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To Read or Not to Reread – 5 Books I’d Like to Read Again

Are you a re-reader? That wasn’t a stutter, I’m curious to know if you read books over again. There are so many books in the world, and even more are getting published every day. Most of us have an ever-growing list of dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of books we’d like to read in our life-time, so it probably sounds counter-productive to go back and re-read a book. I don’t often allow myself the pleasure of a good re-read, but a good book is a good book and should be worth re-reading shouldn’t it? It’s like sitting in that most comfortable chair, in your favorite corner, with a warm cup of tea and an old friend to chat with. So I gathered up a few books that I read years ago, that I feel are due for a re-read.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones

I consider this one of my favorite books, though, I confess, I can hardly remember the plot line. I’ve seen the Miyazaki film dozens of times, and the two have somewhat blurred together in my memory. The book, and Studio Ghibili adaptation are quite different, and I feel like I underappreciated the book when I first read it a few years ago. Dianna Wynne Jones fills her stories with so many unique, and funky details, it’s sometimes hard to take it all in. And since Dianna Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors, and Howl’s Moving Castle is one of her most legendary works, I must give it a proper re-read.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m not exactly part of the Austen fan club, but I have read most of her books. Some I enjoyed, others, not so much. One that I did enjoy, as far as can I remember, was Pride and Prejudice. It’s been, seven…? eight…? maybe even nine…? years since I read this book, and all that I can remember is a certain Mr. Wickham dashing off with a certain daft younger sister. I know that is but a smidgen of what occurs in this book, and not at all the main plot, but for some reason that is what stuck in my memory. I’m terrible at remembering what happens in books after I finish them, which is probably why I like re-reading, because it’s almost as if I’m reading them for the first time…again! I’m hoping that that is the case with this book. I’d love to dive in with fresh eyes, and experience the story all over again. And since this book is so highly acclaimed, I feel it deserves closer look.

3. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Kudos to anyone out there who knew that C.S. Lewis also wrote a sci-fi series. I wasn’t aware of that fact, until I chanced upon the series while sifting through the bookshelves at a thrift store. But I digress… where was I? This book is yet another case of, ‘I’m sure I read that book, I’m just not sure what happened’. This book too, went by rather under appreciated by my youthful brain. What remains of my foggy memory are strange, gorilla-like creatures, on this far-out planet, (and that much is evident by the cover). Anyway, I’d really like to read this story again with a more mature perspective.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

First off, a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella definitely deserves to be read. Second of all, The Lunar Chronicles is probably one of my favorite series ever. I have so many fond memories of reading this series, and waiting eagerly for each release. I remember reading each book as fast as I could, so that I could pass them on to my sisters after I’d finished, (I always insisted on reading them first). I want to read these books again, simply because I miss them. I miss the world, and all of the colorful characters, the moon castles, cyborgs, lonely satellites, a certain prince, and so much more. One of my sisters and I have been talking about re-reading Cinder for a while now, and I think the time has finally come.

5. The Blood Race by K.A. Emmons

What should I say about this book? The premise is so unique, and I’ve never read anything else like it. I really enjoyed this story and all of the deep, gut-wrenching moments, I absolutely couldn’t wait to read the second book. But for some reason, I never got around to it. I’m not sure what held me up for so long, since it’s still high up on my to be read list. So before I strike up part two of this series, I feel that I should go back and reorient myself with the first book. This is an indie published novel, which is awesome, so I want to continue my support of the rest of the series.

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There are so many more books I’d like add to this list but I don’t want to keep you here all day. For me, re-reading books is a lot of fun, and its kind of like catching up with that old friend, taking a trip down memory lane, back to some of my favorite worlds, and favorite characters. There are certain books that I could read over and over again, but I chose a few books that I haven’t read in a long while, and that I don’t ever want to forget about.

What about you? Do you ever re-read books? What are some books that you’d like to read all over again?

Thanks for reading,

Lady S

6 thoughts on “To Read or Not to Reread – 5 Books I’d Like to Read Again

  1. I rarely go back to books I’ve finished, but the few that I have re-read, I’ve enjoyed so much! And there’s always something I missed in the first go around. One book I could read over and over is, An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. It’s like you said, feels like an old friend that I never want to forget. I’ve been through the story three times now, and think I might be do for a fourth. Tom and Polly will forever have my heart! Thank you for sharing your future re-reads! Might have to join in on Cinder. Although, rather than a certain prince, I find myself missing a certain captain! 😉

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    1. An Old Fashioned Girl will always have a special place in my heart. ❤
      And of course, Captain Thorne happens to be my very favorite captain in the galaxy.
      Thanks for stopping by! 😉

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  2. What, everyone doesn’t go back and reread their favorite books?! XD. I’ve read my favorite series, Harry Potter, at least six times so far! And I’m already planning another reread for this summer! Sometimes, I’ll have a specific scene running in my head and just have to go grab it from my shelf (I’ve memorized it so much that I often know exactly where to flip to) and read that scene, happily sigh, and move on with my day.
    And I just finished the Lunar Chronicles for the first time this winter. It was really good! I think my favorite characters are Cinder, Kai, and Jacin. Cinder, because she’s the main character and I pretty much always choose the main character as my favorite. Kai, because he carried such a weight on his shoulders but still managed to be fun and funny and let people in (mainly Cinder). Jacin, because he too carried a weight under that snarky, uncaring facade.
    And some of the scenes were just really, really adorable and I loved that!

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    1. Lol, I think most readers do reread actually! XD
      I totally agree, Cinder and Kai are my favorite as well, (though I have do have a soft spot for Wolf ;D). And I think Jacin is a really underrated character. He’s such a good guy! ❤
      It's so much fun to reminisce about all my favorite scenes from books, and if I'm not careful I'd spend all day day-dreaming. 🙂

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  3. I’ve heard of all of these and I’ve read some, too (most are on my TBR!) I breezed through the Lunar Chronicles in 6 days; it was so good! Cress and Thorne are my favourites ❤ What about you? Pride and Prejudice is awesome. It's one of those novels you end up reading again, again and again! Howl's Moving Castle is supposed to be awesome! Great post :))

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    1. Hey there!
      Cress and Thorne are definitely at the top of my list, but I will always have a soft spot for Cinder and Kai! XD I’m really looking forwards to reading Pride and Prejudice again, but I must get a hold on my TBR first, lol.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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