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.