1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I have to admit that this is my least favourite of the Harry Potter books – I can’t explain why, it just is. But after investing far too many hours into the Lego version of the game on the 360 (100% completion though! :D), I kind of want to re-read it. LibraryThing tells me I haven’t read it in the last five years, so why not?
2) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
I read Elizabeth Kostova’s latest book, The Swan Thieves, earlier in the year and really enjoyed it. The Historian is of a very similar style, and I last read it back in 2006, so it’s about due for a re-read. I’ve also read Dracula recently, so I’m ‘dying’ to read some more vampiric legendary!
3) The Belgariad by David Eddings
This is actually a series of five books, beginning with Pawn of Prophecy. These were the first ‘adult’ books I ever read and kindled my still active love for fantasy. I have reread them but I have no idea when. Too long ago, at any rate.
4) The Word and the Void by Terry Brooks
This is another fantasy series, but of a very different vein to the above. It starts with Running with the Demon and revolves around Nest Freemark, a young girl who’s forced to spend her days hunting spirits. It sounds fairly cliché, but it’s not. It’s far from your typical ‘girl has new powers and must fight evil’ drivel. I last read it in 2009 although it seems longer.
5) The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings
This is the same author who wrote The Belgariad series, but it’s a stand-alone and it much more recent. I haven’t read it in such a long time that I can barely tell you what it’s about, other than there’s a shape-shifting cat and some form of battle. Perfect summary right there.
6) The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
I don’t even need to look up when I last read these books because it’s pretty much constant. I adore them. The first one is The Eyre Affair, and if you haven’t read it already, you’re missing out. Thursday Next is a Juris-fiction Agent, which means she can jump into books and sort out the behind-the-scenes squabbles between book characters. These are probably the books I’ve read more than any other, but I still want to re-read them.
7) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
This is probably the wrong motivation for wanting to re-read a book, but I want to do so to see if it’s as bad as I first thought. I first read it in 2006, right after reading Pride and Prejudice (which I adored), so I’d have been about sixteen. It just didn’t compare in my view, so I want to see if I like it more now that I’ve grown up a bit more and I’m more widely read.
8) I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
I have absolutely no idea when I last read this, so it must have been more than five years ago. I remember liking it but thinking it was really different from the film. Actually, maybe this would be a good one to use for the Books to Movie Challenge.
9) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
I’ve seen The Time-Traveller’s Wife on a lot of lists today, but I reread that last year and so now I want to go through her second book again. I only read it for the first time in 2010, but I actually prefer it to the other.
10) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I’ve seen this on quite a few blogs lately so I’ve been wanting to reread this for a while. I’m not too keen on the film, but the novel has to be one of my all time favourites.