I just picked up a couple of Tony Hillerman books, The Dance Hall of the Dead and A Thief of Time. I got them because they're on the top 100 list I'm reading.
Of course, I'd read them before. But they are well worth reading again. I remember my feeling that The Dance Hall of the Dead was one of the two best of the Hillerman books. Don't ask me the title of the other which I thought was best. I could tell you what happened in the book, though.
What books to reread? Of the books on the list, there are several I will not reread. I probably won't reread The Murder of Roger Ackroyd or Murder on the Orient Express though they are classics. I taught a semester high school class in reading mystery stories once. Those books were on the reading list. I've read them several times.
I won't reread In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. That murder took place in a small town not too far from where I grew up. That book hit awfully close to home the first time I read it when it was first published.
And I won't reread To Kill a Mockingbird, not because it isn't worthy, but because I've read it several times. Also we've seen the drama at the Arrow Rock Lyceum which is just down the road from us.
But I will reread Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. I very much agreed with the way the list placed The Maltese Falcon second. My own opinion (worth a nickel and cup of coffee, as my mother used to say) is that Hammet is a writer of the stature of William Faulkner and Mark Twain. Most people don't recognize that because he was a genre writer.
And I will reread some modern books on the list such as A is for Alibi.
What I reread shows a lot about me.
I'm making progress on the list. I'm in the midst of nine volumes of Sherlock Holmes right now. And I'm enjoying it. Some of these stories involve rereading. Some, I'm reading for the first time.
What books would you reread?