Some books are made to be re-read. Maybe it’s because they’re comforting. Maybe it’s because you see something new in them every time. Maybe it’s because the characters just won’t let you go. For whatever reason, you just can’t put them down.
This is actually a super good Top Ten Tuesday tag for me right now! (For more info on TTT, it’s hosted here.) I’m facing the (dark, tragic) reality that I’m going away to university in September and I can’t bring all my books with me? *dissolves into a puddle of sadness* So it’s good that I’m being forced to think about which books I can’t give up because if you think I’m not taking as many books as humanly possible with me, you’re wrong, son. I won’t even need dorm furniture. I’ll just stack books everywhere.
- Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. All time favourites. Would read until the end of time. They’re all so stabby and perfect.
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Here’s the thing: I’m not a romance person. Here’s the other thing: I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this romance. It’s just so fun and amusing and sometimes I can’t deal with reading about a world ending again, okay? Especially not when it feels like our world might do that soon. So I must retreat into a world of belligerent sexual tension, short girls with a love of red lipstick, and tall frowny cinnamon rolls.
- Every Breath by Ellie Marney. Obscure little Australian YA that also happens to be the best Sherlock Holmes retelling of all time. Yeah, I know how the mysteries end. But I can’t help it, okay? I just need more Mycroft and Watts.
- Fangirl. Because I can’t help but think that I will literally be Cath once I get to university. I strive for that sort of awkward adorkable.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora. The first book is so re-readable. Camorr is just such a cool place and all the characters are so sassy and I need to return again and again and again. And, somehow, every time, I’m still left reeling and broken at the end. This book will never make me stop feeling things.
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, surprisingly. I don’t love this book. It’s just that sometimes I get sad that I’m not a published author and have to live through the main character’s journey through publishing. Even though I really don’t like her book. And could probably just read an author’s blog and get the same effect.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It’s so moving and beautiful and the ending is just so perfect and wonderful. It’s got all the beautiful Gaiman writing and have I mentioned the ending? The ending? I hug the book every time. I can’t help it. The book is like a hug. Made out of words.
- The Hate U Give. There’s something about how strong the writing is and how vibrant the characters are that make this book just as compelling when re-reading as when I first read it. The protest/riot scene always makes me ready to go out and change the world, and that’s really what good books should do.
- The Language of Thorns. I will admit, I have yet to re-read this, but I feel like it would be so suited to re-reads. The language is so lush and the stories are so intelligent that I think there’s a lot you’d find the second time around that you didn’t catch the first. I had that experience with both the Six of Crows duology and the Grisha trilogy. I really should re-read this.
- Harry Potter. Because opening the books again feels like coming home.
What are your favourite re-reads? Is there something about a book that you find makes it a good re-read? And, if you’ve left home for university, how do you decide which books to bring with you? (Please, I need help.)