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As much as I enjoy discovering a new book or author, re-reading an old favorite is like sitting down with a dear friend for a long-overdue visit. For this Friday Faves, I wanted to share the top five stand-alone titles that I love to re-read. Happy Reading (and rereading)!

The Red TentTHE RED TENT
by Anita Diamant
(1998)

This reimagining brings the ancient account of the Book of Genesis to life through the eyes of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah. In a family of a dozen sons, Dinah is sole heiress to the traditions and knowledge of her mothers. Honest and genuine as she shares her epic journey, you’ll feel as though Dinah were a life-long friend.

 

 

Till We Have FacesTILL WE HAVE FACES: A MYTH RETOLD
by C.S. Lewis
(1985)

Few books have affected me as much as this gorgeous retelling of the Psyche and Cupid myth. The story centers on Orual, the infamously ugly eldest sister of Psyche, whose astounding beauty earns her the wrath of the goddess Ungit. Lewis’ take on this age-old story explores love in all its forms – familial and romantic, possessive and selfless, destructive and nurturing – as Orual grapples with the divine for understanding and justice.  

 

 

The Two Princesses of BamarreTHE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE
by Gail Carson Levine
(2001)

You’ve probably heard of ELLA ENCHANTED (another great one to re-read), but you may not have heard of this charming tale. These two sisters couldn’t be more different; Addie is fearful and shy, while brave Meryl longs for adventure. Their world is turned upside down when Meryl contracts the mortal plague known as Gray Death. Desperate to save her sister, Addie takes up a quest to cure the incurable. Can she face her fears – not to mention monsters and other dangers – before it’s too late?  

 

Good OmensGOOD OMENS: THE NICE AND ACCURATE PROPHECIES OF AGNES NUTTER, WITCH
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
(1990)

In short, this is one of the most hilarious books ever written. The End Times are upon us, but never fear, Arizaphale and Crowley are on the case. You’ve definitely heard of them, if not by name; you know, that angel with the flaming sword at the gate of Eden and that demon, aka “the serpent,” who tempted Eve? That’s them. They’ve been living among us a long time and quite like things as they are. All they have to do to stop the Apocalypse and dodge the forces of both Good and Evil and find the Antichrist - but that darn kid isn’t where he should be…  

 

The Importance of Being EarnestTHE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by Oscar Wilde
(1895)

If you’ve never experienced the unparalleled wit and sass of Oscar Wilde, start with this side-splitting play. John has invented a younger brother named Ernest, a debt-ridden scoundrel, to use as an excuse (and alias) to go to London whenever he likes. Complications arise when he falls for the lovely Gwendolyn, cousin to his friend Algernon, and wants to propose – but her mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell, will have none of it. Mistaken identity, romance, family secrets, stress eating – this play has it all. When you’re finished reading, check out the delightful film adaptation starring Collin Firth, Rupert Everett, Frances O’Conner, Judy Dench, and Reese Witherspoon. 

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