I’m one of those strange creatures in the book blogging world – a ‘rereader.’ Having 300+ books that I haven’t read, it can be difficult to pick up one that doesn’t help to slightly decrease the Towering TBR of Doom and so I don’t do it as often as I’d like. Come January though, my TBR will be down to 299 or less so I’m hoping to squeeze in a few rereads of books I already know and love.
1) Ape House by Sara Gruen
I hadn’t thought about this book in years until I read and reviewed We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which is another novel examining the lives of chimps used for scientific and psychological experiments.
I didn’t really ‘click’ with it, which is what pushed me into thinking about Ape House again. It’s a wonderful, thoughtful, heart-breaking novel that really got to me.
2) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
I wasn’t sure whether to include this or not, because I’m not certain I can handle reading this again. This book broke me into so many pieces and had me looking over my shoulder for weeks.
While this may seem like an odd motivation for wanting to reread, I understand the ending of the novel now and I’d love to see what difference that makes to my interpretation of the rest of the book.
To say how much I love Jane Austen, I don’t reread her books all that often. Well, aside from Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve read six times, but that almost goes without saying.
Persuasion is my second favourite of her novels, I know that much, but I don’t actually remember it very well at all. It surprised me that there are no balls and no fancy parties, just a simple romance with lots of doubt and self-esteem issues. Just like the real world then.
4) The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Hmm. Taking a bit of a risk with this one. I read it when I was about sixteen or so, when I went on a classics binge after realising I loved Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately I really didn’t like it and haven’t touched it since.
Thing is, I can’t decide if I really didn’t like it (which would be odd considering how much I adore The Importance of Being Earnest), or if I just didn’t give it enough time. I’m willing to bite the bullet and give it a second chance.
5) The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
I might actually bump this up and read it later this year. Bex bought it for me during Christmas 2011 (as part of her conspiracy to make everybody IN THE ENTIRE WORLD read this book) and I read it just before New Year’s. Unfortunately it’s stuck in my head that that’s the only time of year in which it can be read, so it’s pretty much going to have to be squeezed in in December.
Not that that’s much of a chore. I loved this book.
6) Our Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Our Fearful Symmetry is very different and I remember really liking it, but I can’t quite remember why. I’ve read her first book a few times, so I feel that I sort of owe it to this book, in the interests of keeping it even 🙂
7) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I only read The Hobbit last year (or maybe the year before – I could go check, but you’re not really that desperate to know, are you?) and yet I already want to read it again. It could be because of the films (although we all know how ranty I get about those) or possibly even that I’ve been playing LEGO Hobbit on the Xbox again, but it’s more likely because it’s just an awesome book.
I actually think I like it more than The Lord of the Rings, and I love that series.
8) Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
This book is sort of a guilty pleasure for me. While I’m not ashamed of reading YA, it’s not usually the sort of thing I feel the need to read more than once. Maybe it’s because Jodi Picoult is obviously a very established adult author, but I well and truly fell in love with this book. I even shlepped to Manchester to get it signed, such is my love.
It’s one of my ultimate happy books – I might reread this one next time I’m feeling a little bit sad.
9) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I was talking about this with a friend the other day and haven’t been able to get it out with my head since. Another book that really stomped on my heart – why do I want to reread all the books that hurt me!?
Maybe I’ll read this next, actually. I’m reading Norwegian Wood at the moment, so I’m in more or less the right frame of mind.
I actually even really like the cover, which is odd considering it’s a movie version. Which I really should get round to watching one day.
10) The Belgariad by David Eddings
This is the book series that led me into adult fiction, so I’ll always have a soft spot for it. I’ve read it a few times but not nearly enough recently, so I might dedicate a few weeks to this series in the New Year.
It’s proper, traditional 1980s fantasy but with unique aspects that make it just perfect.
I can probably actually recite the large majority of the five books by now, but that’s alright. I’ll still enjoy the journey.