I’ve mentioned this a few times on the blog before, but rereading is not really my thing. At all. There are very few books that I’ve ever reread, and those were either for university or when I was a kid.
I know some people out there love to reread their favourites, sometimes rereading them every year. While I think that’s pretty dope and sounds like a good time, I’ve always preferred to invest my time in books that I haven’t read yet. However, over the last few months there are certain books I’ve been thinking I’d like to revisit.
In the past I’ve read Pride & Prejudice a couple times, and the first few Harry Potter books a few times, and Tiny Beautiful Things, but that’s it! But as more time passes since I’ve read some of my all time favourites, I’m starting to miss them. I want to see them again, to adventure with them again, to re familiarize myself with their world and their stories.
Who knows if I will actually get around to doing this any time soon (so many books, so little time and all that), but I’d like to. If I do get around to it, these are the books that I’m considering rereading!
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Depending how you look at it, this is either one book in three parts, or a trilogy. I’m counting it as one book because in my mind you can’t have one without the other. Lord of the Rings is one of my all time favourites. I’m in love with Aragorn, obsessed with Middle Earth, and have a tattoo in Elvish on my shoulder. This world I can revisit through the movies, but as all of us bookworms know, it’s not quite the same.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
So, already I know there’s a theme here. It’s my all time favourite books that I want to check out again. I read and studied Jane Eyre when I was in university and I immediately fell in love. Jane has a rough life, but she never lets her circumstances change her principles or who she truly is as a person. She knows who she is and what she values, and she won’t compromise that for anyone or anything. Sure, that might get her into a mess or two, but she always get through it because she’s so strong. I’d like to think that last year was my “Jane Eyre” year, and I’m getting a tattoo next week to commemorate that. Keep a look out on my instagram. 😉
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King
Again, another one of my favourite books. I think if someone asks me what my favourite is, this is what I tell them. It’s so good. The first book I read by AS King was Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future and I really liked it. But when I picked up Please Ignore Vera Dietz, I fell in love. I think when I finished Vera I had the worst book hangover I’ve ever had. A reread is the perfect excuse to finally get a copy of this one in hardcover 🙂
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
This book was the subject of my undergrad thesis. I argued that in this book, Edith Wharton, though a Realist, makes use of the feminine literary tradition of American Sentimentalism. And that feminine didn’t mean lesser. Through this book and this project, I also realized I was a feminist. I spent a lot of time with this book and these characters. I spent a lot of time looking at the way Wharton constructed this story and what that meant. This book meant a lot to me then, and still does now. I want to sit with them again. Have tea with Lily and Seldon. A reread would definitely be welcome.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I think I maybe saw the movie before I read this book. I really enjoyed the movie. But the book really dives into the dystopian subtleties and explores the meaning of humanity in a much deeper way. I just… can’t even. This is such a beautiful book about love and friendship, and it’s one of my favourites. I miss it and want to put it into my brain again.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
I read this series when I was in junior high, and I was completely obsessed. It was my favourite series at the time. I even somehow incorporating dressing up as Gemma into a school project. How do you dress up as Gemma, you ask? I basically just wore a dress and said, “Hi, I’m Gemma.” I would love to dive back into this work and meet all the characters again. I’m hesitant because of the nostalgia factor–I don’t want it to be a let down all these year later! But at the same time, with Bray, I’m not too worried.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
When I read this book, it was honestly all I could do. Good thing I was on vacation! I ate, slept, and breathed this book. It’s completely engrossing and captivating. Pessl builds the story and the legend of Stanislas Cordova is such a compelling way they you almost feel like he must be a real person. The way Pessl weaves other mediums throughout the book really enhances it. The newspaper clippings? The webpages? The app? It’s more than a book. It’s a whole experience. One I’m kind of eager to relive! Wanna know more? Check out my review!
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Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.