One of the biggest changes that has happened in my reading life since my childhood and teenage years is that I no longer reread books. When I was younger, at least half of my reading consisted of me rereading old favourites, yet now I can only remember one reread from the past few years (I reread the Harry Potter series last year, which I blogged about here).
I think a lot of this has been down to my ever-growing TBR list. There are so many new books I want to read that it seems like wasting time to be rereading. But the thing is, I miss it! There are so many old favourites I haven’t revisited for years and new favourites that I’ve only read once, that I feel like I really need to do some rereading soon.
So here are 10 books that are going to be top of the list when I finally get around to doing some rereading:
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I think I was around 11 years old when I first read the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke, and I was absolutely enchanted. Here was a book series about books, book lovers and being literally sucked into the pages of a book, so it felt like a series I’d been waiting my whole life to read.
I read the series so many times throughout my teenage years, yet I haven’t revisited it at all in my twenties, so I think it’s about time.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings is another book series that I reread constantly as a teenager, and it was one of the biggest factors behind my love of fantasy. Yes, it goes on a bit and there aren’t enough female characters, but it’s one of the pillar stones of the whole fantasy genre for a reason, and I’d love to read it again (when, you know, I have a very large window of time to fill!).
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Watership Down is an incredibly strange book, but one that I equal parts adored and found quite upsetting as a child (much like the film version!). On the surface it may sound kind of silly, as a book about talking rabbits, but it’s actually quite dark and violent, but also full of heart. I haven’t read this since my early teenage years, so I’d definitely be interested to revisit it as an adult.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
I’ve never been a huge reader of contemporary, but when I started reading Sarah Dessen’s books as a teenager, I was hooked. I could really relate to her flawed protagonists and their feelings of not fitting in, and I loved the uplifting journeys they go on of finally finding their people and discovering what life is really all about.
And my favourite of those stories was The Truth About Forever, which even to this day I just have to think about to feel all warm and nostalgic! I’d like to do a reread of all of Sarah Dessen’s old books to be fair, but The Truth About Forever would definitely be at the top of my list.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Not long before I joined the book blogging world in 2014, I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was just blown away! As someone who has always really struggled with being shy and living in my own head a lot, I related to Cath in a way that I don’t think I’ve ever related to another character, and so I loved her story so much.
I still, to this day, have only read the book once though, so I’d love to read it again!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I first read Six of Crows a couple of years ago, and it immediately became a favourite of mine. However, due to the fact I just don’t reread anymore, I’ve still only read it once, which seems ridiculous when I would describe it as one of my favourite books.
I’ve also read Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy since I read the Six of Crows duology, so I’d be interested to reread it and see what references to the original trilogy I missed!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Back when I started blogging, the one series everyone was talking about was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (I think the third book may have just come out around then?). It was the first book I read because of book blogging, and I absolutely loved it!
Of course, a lot has happened since then. A lot of the book blogging community seems to have soured on Sarah J. Maas’ work, and I know a lot of people weren’t happy with the direction the series went in. I definitely feel like it had a huge change in tone part way through, but personally I enjoyed the series to the end, for the most part. But I’d definitely be interested to go back to where it all began, and see what I think now!
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
A couple of years ago I read my first Juliet Marillier book, Daughter of the Forest, on a total whim, and I’m so glad I did! I don’t often do that these days, where I pick up a book at the bookshop that I had no prior knowledge of, but I loved the sound of Daughter of the Forest, and it immediately went onto my list of all-time favourite books.
But as with Six of Crows, I’ve still only read it once, so I really need to read it again!
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I read and liked the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson a while back, but it was with the Stormlight Archives that I truly fell in love. The Way of Kings just had such a wonderfully unique and complex world, and I adored the characters, particular Kaladin and his crew of misfits in Bridge Four.
I’ve since enjoyed the next two instalments, Words of Radiance and Oathbringer, but while I’m waiting for the next book I’d really like to revisit The Way of Kings.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
After reading and falling in love with Wintersong a couple of years ago, I found myself anxiously awaiting the next instalment, Shadowsong. The release day came and went, I managed to get hold of a copy…and it’s now two years later, and I still haven’t read it.
I don’t know why, since I adored Wintersong so much, but I need to read the second book soon! I feel like I need to reread Wintersong before then though, to remind myself of what happened, so hopefully I’ll get around to it soon.
So do you reread often? Are there any books you’d like to reread soon?