Top 10 Books I Want to Re-Read

An inadvertent theme here on Never Not Reading this summer has been re-reading. I have been consistently lamenting that I don’t re-read books anymore, and I’ve found out that I’m not alone! Apparently a lot of book bloggers prioritize reading new things over re-reading for the sake of creating content for their blogs, but wish they could find the time to re-read.

So today I bring you the books that not re-reading is breaking my heart.

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I read this book my senior year of high school and was so enchanted by it. I want to re-read it partly because it’s been long enough that I can’t remember it very clearly, and I want to get to know it again. But also because I bet that there’s a lot more to this book that I missed. I’m a much better reader than I was thirteen years ago, and I bet I would appreciate it at a much deeper level. I’ve been itching to re-read this one since I saw it on The Great American Read last summer.

9. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

God I loved this book. It’s only been a year since I read it (not even!), but already I want to read it again. I want this to be one of those books that I’ve read so many times that I know it backwards and forwards. I want to love the characters as much as from classic favorites like Ender’s Game and The Lord of the Rings. But since it’s been so recently read it likely won’t get prioritized when I start re-reading again.

8. Tess of the D’Ubervilles

This novel I read in college, I think. It’s surprisingly not as well known as a lot of other classic novels, but y’all it is SOOOO GOOD! I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s really sad and heavy. But so, so good. This is another one that I can’t remember as well as I’d like just because it’s been at least ten years since I read it.

7. The Goblin Emperor

Another that’s going to be an all-time favorite. It’s going on eighteen months since I read this one, and I’m just dying to read it again. The Goblin Emperor is the kind of book that I could read literally every year.

6. Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

I was so taken by this book! It was sweet, and funny, and touching. I’m constantly looking for books that make me feel as good as Mrs. Queen made me feel, and honestly I should stop adding random Chick Lit to my tbr and just re-read this one instead.

5. World War Z

Normally I don’t like zombies all that much. They are the most unrealistic monster of all and I just can’t quench my disbelief enough to enjoy them. But also they scare the crap out of me. Don’t ask me how those work together. World War Z is so freaking amazing that I forgot how much I don’t like zombies while I was reading it, and my eyes were just glued to the page. It’s maybe been five years since I read this one, and I barely remember it at all. There’s probably a good twenty stories in there, and I can only remember three or four. I’m ready to re-experience this masterpiece.

4. Fangirl


3. Uprooted

Uprooted moves a little slowly and takes a while to really suck you in, but once it did I found myself so immersed. I particularly loved the magic system and the way that the story never went quite the way you expected it to go. This is becoming a theme in this post, but I wish I could remember the details of this one a little better.

2. The Eyre Affair

I have no idea how long it’s been since I read The Eyre Affair except to say that it’s been too long. Wow, what a zany, unique read. I got a copy for Christmas (what happened to mine, anyway?), and this is going to be one of the first I tackle when re-reading comes back into my life.

1. Children of Blood and Bone

I finished this book in such a frenzy last year that I genuinely can’t remember the ending. I blasted through it and immediately started raving about how good it was, and I guess I just didn’t take the proper time to process. With Children of Virtue and Vengeance coming out in November I want to make sure this book is fresh in my mind. Also, it’s just amazing, so there’s that.

What books do YOU most want to re-read? Let me know in the comments!

23 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I Want to Re-Read

  1. I definitely want to re-read so many books, but from your list I can admit to wanting to re-read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Uprooted, and Children of Blood and Bone. I think re-reading is so enjoyable because I know that I pick up things that I skimmed over in previous reads, and it’s also nice to get to experience a world and characters you already know and find a greater appreciation for them the second (or third or fourth…) time around.

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    1. Yeah, a re-read is when you really start to *get* everything, especially the characters. You know what’s going to happen, so you’re able to be on the look out for all of the other things that make a book amazing.

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      1. It’s like, the first time you read it, you rush through it, because you feel this drive to find out what is going to happen next. But when rereading you know the overall story so you can slow down and soak in all of the lesser details that really help to expand the world and characters better.

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  2. Ahh this is a lovely list! I can’t believe I haven’t read Fangirl just yet, especially knowing it’s a book that would probably end up on my favorites’ list…. ahah. I have to read it this year πŸ˜€

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  3. Re-reading is something I do when I just want to skim, if I’m honest. Go back to a world I love. I want to re-read Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing With Dragons series soon!


    1. Yeah, Mrs. Queen was a smaller publication that I happened upon when I was working in a bookstore. If you like cute/sweet and funny books, I highly recommend it, and it’s a fast read.


  4. I reread the Curious Incident a few years ago having enjoyed it very much as a teen, but, to my surprise, I found it quite a lacklustre read. I don’t know, I guess there are some books, for me personally, which fare better when I read it at a time when I am the target demographic e.g. Goblet of Fire and Chamber of Secrets!


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