Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

When I read this week's prompt over at The Broke and the Bookish, my thoughts went in two different directions - there are the books I want to reread to experience again and there's the ones I wish I could reread again for the first time because I just wish I could watch it all happen again with fresh eyes.  So I'm splitting my list in half.

HAHAHA, and now that the main meme post is up, I see that 'reread again for the first time' is actually a topic for a few weeks from now.  Ah well, I'm leaving this one as it is, and we'll see if my answers are the same in a few weeks.

Those I Want to Reread Because Rereading is One of My Favourite Things to Do
1. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean.  This is a book that just gets better every time I reread it.  I've read it probably 15 times, and I still find something new each time.
2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.   I read this book pretty quickly, and I know I missed lots of details.
3. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain.  This is probably my favourite book in the world.  It's the journal of a girl goes up to Oxford then serves as a VAD overseas during World War I.  It's tragic and beautiful and utterly gorgeous.  I love rereading it.
4. A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones and so on) by George R.R. Martin.  I never read Feast of Crows because I got sick of the long wait between books, but now I want to read that and A Dance With Dragons so I really need to reread the first three.
5. Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White. I adore the President's Daughter quartet, and this is my absolute favourite.  It's hard to read in places due to the absolutely honesty of the emotion and situations, but Meg is a snarky, hilarious, and hardcore heroine who I like to revisit as often as possible.

Those I Wish I Could Read Again Like It's the First Time
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  Can you imagine? I want to be able to meet Harry, Ron, and Hermione and see Hogwarts again for the very first time!  It's been twelve years since I read the first Harry Potter book, but the idea of being able to read all seven in a row without the waiting in between is so tantalizing.
2. Feed and Deadline by Mira Grant.  These are amazing, amazing books with crazy plot twists.  I love rereading them, but I wonder if I'd guess the twists if I got to try again.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  There was so much power and emotion while reading this book.  I stayed up til 4am, weeping the entire time.  The whole experience was awful and sad and so good.
4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.  I wasn't in a good mood when I read this one, and it affected my enjoyment of the books and series.  I want to start over, please.
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  I don't really want to lose all my memories of reading this over the years, but I'm so curious to see if I'd even like it without the years of memories.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your lists too.  I love rereading books, but I know it's not for everyone so I'm so curious to see what catches people's attention.  Do be sure to leave the link to your top ten post!


  1. Little Women- what a great pick! I do wonder about revisiting some of the childhood classics...
    And reading Harry Potter for the very first time? That would be amazing! Great list. New follower :)

  2. I also wish I could reread Harry Potter for the first time. I started rereading the series earlier this year and have made it to book four so far, but it's nowhere near the same. I'm not enjoying them the second time around as much as I thought I would.

    Here's my Top Ten List if you want to take a look.

  3. I reread LITTLE WOMEN a few years ago, after college, and it did not hold up as well as I'd hoped. A little too moralizing, and I just can't get behind Jo choosing Prof. Bauer.

  4. @Michelle - wouldn't it be a neat trick! Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie are ones I'd love to be able to revisit too. Just to see how different the experience is!

    @Kayla - it's not the same, is it. I've reread the first five a hundred times while waiting for the new ones to come out, but now that they're all out, it's not the same!

    @Jessica - I studied Little Women in an American Lit/Politics class in college so the moralizing tends to make me smile just because it's SO OBVIOUS. I still have a soft spot for the book but yeah, not the same. I have to say that the utterly practical side of me loves Jo rejecting Laurie. Cause she's right in a way. But that's the practical side...

  5. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I haven't read many of these books, but I'm totally with you on Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Little Women, especially wanting to read them again for the first time. It's so wonderful rereading books and learning something new each time, but there's nothing quite like reading a book for the first time and discovering that magical world inside the book, the characters, etc.

  6. Oh I could definitely read The Hunger Games again! I totally devoured it first time around and I'd love to just take another go at it and read it a bit slower! I'm sure there were things I missed from being so eager, lol.

  7. I completely agree with Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. The first time through was so...perfect that I'd love for that again. I know I'll have to wait till I 'forget' most details before I could have the same feeling though and I don't want that to happen.

  8. Love how you distinguished between those you'd love to reread and those you would love to reread as if it were the first time. I would love to reread Harry Potter and Hunger Games again too.

  9. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are both awesome choices. They made my list, too. :)

  10. The Eyre Affair, this is the second time I've seen this one today.
    I haven't read Mira Grant, but I'll have to check her books out.

    Happy Tuesday,
    ~ Shanella

  11. I would definatly re-read Harry Potter. I have to say I have never read The Hunger Games. I know, I know, bad, but I will get around to it soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog

  12. I would love to reread Hunger Games like it was the first time. I keep trying to get my boyfriend to read it but he doesn't seem sold yet.

    My Top Ten: http://rachelreader.blogspot.com/2011/09/top-ten-tuesday-6.html

  13. I can't believe you read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell quickly! It's about a million pages; how fast do you read, girl? :-) I'm still not brave enough to tackle that one. It's on my bookshelf, but I always think I could read 4-5 books on my TBR pile in the time it would take to finish it. One of these days, I do have to be brave enough to take the plunge.

    I know what you mean about Little Women. It's so hard to objectively judge things you've cherished for so long. Sometimes I wonder if my favourite books/films are actually 'good'. But it's the way they make you feel that counts. I think that's what authors probably want from their readers, anyway.

  14. I still haven't read Feed, but I really want to!!

    Beth ^_^

  15. I read the Song of Ice and Fire books for the first time this spring/summer and I already want to reread them! Tam Lin sounds really interesting, I think I'll have to add it to my TBR list.

  16. I definitely agree when it comes to Harry Potter. It's been a while since I actually read the books, so I do want to pick them up again and experience the magic!

    As for The Hunger Games, I totally understand. My first read of all three books was intense and emotional and I just kept turning the pages because I had to know what was going to happen next! On my second read, I'm hoping to savor it a bit more.

  17. woohoo, thanks for dropping by and following! I'm following you as well, so when I get to Feed you'd know ;)

  18. I'll have to find Long May She Reign - the only book by Ellen Emerson White that I've read (or even heard of before now!) is Voyage on the Great Titanic, from the Dear America series (which I have reviewed on my blog, haha).

    I really enjoyed that book, and I'm hoping I'll enjoy another by her just as much.

  19. I'm glad to see you think so highly of Feed and Deadline. I own them but haven't had a chance to read them yet, and now I'm more excited to check them out.
    I agree with you about wanting to read The Hunger Games again with fresh eyes.
    Great list :)

  20. I think I mentioned that I just reread the Harry Potter series. It was so cool reading all in one go and not having to wait years between books. It really made me appreciate her high level of continuity and not letting threads go (like some TV shows do). I really really enjoyed it. I guess I'm on a rereading kick right now. Maybe because it's comfortable. I reread Tam Lin (for the zillionth time) and then Harry Potter, and now I'm rereading a novel-length Beatles fic. :-)

  21. I don't think I've read for the first time any of the books on your list, except for the Hunger Games. It is hard to reread books that are really heavy on plot, because there isn't the suspense of the first time.

    Come visit my list at The Scarlet Letter.

  22. Great list! I agree whole heartily with HP and The Hunger Games, being able to re-read them for the first time? That would be amazing!

  23. I've heard great things about The Eyre Affair! I want to read it soon.

  24. I loved Long May She Reign too! It was hard to read b/c Meg was so difficult, but I understood that her world was not all roses and sunshine.

  25. Other than the Half Blood Prince, I do not remember having my jaw dropped, but do remember I couldn't wait for the next book to come out. Great list!

  26. Your list is almost completely new to me. Hunger Games is on my TBR list.


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