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Top 10 Tuesday 1st December

on December 1, 2020

Hi and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl – it’s been a while! I’ve skipped a few topics lately but this one was one I wanted to give a go.

Top 10 Books I Want To ReRead (Or Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time)

I used to reread a lot. When I was a poor high school and university student, I read favourites over and over. I’d basically read my way through most of the local library in my hometown and used to reborrow favourites and I also had one bookcase full of books that I kept. There were books I knew pretty much off by heart.

Now, I don’t reread that often. I do sometimes, but mostly there are so many new books that I can’t get to them all, let alone find the time to reread those books I’ve already read. I think about it though, sometimes I make resolutions to set aside “rereading time” and….it never happens!

1. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. 

I read this about 10 or 11 years ago. I found it really interesting, the whole nature vs nurture and unrealiable/unlikable narrator. I really do wish I could read it again with the clarity of knowing how it ends and also having had my own children (I did have one when I read it but he was very young so I basically had zero parenting experience). I wonder how I would feel about it if I were to read it again.

2. Becoming by Michelle Obama

I just read A Promised Land so I think it’d be really interesting to reread Becoming as they run sort of side by side through a lot of each of the books. Michelle Obama’s covers more ground, as A Promised Land really only skims Barack Obama’s childhood and mostly focuses on him getting the nomination, the election and then his first term. But of all the books I don’t have time to reread, I don’t have time to reread non-fiction the most, because they’re so detail oriented and draining. I bought A Promised Land on audible, maybe I should do the same with Becoming and listen to them together.

3. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This is both a book I want to reread and one I wish I could experience rereading for the first time again. I was young when I read this for the first time – maybe 7 or 8 and I loved it. It was one of the first times I’d read myself on the page – I also have red hair which was often ridiculed in books or given to the antagonist and I also had to contend with hilarious nicknames like “carrot top”. This was so therapeutic for me, haha. I adore this series, but it has been many years since I’ve read any of these books and I wonder how I would feel, reading them as an adult.

4. The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody

This is the final book in the series and at the time, I think I was so damn happy it got published. I’ve read most of the books in this series multiple times – dozens, in the case of the first 3. This is a 1000 page bohemoth and although I listened to the first 3 books on audio this year and I skimmed bits of books 5 and 6, I didn’t tackle this one other than to reread the last few pages. I would really like to reread it in its entirety.

5. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

This is a book I wish I could read again for the first time. It’s a hard book to explain to anyone that hasn’t read it – the beginning is a bit confusing as it contains more than one narrative and time and jumps back and forth before it eventually connects the two together. There’s a moment where you realise with a *click* what you’ve been reading – where it’s been leading. It’s one of my favourite books of all time. I could honestly include anything by Melina Marchetta in this category, because I can never get enough of her books. I’d like to also re-read her fantasy trilogy (the Lumatere Chronicles) one day too.

6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I read this over a decade ago and I actually don’t really remember most of it. I really want to reread it because I’ve read a lot of books since then and I think I understand writing and stories better now and I’ve heard this is a book that should be read more than once. Maybe one day!

7. Illuminae (and probably Gemina too) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

So I still haven’t read Obsidio and now it’s been so long I think I forget the finer details of Illuminae and Gemina but they’re so huge and how do I find the time to read not just Obsidio but also the first 2 books in the trilogy? This is why I can’t have nice things, because I keep leaving final books unread!

8. No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani.

This book was written by a man seeking asylum in Australia, while he was incarcerated on Manus Island, using his phone and What’s App. It was written in Farsi and translated by someone else into a book that won multiple awards here, including some of the highest literary honours. It’s eye-opening, devastating, very well written and makes me realise all over again how shit my country is to people who just dare to want a better life.

 

9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

For similar reasons to Illuminae. I read this when it was first published and really enjoyed it. I have the second book. There is a third book. But now it’s been so long I’ve basically forgotten everything that happened in this book and now if I want to read the second book, I would have to read this one again. I do this with so many series’ and trilogies and duologies. I also have to read Six Of Crows again, An Ember In The Ashes again, The Wrath & the Dawn again, A Darker Shade Of Magic again, Daughter Of Smoke & Bone again…..look, the list goes on!

10. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton.

And basically any other fat saga type book that I’ve read over the past 10 years! Kate Morton writes chunky, character rich stories that I always enjoy – I also have several by her on my TBR shelf that I’m yet to read yet. I think these books would give even more upon a rereading….but I just don’t seem to find the time, especially when they’re so huge. I could include other books of similar sizes in with this one, be they historical, contemporary or a blend of the two….things like Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane, anything by Susanna Kearsley, etc.

Basically I am a rereader at heart who is buried under the weight of new books!

What about you? Are you a rereader or are you a ‘one & done’ type person? Let me know!


7 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 1st December

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    Becoming was such a good read.

    My post.

  2. I haven’t reread books in ages, I just don’t have the time. Like you, I used to be a serial rereader, but since I started blogging, all my focus has gone on new books.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/01/top-ten-tuesday-292/

  3. I would totally relisten to Becoming. I listened to it the first time I read it. Her voice is so comforting. She’s so comforting.

  4. stefani says:

    Anne of Green Gables is one of my all time favorites! 😀 https://readwithstefani.com/books-i-want-to-read-again/

  5. carolinebookends says:

    Great list! I just got Becoming on audiobook and can’t wait. Definitely going to listen to A Promised Land on audio too because I love his voice. Here is my TTT post if you want to take a look! https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/top-ten-tuesdays-books-i-want-to-read-again/

  6. I need to reread the entire Anne of Green Gables set. It’s been so long!

  7. We Need To Talk About Kevin has been sitting on my TBR pile for ages and I seriously need to get around to reading it for the first time. It just sounds like such a divided book—everyone I’ve talked to about it seem to either love it or hate it.

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