This has actually been a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately, so when I saw it on the list of upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topics, I knew I had to do this one.
I very rarely re-read books. Mostly because there isn’t enough time to read all the NEW books I haven’t read yet, so why would I “waste” that limited time reading something I’ve already read? This is kind of a flawed attitude in many ways. For one thing, this same philosophy doesn’t extend to TV shows and movies, as I tend to re-watch old favourites until everyone around me is sick of them. Also, is it really a waste of time if it’s spent doing something I already know I enjoyed?
I am cheating a little bit because while I technically kept the list to 10 books I want to re-read, it kinda goes without saying that if I’m going to re-read one I might as well tackle the whole series.
(If you aren’t familiar with Top Ten Tuesday, it is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is posted and bloggers take that theme and write a blog post inspired by it. It’s a lot of fun and a really great way to get some inspiration for what to write. Often the Top Ten Tuesday prompts give me tons of other great ideas for future blog posts, which is really great and I’m very thankful for that.)
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Books I Want To Read Again
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was actually the book series that initially sent me down this rabbit hole of wanting to re-experience a story I remember loving. I ended up re-watching all the movies a couple weekends ago and I’m thinking I might do a re-read soon which might lead to a blog post reflecting on some of my thoughts about the series as a whole, now that it’s been a decade since it came out.
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I remember loving this series so much, but I can’t exactly remember how it unfolds. I can recall certain details here and there; character names, intriguing plot points, some pretty cool descriptions, but a lot of the rest has faded now. I do remember getting really annoyed with, or sick of, the main character for some reason but I’m not sure exactly why. I also remember thinking this really should have been made into a movie because there was so much potential for awesome visuals, but I don’t think it ever was…was it?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I always tell people this is one of my favourite books ever, and it is, but would I still feel that way if I read it again now? That’s a small part of why re-reading makes me nervous. What if I read The Night Circus again and I hate it this time and then my fond memories of it are ruined? Maybe I’m overthinking it (I do that) but it scares me a little. Nevertheless, I have been thinking of re-reading this book sometime soon.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. I have the exact same feelings about this as the Night Circus above. It’s one of my favourites, I’m worried re-reading it will ruin it, blah blah blah. But I also am curious to remind myself if it really is as good as I’ve been telling people all these years.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I enjoyed Caraval when I first read it, but I didn’t love the series until the second book. It actually wasn’t even that long ago that I read the final book (maybe even last year?) but I know that by the end I was completely in love with it and now I want to read it again. I don’t even know what else to say other than that.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I very distinctly recall being drawn to this book because the cover was beautiful, then falling in love with – while often being uncomfortable by – the story. I also recall I was writing a story around the same time (still am, never finished, shhhh….) and I became very concerned that my story was leaning in the direction of being way too inspired by this series. (The stories are completely different, there were just too many similar details and I ended up changing and cutting a bunch of stuff that I was worried I had copied unintentionally.) I also remember the ending didn’t make any sense to me at the time, so I’m curious to see what I would make of it now.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Wasn’t this the series where love was considered a sickness that could be removed with surgery? I think I’m remembering that right. Clearly I need to read it again. I do remember being really happy with the direction this story chose to go with the whole love interest part, but I’m not going to say anything else in case I’m remembering it completely wrong. (Plus spoilers, even though it’s been out for a long time now.) Oh, I also remember that like 4 of the names in this book were names of characters in my book I was working on at the time, and that freaked me out so bad.
Matched by Ally Condie. I used to be such a sucker for this general story concept: semi dystopian type world where citizen’s lives are controlled in unreasonable ways – even if the hero doesn’t realize it’s unreasonable in the beginning – then something happens to make them question what they’ve always known, and then the eventual journey to learn more and often rebel against the rules of the world they live in. Ok, fine, whatever, I’m still a sucker for this type of story. And I’m very curious to see if I would still enjoy this one, which I am pretty sure I very much enjoyed many years ago.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I only just read the Starless Sea this year and already I want to re-read it. Ok to be honest, I wanted to re-read it the second I finished, but I haven’t gotten around to it just yet. I’m just so in love with this story and want to experience it a million more times, even though I know it’ll never be quite the same as the very first time. I remember really struggling to finish this book because I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end, so I kept trying to stretch it out longer somehow.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I mostly want to re-read this one because I feel like I will need to refresh my memory before diving into the 3rd book, which is due to come out soon (has come out?) I believe. I think that is honestly one of my biggest pet peeves about books and release dates, is how when a new book in a series comes out a lot of the time it’s been so long since I read any of the previous ones that I’m lost for awhile unless I re-read the first book(s) and like we addressed above, WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT??? But I am going to make an effort to re-read the first 2 books in this series before reading the 3rd. Hopefully.
So there is my list for this week. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the books I chose, and leave me a link to your TTT because I love reading how different people chose to approach the same prompt!
Have a great day! Stay safe & healthy!