Books I’d Really Like to Reread / Can I Have Some Extra Time?

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. 

Harry Potter

“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.

lets chat

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? 

 

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11 Comments

  1. CG @ Paper Fury
    January 25, 2019 / 6:38 am

    YES. I’m such a fan of rereading!! I actually just threw all my common sense last year and reread 30+ books. Nooo regrets (ok fine a few, because my ARC stack is out of control now 😭) but good books should be enjoyed more than once if we want!! I reread The Gentleman’s Guide last year and jafklds it is so perfect. Also I’d love to reread ALL the Shadowhunter books this year?! It feels like a bit of a ridiculous goal since there’s so many put shh I want to try. I also wanted to reread the Grisha books before King of Scars came out but I think I’m going to fail there 😂

    • January 26, 2019 / 4:35 pm

      30+ books! That’s so many!!! I totally agree that good books should be enjoyed as often as possible! I also super want to reread all the Shadowhunter books because I totally deserve to enjoy Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs again!
      And good luck rereading the Grisha books!

  2. January 25, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    YAY FOR REREADING. I’m actually rereading Harry Potter right now (for at least like the tenth time, I don’t know, I think I’m a little too obsessed😂) so this post made me smile because I relate so much. And yes for Percy Jackson, too! I can never get enough Percabeth, or just the whole series in general. Another series I find myself already wanting to reread (never mind that I finished it in November for the first time) is Raven Cycle!

    Also, I LOVE all your photography in this post, it’s so so beautiful! <3

    • January 26, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      Rereading Harry Potter 10 tens?!???!!!! I think that deserves some college credit or something! I need to finish reading the Raven Cycle, I’ve only read the first book, and I just need to read them all!
      And thanks! I’ve been having fun working on photography lately!

  3. January 26, 2019 / 1:19 am

    I reread all the time… possibly most of the time, actually. I at least pull books off of the shelf and read bits and pieces on a regular basis…. I haven’t picked up Percy Jackson in ages, though. I think you’re kind of inspiring me to go read it again which isn’t bad but… I do have calculus to do… on the other hand PJO is definitely a funner reading experience. Anyway. I hope you’re able to read a lot of old favourites and find some new ones this year!

  4. January 27, 2019 / 10:34 am

    I just finished a partner project for school about A Tale of Two Cities! Every group had a specific character to make a poster about, and mine was Dr. Manette. Who’s your favorite character in A Tale of Two Cities? (Besides Sydney, if he’s your favorite.)

  5. January 29, 2019 / 12:15 am

    I hope you get to read Six of Crows soon, Elizabeth!! I’ve made it a plan to do it every year and I’m so glad I did, I love it with all my heart and revisiting the world and story and characters makes me so happy. And aahh I’m hoping to get around to rereading the Heroes of Olympus series this year, since I reread PJO last year! They’re significantly larger than PJO, though, lmao. But I’m feeling so nostalgic about it and definitely will be rereading it!

    I loved this post, Liz! There are a lot of people who hate rereading and I find it so weird since I love it so much and can’t imagine not being able to reread some of my favorite books <3

  6. January 29, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    I re-read The Great Gatsby and To Kill A Mockingbird every year.

    I started adding a re-reads list in my TBR posts! I’ve very excited to re-read (and review on the blog for the first time ever) Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, The Pelican Brief, and Nickel and Dimed: How to (Not) Get By in America.

  7. January 30, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    Oh there are SO many books I’d love to re-read, too, but somehow I keep getting swallowed in new releases and books I get that I just haven’t read yet and… I don’t re-read much 😂 I would love to re-read Harry Potter someday though 🙂 and oh, I loved your comment about Helene, I 200% agree, I only care about Elias and Laia 😂😂😂

  8. February 6, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    I love rereading my favorites SO MUCH–the feeling of falling in love with your favorite book again and again, or coming back to something that’s so familiar to you is the best in the world. I really want to do a reread of Harry Potter because I only read it once (when I was in like 5th grade) and honestly remember next to nothing about the actual books?? And Heroes of Olympus too because they were my FAVORITES and I grew up with each new release starting from book 1, so they made up a really big part of my childhood <3

  9. February 11, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    I don’t like rereading for exactly what you said at the beginning. I already know the plot and characters so the story just isn’t the same for me. I like the excitement of not knowing and letting the characters grow on me. But I do reread my own books so that has to count for something? Right? Haha.

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