Have you ever found yourself itching to get back to some of your favourite characters and story-worlds?
So I recently saw Millie over at inkypaperpages write a post about the books that she keeps on rereading! As I was reading along my mind decided to picture my own bookshelves and well, it got me thinking about the books that are my favourites to read once, twice, three, or even four times over. And here we are; Hayley’s comprehensive list (so far) of books that I have read multiple times because I just cannot get enough!
Ok, to start I am going to first list the obvious choice and the series I would bet is one you have reread as well; Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. This series is infamous for making youngsters read and has contributed to shaping many a childhood; mine included. I don’t know about you, but when I see the films streaming on my TV I get the need to pick out all the extra nuanced detail the books alone offer (Goblet of Fire I am specifically looking at you here). And just like at The Burrow, there is a homeliness about these books that make them so comforting to read again and again. I have a sneaky suspicion that if you’ve reread this series its because Hogwarts will always be your home and I really don’t need to say much else (except where are my fellow Slytherins)?
The next reread on my list is another series! The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine really does hold a special place in my heart. This very blog is named after the first book (Glass Houses) and it’s one of those series that just keeps on giving. You expect the vampires (its in the name afterall) but it also has a ‘choose your own’ family with characters I always want to cheer for. These books evolve and the core group investigate and fight against so many different obstacles its very reminiscent of the feeling I get watching seasons 1-4 of Supernatural. It’s very much the journey of these characters and the nostalgia I feel when rereading that make me want to relive the town of Morganville.
Remember when I said I was a mood reader? Well its time for a complete tonal shift as we delve into Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Sometimes, you just need to read a classic and as much as I love the Brontë sisters; Austen’s Pride and Prejudice just dominates the top spot, and no other is taking the place of my beloved Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. This book is the one I always go to for a reread when I want that romance experience. You know the one that makes your heart flutter and you go all giddy just thinking about it? Well Pride and Prejudice is that one for me.
Surprisingly, I have another stand alone to add to this list which is Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If this book seems a little familiar to you its because I have mentioned it already in my Top 5 Underrated Favourites. I have read this book twice because I genuinely was so surprised by the reveal I had to go back and see all the little hints I missed the first time round. My reading habits are no secret (I often rant over on Bookstagram) so you should know that I absolutely love a contemporary thriller. However, there is another reason why I would want to reread this book and that’s the main character Samantha. I have a pet hate when it comes to protagonists having to be that typical angelic type but Samantha has her faults! And to me it’s really interesting to read her explore herself and ultimately try and better herself in a way that doesn’t overly feel like a teen cliché.
The last on this list is the Night World series by L.J. Smith. These books were the books I bought myself for the first time ever and what kickstarted my reading habit (thank you to the WH Smith in Liverpool One). I love the supernatural and magical feel that these books offer and the fact that they all flow into one another even though it is actually a collection of different characters and stories. However, the reason they are on this list primarily is because each individual story is short and I can pick up any of them to read without needing to read the entire series for it to make sense. They genuinely are so great for some light reading that is full of the things you enjoy most.
As a small bonus I have decided to add some books to this list that I am planning to reread in the future!
- The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
- Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
So here they all are. Honestly I love rereading books because besides from the nostalgia of reliving something that I wholeheartedly fell in love with, I also find it a useful tool to get out of reading slumps. When I am revisiting characters and a story I already know the pressure is off in regard to concentrating, finishing it, or even liking it which allows me to truly just enjoy the book and gets me back into that reading mood! I’d love to know in the comments if we have any rereads in common and what books you are planning to read again.