Top Ten Tuesday #45: Books I Want to Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

BOOKS I Want to Read Again

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 10 Tuesday post, but I couldn’t pass on this one because it’s the perfect topic for me. I’m a major rereader. I enjoy revisiting stories I love and even those I didn’t to see if my mind has changed. If I didn’t complete a book, it’s highly possible that I might reread it to see if my mood is more in tune with the book then.

Being spoiled on how the story will end doesn’t turn me off either. Most times, I’ll still anticipate what will happen next and will be at the edge of my seat speeding through the book although I know exactly how it all wraps up. I reread to revisit worlds, reengage with characters, and reflect on the author’s prose. And the experience is always different from when I first read the book.

Well then, here are 10 books I’d like to reread.

Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander

I read this years ago when I was in high school and loved it. It’s historical fiction about the notorious mad monk, Rasputin. The story is narrated from his daughter’s POV. I recall it being a very engaging, gripping read. I wonder if such will be the case when I revisit it.

Juniper by Monica Furlong

I read this in high school as well. I don’t remember anything about it other than that it is YA fantasy, I liked the character’s name (Juniper), and the story was slow moving and a touch boring. I believe I won’t like it on reread but I want to try anyway.

Street Dreams by K’wan

One of many Black urban fiction I read in high school, but K’wan’s books were among the few I really liked. I read so many of them that the stories are all jumbled in my mind. I only remember really liking Street Dreams and wanting to get a copy.

The Seven Songs of Merlin by T.A. Barron

I read Barron’s Merlin series when I was in either middle school or high school and really liked the books. But I buddy-read the first book, The Lost Years of Merlin, with Milliebot Reads last year and we both disliked it. It was so boring. I would like to read the second book, The Seven Songs of Merlin, since I already own it and to see if the story gets better then. I remember rereading all the books except the first one several times when I was younger. These books are middle grade fantasy about the great wizard’s young years.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I attempted to read it this past summer but ended up DNF’ing it. I just couldn’t get into the story. It was so uninteresting to me, which is weird because this is right up my alley. I love fantasy stories that deal with gods and all that. I read it with two friends who both liked it.

First Test by Tamora Pierce

I’m slowly rereading my way through Pierce’s YA fantasy books set in Tortall. I enjoyed these books when I was in high school, and it seems that it’s the same now. I still love the Alanna books (Song of the Lioness quartet), Daine’s books (Immortals quartet) didn’t appeal to me as much as they did when I was younger, but I’m still glad I read them. I need to read Keladry’s books (Protector of the Small quartet) next.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

I just feel like I missed some key points on my first read, so I’d like to revisit this. It would probably be helpful for me to read H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Horror at Red Hook” first because it inspired this book, but eh… we’ll see.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

I’m also rereading Riordan’s books. I completed the Percy Jackson ones, so I’ll start on the Heroes of Olympus ones soon. I really enjoyed those books when I first read them (shortly after college) and still like them now. They are just silly and fun.

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

I’m also in the middle of rereading Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, which begins with Eragon. I need to read the third book next. I enjoyed Eragon on reread, but the second book, Eldest, was a bit of a bore, which is probably why I haven’t yet started the third.

Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo

Oh man! I read this book in college for a class and liked it so much. For years I’ve wanted to reread it because I don’t recall much about it other than that it’s set on an island similar to Trinidad, and I think the protagonist works at a retirement home or visits one often or is taking car of an elderly person…? Memory is foggy.

Well, I’d like to reread these and more.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what book would you most like to reread.

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #45: Books I Want to Reread

  1. Lol I look forward to you reading more Merlin cuz I’m never gonna 🤣 I want to reread American Gods cuz I don’t remember like anything. Lol. And I want to properly judge the show someday.

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    1. 🤣🤣 I’m def getting to those Merlin books next year so I can see whether to keep them or chuck them, lol!
      Btw, another CM Waggoner book is coming out next year. I forgot when, but if you’re up for it, maybe we can buddy-read it too.

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  2. I’ve always told myself that I’d reread a couple of books but I feel like it’s something that future me will have to handle as my backlog of “new” books to read is too great hahaha Hope your next attempt at American Gods will be a bit more successful!

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  3. Oh this is an interesting list, lots of different types of reads on here. I have a huge list of books I want to reread. But then I also spend a lot of time glancing at my TBR haha.

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  4. I like your approach to the list. I read the Tortall books about two years ago, and ended up really loving Kel. Hope you do too! I didn’t enjoy American Gods (I also felt like that was weird, since I usually love Gaiman and thought I’d like the mythology). I love re-reading — if I loved a book once, why not experience it all over again?
    My TTT

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    1. That’s my approach too to rereading books 🙂
      Yea, American Gods certainly seems to be one of those that people either really like or really dislike, no middle ground.

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  5. I agree with you with The Ballad of Black Tom. I really enjoyed it but its one of those books where you probably get more out of it each time you read it.

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    1. Most def. Although I told myself I won’t read any Lovecraft, I may read the short story that influence LaValle’s book because I wonder if it will make the reading experience richer to see what LaValle is responding to.

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  6. Yeah I don’t mind being spoiled during a re- read. It’ s still fun to revisit the story even if you already know what’s gonna happen.

    I’ve never read Tamora Pierce.

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    1. It sure is. 🙂
      Oh man! I love Pierce’s books, but I know most of that is due to nostalgia. I still think they are entertaining reads and would recommend them.

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  7. I really want to read American Gods – especially because I love the show that they made based off it – but I’ve heard a lot of people saying basically what you said so I’m apprehensive.

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    1. It certainly seems like a love-hate book, and I think Gaiman mentioned that in the intro to it here (or maybe I read it elsewhere). I’d like to try the show.

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  8. My latest reread was of annie dillard’s teaching a stone to talk.
    Half of the book was mixed with d m Thomas’s white hotel (also falling apart, and moved to the unhalling* place) the other “pieces of half, on the shelves in the bus.
    A great work by dillard I would highly recommend.

    I also dug out Lydia millet’s” oh pure and radiant heart”.
    I really liked the story and it’s author’s dream like imagery on my first reading.

    Not overly in the reread frame of mind though,
    “The same but NEW”
    Shout a thousand thoughts.

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