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10 Must Read Books That You Can Re-Read Now That You Are Older

Reading books can be such a relaxing endeavor, and sometimes re-reading books can make us understand things we missed the first time. We all have our favorites, and sometimes the only way to revive a memory or a feeling is to re-read a book you haven’t thought of in years. You are older now, wiser, and your mentality is a lot more mature. It might surprise you but the books you read when you were 15 years old might have a great impact on your actual perceptions. The following 10 must-read books should definitely be included on your 'to-re-read' list:

1. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

If you read this book when you were in your teens, now it’s the perfect time to give it another go because you definitely didn’t like it in the first place. The story revolves around Holden Caulfield, a 16-year old child who quits school and leaves Pennsylvania for New York. Enticing, heartbreaking, and truly emotional, the book will certainly help you understand some things you couldn’t when you were younger.

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2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’s best and most enticing books, Great Expectations, tells the story of Pip, a child who grows up in misery but struggles to become a real gentleman someday. The book is additionally focused on Pip’s great love Estella, whom he loves but will never have. There have been so many movies made after the book that it’s almost impossible not to relate to the character and plot.

3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Related in the simplest, most enticing language, The Old Man and the Sea is Ernest Hemingway’s most lasting works. The plot is centered on a Cuban fisherman and his utmost ordeal – an agonizing, relentless battle with a gigantic marlin nestled in the Gulf Stream. The classic novel won the Nobel Prize in 1954, so it’s definitely worth a re-read.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Another classic novel you just have to re-read is Pride and Prejudice. The plot centers on two main characters – Elizabeth Bennet and the aristocratic Fitzwilliam Darcy. Mostly preferred by women, the book tells the love of these two characters for whom the barrier between pride and prejudice must be overcome in order for them to live their love story.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Acclaimed by generations and still one of the best novels of the 20th-century literature, The Great Gatsby focuses its storyline on the wealthy Mr. Jay Gatsby and his great love for the superb Daisy Buchanan. Exquisitely crafted in the 1920s, the book will certainly bring back some old memories from your youth.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

An instant bestseller, an unforgettable story of youth, and a Pulitzer Prize are only 3 reasons for you to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s novel is mind-blowing, dramatic, compassionate, and deeply moving. It relates to the roots of our human behavior by interconnecting feelings of cruelty and kindness, experience and innocence, hatred and love, pathos and humor; translated in more than 40 languages and sold in 14 million copies, you could easily read it over and over again every year and still not get bored.

7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick is without a doubt one of the most respected and widely-read books in American literature. It centers on the story of Captain Ahab and his remorseless chase of the Moby Dick, a great white whale who managed to mutilate him on their last encounter. Mixing a symbolic allegory with conflicting principles of brave determination, re-read this book is a must.

8. Animal Farm by George Orwell

George Orwell’s allegorical novel might not have been among your favorites in high-school, but you’ll certainly love it now that you are older and more mature. Although the story happens on an island and it centers its attention on a couple of kids fighting for survival, the underlying message reflects on the events leading to and throughout the Stalin period prior to the Second World War.

9. Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë

A love story in the wildest, most passionate and almost demonic sense of the world, Wuthering Heights is deeply focused on the love between the beautiful Catherine and Heathcliff, her stepbrother. After wrongfully assuming that his love is not shared, Catherine makes Heathcliff leave only to come back after several years a polished, healthy man looking for revenge. Extremely provocative and vindictive, Wuthering Heights is a genuine masterpiece that will entice your senses each time you re-read it.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

After being thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Edmond Dantes is confined in the If fortress (Château d'If) where he learns more about a great treasure hidden on the Monte Cristo Isle. Determined to escape and find it to build a life, Edmond starts a quest to destroy the men who unjustly sentenced him to prison. Hugely popular and internationally hailed, the book will surely bring back some really good memories.

This article is drawn by a blogger and freelance writer, Edward Francis. He writes on various topics and posts them at top quality blogs. He also writes for a site http://www.lovereading.co.uk/ for getting a large variety of books.

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