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Top Ten Tuesday: Regular rereads

Top Ten Tuesday: Regular rereads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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!



  • Love your list 🙂
    Harry Potter is just made for re-reading, isn’t it? You’ll get there eventually and finish the series! Wintergirls is on my TBR and I have a copy but haven’t got round to it yet.
    Cora |

    • I hope you enjoy Wintergirls when you get around to it! It holds a special place in my heart <3

  • Amy

    Great list! I love rereading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because it’s such a wonderful little book.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post earlier 🙂

    • The short length definitely helps, especially because the world is so intricate despite the lack of pages to develop it!

  • I love Red Rising! I haven’t finished that series yet though, I’ve read Golden Sun but haven’t gotten around to Morning Star yet. I feel like I have to reread the other two before I do haha

    • I would recommend rereading them before you dive back in, because it’s great to really absorb yourself into Pierce Brown’s world. I didn’t reread the trilogy before starting Iron Gold, and I’m wondering if that’s why I’ve had trouble with it.

  • Oooh I’ve never heard of The Collector… I’ll have to check it out! Great list 🙂

    • It’s very intense! Don’t blame me if you have nightmares 😉

  • debnance

    I’m seeing that there are other reasons for a reread than just great writing. There’s also something about emotional connection.

    • I think both are brilliant reasons to reread – it’s nice to try and recapture the feelings a book gave you the first time around, but when an author has a real talent then it’s always a delight to dive back into their worlds.

  • I love Patricia Cornwell and and the entire Kay Scarpetta series and also Red Rising. Amazing stuff.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! So many people have Patricia Cornwell on TBR lists but haven’t actually read any of her books yet.

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    There are some great books on your list. I don’t re-read much either but when I do, it’s mainly Stephen King. I do see a book on here I wish I hadn’t read the FIRST time – Alice in Wonderland. Man did she annoy me. But surprisingly enough, I do enjoy Alice retellings. Go figure.

    • I haven’t read many Stephen King novels, because I don’t really know where to start, but I’ve read Carrie a few times – he’s definitely a rereadable author. It’s a shame that you didn’t like Alice in Wonderland, but I’ve not really gelled with any of the retellings that I’ve attempted… Maybe we’re only allowed to like one or the other!

  • Oh of course HP is on my list and thinking about it Twilight should have been as well. I guess I spaced….but haha on Patricia Cornwell I remember reading her books growing up I loved them but hadn’t thought of them in a while. Great list! Enjoy the re-reads!!!

    • It took me a very long time to think of which books to feature, and I forgot so many anyway! I never thought I reread books, but apparently I do.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I need to re-read Wintergirls. I only read it the once, but I loved it. I love re-reading Harry Potter. I’m reading the second one right now in the illustrated version. Maybe by the time the fourth illustrated book comes out (the third is already out, so not long now) you’ll be able to get through it – pictures make things better. 🙂


    • Ooooooooh, giving the illustrated versions a go is a really good idea! Hopefully it’ll help me to picture things, because I get intimidated by all of the descriptions of Quidditch and it just disorients me – I can never get back into the flow of the story after that.

  • HP is all over this list but Twilight is surprisingly mentioned a lot too!

    • I haven’t seen anyone else mention Twilight, but I’m not surprised that a lot of people have included Harry Potter!

  • Greg Hill

    Wintergirls looks so good, I need to read that!

  • Jo Elliott

    I hope you eventually manage to make it all the way through the rest of Harry Potter!
    My TTT:

  • I’ve re-read the first three Harry Potter books so many times, but I still haven’t got to re-reading the rest because they’re so long. I also read The Collector in sixth form! It was an interesting read but pretty creepy. I’ve got to read Alice in Wonderland, the Catcher in the Rye, and Red Rising! They’ve been on my TBR forever!

    • I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who studied The Collector: hardly anyone I’ve spoken to has even heard of it, so it seems like a very bizarre choice to appear on a reading list! I’m going to hold you close and never let you go – no one else has ever agreed with me about not finishing the end of the Harry Potter series. It’s a relief to know I’m not the only one!

  • Leslie Hauser

    Hi! Wintergirls made me so depressed! 🙂 I’d love to have the time to reread Harry Potter
    My TTT


  • I love the Red Rising series!

  • You know, I don’t know that I’ve ever read “Alice in Wonderland.” I do enjoy the more recent Disney adaptations though… and despite not ever reading the book, I do adore the film adaptation for “Warm Bodies.” 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Alyce.