Top Ten Tuesday: Regular rereads
I don’t often have time to reread books I loved, because there are too many titles still waiting on my TBR. That’s not including the amount of new books released – or announced – every week!
However, there are a few exceptions: books I loved so much the first time around that I can’t resist picking them up again or again (or books I know I loved, but can’t remember no matter how many times I read them!).
These ten books are those exceptions.
10) Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman
I’ve only read Retribution twice, but Jilliane Hoffman’s writing is terrifyingly intense. No other crime novel has gripped me in the same way: I struggled to sleep, eat or think of anything apart from Retribution until I’d finished it. I’m planning to reread it at some point soon, but I’m a little nervous in case it isn’t as flawless as I remember (I did read it for the first time at 13, after all!).
9) Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Although I wasn’t as impressed by Postmortem second time around – dropping it from five stars down to three – I couldn’t remember who the culprit was, or the majority of the murders that take place throughout the story. I reread it in 2015 and have already forgotten most of it again, so I think this book will surprise me every time I decide to pick it up.
8) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
When I first read the Twilight series, I read all four books within the space of a week. I tried to reread them, and managed to get through Twilight and New Moon, but stopped before Eclipse… And I’ve since read Twilight two more times, and although I’ve had fun reading it every time, I still haven’t managed to get through the rest of the series. I should probably stop trying.
7) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
I first read Wintergirls in 2013, and I devoured it in one sitting with tears streaming down my face. The second time I read it, in 2016, I took my time and savoured every moment… But somehow my brain has still thrown out almost everything that happened, so I’m planning on rereading it again eventually. I know I loved it just as much second time around, and I know that it’s one of my favourite books, but apart from the names of the main characters I can’t remember a single thing.
6) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Another book that I’ve read twice and can’t remember. I dropped The Catcher in the Rye from five stars down to four, so I was less impressed second time around, but both times I read it in one sitting. Perhaps the next time I pick this book up, I need to take it a little more slowly.
5) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I keep rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the hope that I’ll eventually finish the entire series, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ve read the first book at least five times, and the second book three… But I’ve only read the third book once, and I’ve never been able to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. If I keep rereading this book, hopefully I’ll make it through the rest sooner rather than later!
4) The Collector by John Fowles
I haven’t reread The Collector since I studied it in sixth form, but I loved it so much that I read it every day for two weeks (and then a few more times throughout the term). There’s just something about the intensity of Fowles writing that blows me away, but it’s made me afraid to try any of his other novels in case they disappoint me. I’m hoping to reread The Collector fairly soon – fingers crossed I’ll still love it as much as I did five years ago.
3) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is my comfort blanket. I read it over and over again when I was little, enraptured by the little illustrations laced throughout my copy, and whenever I reread it I’m thrown back to my childhood. I’m never going to stop loving Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland… Although I do neglect Through the Looking-Glass a little bit!
2) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
When I reviewed Warm Bodies last week, I mentioned I’d reread it frequently but that was the first time I’d written down my thoughts about the book. At one point, I was reading Warm Bodies every summer: there’s just something about the warm weather that makes me want to lay in my garden reading this book.
1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Is anyone surprised by Red Rising being my top pick? I can’t count the amount of times I’ve read this book, and I’ve been absolutely blown away every. single. time. It’s the only book which I’ve reread and have consistently rated five stars: I love the plot, the characters, the pacing, the world… Every single bit of Red Rising is sheer perfection.
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Are there any books which you reread over and over again, or do you like to pick up new titles every time? Leave your comments (and your Top Ten Tuesday links) down below!