15 Books To Reread As An Adult, Because You'll Get So Much More Out Of Them The Second Time Around

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When you're growing up, there are some books you read because you want to read them. You picked them out by yourself at the school library or on a special trip to the bookstore with your parents. And then there are the other books in your childhood and teenage years: the ones you were forced to read. Many of them have remained the same for generations. Your mother will notice you reading The Metamorphosis or Lord of The Flies and will get nostalgic for high school English class, while you remain annoyed that you're being forced to read anything, let alone the same seemingly stale list of books that your mother read 25 years ago. I feel like even when I did like the reading, I still had a bad attitude about it.

Luckily, as I left high school and grew out of many bad teenage attitudes and habits, I realized that reading those books really stuck with me. As we mature and change, the stories we know start to take on different meanings. The summer after my first year, I reread The Grapes of Wrath and picked up on themes and symbols and metaphors that went completely over my head when I read it as a teenager. Here are 15 books that'll become way better the second time around. Prepare to be wowed.

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