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TSS: So What Am I Re-reading?

Last week, I talked a little bit about the history I have with re-reading, and the fact that I’m trying to start again based on the fun I’ve had re-reading Harry Potter. So, this week, I thought I’d share with you my new to-be-re-read bookcase.

As it stands, I have two normal size bookcases, one for books I’ve already read and want to keep and another for books I haven’t read yet. Both are ridiculously full and double-layered, which means it’s hard to find specific books sometimes. When I bought a new desk for my computer, Ikea had a set with both a simple desk and a bookcase, on sale for less than the cost of a similar desk by itself, so the choice was really really obvious. I’ve designated this smaller bookcase for re-reads (I have another for hardcovers that are personal favourites) and I’ve started putting a few books on it already!

shelf 1

On this top shelf, I have my two favourite urban fantasy series (plus Discount Armageddon, which won’t be due for a re-read for a while, but fit well with McGuire’s other books). I will almost guaranteed re-read the Kate Daniels series when the next book comes out, as I actually managed to do before Magic Slays was released, and I’d really like to read all of the October Daye series again before the next book in that series comes out later this year. So, that choice was easy, and I also love to see those matching books lined up without hiding behind other reads. I also put The Name of the Wind here. I still haven’t read The Wise Man’s Fear although I own it┬ábecause I genuinely remember very little about the first book except that I loved it, so I really need to read them in order.

This is a mix of books for me and my husband to read. 1984 was recently removed because he’s actually reading it. Chime earned a place immediately after I’d finished it. The Lions of al-Rassan is my favourite Guy Gavriel Kay, but I haven’t read it more than once, so I brought it back to the UK with me this time and am really looking forward to it. Foreigner and Dune are sci-fi classics – I actually enjoyed the former, but not the latter because I was much younger when I read it (or so I think), and thus I’d like to give it another try. And on the right, we have the first three books in A Song of Ice and Fire. I also have the next two, but on the hardcover shelf.

More series I’d like to re-read – the Tiffany Aching series, of which I also have the next two books, but one is with a friend and the other is on the hardcover shelf. I adored these books to bits and I definitely want to read them again. Same, really, with the next set of books by Megan Whalen Turner, except I don’t even own the fourth one because I need to read these three again first. And then, The Hunger Games trilogy, which I hope I’ll read before they release the second film. I know Mockingjay had issues, but I still very much want to read these three again. I’ve got Girl Reading on the side there, another book I absolutely adored but which I read recently, so I’m going to wait a while until I re-read that.

And finally – The Wheel of Time. I attempted to start a re-read of these chunksters last year and failed miserably. They are incredibly dense and time-consuming, which is a difficult to justify when I have so many other series to read (and there are 11 of these that I own and two more to come). I do, however, want to finish the series when it’s completed, so I will at some point start once again. Fortunately, I think I remember the first now, so at least I won’t be starting from scratch.

What books do you want to re-read most?


9 comments to TSS: So What Am I Re-reading?

  • This is a great post — I have actually been toying with the idea of writing about re-reading myself, lately. Oh how I wish I had the time to re-read more books!

    I would love to re-read Graceling and Fire before I start Bitterblue, and I am going to do my best to try and do just that. I’d love to re-read Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study trilogy. I’d also like to re-read the Terry Brooks Shannara books, as I have some of the more recent books sitting unread on my TBR bookshelf. At some point, I would also like to re-read Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth books, but with 11 of them, that would be quite an undertaking and probably won’t happen for some time.

    I have the first three books in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series sitting on my TBR bookshelf, myself. Wonder when I’ll get around to reading those? Really, the more I think about it, the more I feel like I need to stop accepting books for review and just work on my TBR bookshelf so I can do more re-reading, ha!

  • I like this idea a lot, but it also scares me. You should see how big my TBR stack is. I wonder how long it would be before my re-read stack was just as big.

    I don’t keep many books anymore. By many I mean just under 2,000 probably. I only keep books that I think I’ll either re-read one day or use in some other fashion, as reference. And I have a few “collections” that I keep mostly for the bindings, the pictures or the cover art.

  • I’ve never been much of a re-reader, but I do like to re-read The Diary of a Young Girl and Little Women from time to time.

  • It depends on my mood. Lately I’ve been thinking a reread of a Lisa Kleypas book might be fun.

  • Well, firstly I really need to read some of those books you mentioned to begin with… I have the Ilona Andrews and the first book by Seanan McGuire. I was really excited to read them, but I haven’t had time to yet. I treated myself earlier this year.

    Moving on, I really want to reread The Name of the Wind, too. I started Wise Man’s Fear and I think part of the reason I didn’t love it was because I didn’t remember the first book as well as I might. It was good, but I was constantly racking my brain.

    I read Dune last year and really really didn’t like it…. I don’t think it matters what my age. Other people love it. I’ll be curious how your reread goes!

    We are watching the first season of A Game of Thrones right now. I still haven’t read book 2, but I just wasn’t finding the time, so I gave in and suggested we finally see what it was like.

  • I’m thinking of re-reading some of Terry Pratchett’s earlier discworld books. I just finished off The Last Hero and it occured to me I don’t think I remember the ones I read before very well, its been years!

  • I reread The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings every few years. I just can’t help but revisit them.

  • I reread Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight/ Dragonquest/ and the White Dragon most of all. but there are a number of books I go back to when I need to KNOW I will enjoy a certain book.
    David Eddings Belgarath series
    Margaret Weis/ Tracy Hickman Dragonlance series
    Stephen R Donaldsons Thomas Covenant series
    ..and there are more.. sigh.

  • That’s a wonderful idea. I separate out my “Read and owned” as well as my “Owned but not read” books. Setting aside those I want to read again would hopefully allow me to actually read them again. Good luck!