We all have those favorite childhood books that have stood the test of time. As You've Got Mail's Kathleen Kelly once so eloquently put it "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." But once you've continually reread them, passed them off to other kids in your life, or just left them to gather dust in boxes, how can you recapture the feeling those cherished books gave you in your youth? Well, finding a book written for adults with similar themes (or even grown-up retellings) is a great place to start.
There are so many great reads that share so much with your childhood favorites, from characters with similar personalities to settings that will remind you of the ones you know like a second home. Whether you're looking to relive a favorite contemporary, dive into some classic-feeling fantasy, or just want a grittier modern retelling of one of your all-time favorites, one of the 11 books below will definitely have you covered. And if you are one to reread your kids' books over and over, you'll love doing a side by side comparison.