I'd be happy to host! 
What are your childhood favourites? Have you ever re-read them, and if so, what was that experience like? Did you fall in love with them all over again? <3 


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19 comments:

  1. I love C. S. Lewis quotes! I reread a lot of books in 2018, so I want to do it again. I especially want to reread The Chronicles of Narnia. ;) I'll try to join you in this.

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    1. I feel like I could fill up a whole notebook with his quotes, haha! :D Ooh that sounds like a fantastic re-read, I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. This is an AMAZING idea! I've made the goal of not purchasing any more unread books until I can knock down my towering TBR shelf a good bit, but I've got so many incredible books & series that I wish to reread with seemingly not enough time to do so. But something like this is a great way to MAKE time.

    Some of my favorite books growing up was the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, all the Nancy Drew classics, & of course the Chronicles of Narnia---just to name a few. I plan on rereading the Narnia series this year! (I'm just not sure exactly when I'll get to them)

    Thanks for sharing! And happy reading!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah!! That's a goal I admire deeply; go conquer your bookshelves! I hope that rereading might give you an excuse to revisit your favourites. :D

      Oooh some amazing choices there!! Let me know how it goes. Happy reading!

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  3. Hi!
    Funny thing, I actually started to re-read books that I liked back when I was younger. It happened through chance, since I saw one of my favorite books (Alcatraz versus the evil libarians by Brandon Sanderson) in a booksale. So I thought, it needs a home - why not re-read the whole series?
    And I have to say - it is still really good, but it can't hold up to the memory. Somehow it was much funnier back than... though a lot of reading time and aging happened between now and than. ;-)
    The best of luck with your books and pleease do share your experience. It is really interessting how we perceive things over time.

    Book Traveller

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    1. Hi and welcome! :D Ooh wow, it's great that you got into a habit of re-reading early, I wish I had! Aw it's too bad it's not quite as good as you remember; perhaps your sense of humour has matured? Hopefully you find other rereads that hold up to the test of time!

      Thank you, I'll be sharing my thoughts each month on a reread! :D

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  4. This is such a cool idea! Can't wait to hear about all the books on the list that are new to me and fangirl about the old favorites!

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    1. Thanks MK, I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you all! <3

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  5. Oh, I love this idea! And ahhh the Babysitters Club!! Those were pretty much all I read for a while growing up, aside from horse books. xD It sure would be a nostalgia trip going back and reading those again. Fun fact: I actually have quite a few Babysitters Club books and I'd love to own them all someday and read them all through. I'd say they definitely helped grow my love for reading.

    Also, I have some Spiderwick Chronicles books on my shelf! I've never read them, but I picked them up cheap one time and I've been looking forward to reading them eventually. :D

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    1. Yay, another Babysitters Club fan!!! I feel like I read all several dozen books in a row, there were so many! It will definitely be a nostalgia trip for sure. :D I hope you get a chance to reread them again some day!

      That series was what sparked my love for fantasy worlds!! I'll let you know how it holds up to the adult read soon haha. xD

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  6. This sounds really cool. Now you're making me want to do something like this. I'd actually have to think about what books influenced me, though.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Oh I'm glad, I hope you might join in too this year!

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  7. This is so cool! I hope you enjoy them as much as you used to. Viking Quest holds a very special place in my heart too, and I want to reread sometime as well!!

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    1. Thanks Lila, I hope so too! :D Aw yayyyy another Viking Quest fan! I hope you get to reread them soon. :)

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  8. This is such a neat challenge! And I love those Lewis quotes! I’m so glad you loved the Boxcar Children too! That was a big book for me. My cousins and I used to pretend to be the boxcar children we loved it so much.

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    1. Thanks Victoria, glad you think so! Yes I love Lewis quotes! Honestly, he somehow manages to be both sassy and wise at once. Yessss Boxcar Children was such an important book for developing my love of reading! Aw that's so cute!

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  9. This is such a wonderful idea!!! I was planning on re-reading Narnia this month. Maybe I'll continue re-reading a childhood fave all year. :)

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    1. I'd love for you to join me!! Hope you enjoy your reread. :D

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  10. This is such a cool idea! I've been meaning to re read Narnia.

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