You know one of my favorite reading traditions? REREADING FAVORITE BOOKS. I love rereading books. Yes, I’ve heard some people say that they can’t stand rereading an old book. After all, if you already know the plot and characters, why would you want to read it all over again?
Well, I really enjoy falling in love with my favorite books again and again. Even if I already know everything that’s going to happen and can quote the book backwards and forwards, I still love rereading. There’s something special about rediscovering an old favorite scene and grinning through a hilarious conversation that you just love reading. Ahem, yes I’m talking about Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs wittiness.
Sadly, I don’t really have time to reread lots of my old favorites? I keep having to read new ARCs, which I do love new books so that’s okay. I just miss rereading my old favorite stories, okay? If I had all the time in the world, here’s some books I’d reread.
Six of Crows
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
Who doesn’t want to reread Six of Crows??? I mean, with the new Netflix series coming out, I just need to sit down and reread the entire Grishaverse. And while I enjoy Shadow and Bone well enough, I really, really want to get back into Six of Crows.
I didn’t even know what the Grisha were the first time I read this book. I was so confused but I kept reading because Kaz and Inej and the rest of the Dregs were so interesting!
But now that I’ve read all of the Grishaverse, I think I could enjoy all the references to Ravka and the rest of the Grisha so much more.
A Tale of Two Cities
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
Everyone has a favorite classic right? Sometimes my favorite is Emma or Pride and Prejudice, both from Jane Austen. Other times, I just love Anne Shirley so much that I can’t pick any other favorite than Anne of Green Gables.
But when it comes to which is my favorite classic to read, it’s probably always, always going to be A Tale of Two Cities. I just love the way it’s written. A sweeping story of revolution, and contrast, and intense feelings. I adore Sydney Carton.
I first read A Tale of Two Cities after The Infernal Devices. And if you’ve read TID, you know Will Herondale always compares himself to Sydney Carton. For good reason. Anyway, reading TID is the entire reason I read A Tale of Two Cities.
And while some people may get weighed down in the history and description of 18th century England and France, I just loved the entire experience. I read it three times in a month. And then I reread it again at Christmas time. And if I had time, I’d reread A Tale of Two Cities again anytime.
An Ember in the Ashes
“The field of battle is my temple. The sword point is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.”
I know this series isn’t even finished yet. THERE’S ONE MORE BOOK!!!
Will Elias survive? Can Laia finally be happy? Do we even have any questions about Helene? CAUSE I REALLY ONLY CARE ABOUT LAIA AND ELIAS. #sorrynotsorry
Anyway, before the fourth book comes out, I’d LOVE to actually reread this entire series. In fact, I’d actually just like to finish A Reaper at the Gates. Because for some reason, I haven’t finished reading it? Maybe it was because things weren’t going so well for my favorites and I didn’t need that much heartbreak in my life at that moment.
Also, A Reaper at the Gates is massive. 464 pages. But it felt like 800. I actually thought it was 800. I am genuinely surprised that it was less than 500. Wow.
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
I’ve only read the Harry Potter series once. For some reason I feel like most people have read the Harry Potter books multiple times? but i haven’t
One – because they’re hecka long. I mean, the Order of the Phoenix is 800 pages long. It is very hard to reread all of those pages. Very hard.
I don’t know, the first time I read Harry Potter, I had NO IDEA what was going to happen. I was scared for all the characters and was reading as fast as humanly possible, just to know what was going on! For real, I read the entire series in only 10 days.
Now, I know exactly what’s going to happen. So, it’s much harder to
sludge read through 800 pages.
The Heroes of Olympus
“It’s okay,” he said. “We’re together.” He didn’t say you’re okay, or we’re alive. After all they’d been through over the last year, he knew that the most important thing was that they were together. She loved him for saying that.”
I love all of the Percy Jackson books. But I really, really want to reread The Heroes of Olympus. not only does it include some of my favorite Greek and Roman mythology, but I LOVE the characters in the heroes of Olympus. I just love the story and everything about this series.
But why does it have to be five entire books? I can’t just resist reading one book, right? I’d have to read the entire series!!! That’s a lot of pages. Also a lot of feels and tears.
Do I have time to reread The Heroes of Olympus? *criiiiiiieeeessssss*
The Infernal Devices
“Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two.”
Agh, I could really reread this series right now. Especially after reading The Dark Artifices and I just need more Shadowhunter angst.
Didn’t I just write a 1,000 word review of Queen of Air and Darkness talking about how much I loved it? Kind of, yes. Well actually, yes. But The Dark Artifices, while great, just weren’t as angsty and heartrending as The Infernal Devices. I think maybe there were just toooooooo many characters and story to keep me tuned into actual angst.
I just actually need Will, Jem, and Tessa angst. And Will Herondale sarcasm. And the violin and softness and just lovely Jem.
Okay, now let’s stop time for a day or two just so I can reread all these lovely books. And actually finish reading A Reaper at the Gates.
And if I think too long, I’ll come up with another half dozen books I’d like to reread. Fangirl. And Pride and Prejudice. And maybe Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Because I need to laugh.
Also, I definitely enjoy reading angsty books once I know everything is going to work out. If the ship eventually sails, I can handle all the angst in the world.
Are you a fan of rereading books? have you read any of the books I’m wanting to reread? If you could read any old favorite for the first time again, what book would you chose?