- Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge.
- Antigone by Sophocles.
- Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. It has been a looooong time.
- Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley.
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.
My picks as read-again books all share a common theme – they’re titles that I had to read for a course, either in high school or university, and haven’t picked up again since. We all know that being forced to read, analyze and write about a book can really impact your enjoyment of it. Some of these titles are classics, and really deserve to be reflected on and appreciated without the looming presence of a potential grade ruining the experience. I might still hate them, but at least I will have given them a fair shot!
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
- The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I read it all during one long haul flight and I remember liking it despite the (trademark) weirdness. And since Bryan Freaking Fuller is adapting it, I am definitely interested in re-reading the book before the show starts. I probably won’t like it as much as I first did, but if I like it even a little, I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy the show.
- The Young Elites and The Rose Society by Marie Lu: The last book is coming out soon and even though things are pretty grim for my favourite characters in the first two books, I am pretty sure the last one will be a lot more difficult. So, I’m going to hug Adelina and Magiano while I have the chance … lest they *sob* … get hurt *cries* … or worse …
- The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare: I feel like I’ve forgotten some of the details from this one, while the first one is still fresh in my mind. I’d definitely like to revisit this one before diving into the third one.
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho: I just really love this one, okay? *sigh* It’s so, so good!
- The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King: I just finished it, but I feel like I need to re-read this one until I know it all off by heart. Also, he refers to a lot of First Nations writers and while I was reading the book I didn’t want to stop and look them all up so I just dog-eared all the pages. I think I shall look everything up during my second reading.
- Kafka on the Shore and The Rat trilogy or quartet by Haruki Murakami. I feel like I read all of them when I was too young to fully appreciate Murakami’s stories and since I have only three more titles of his to read before I’m done reading everything he has ever written, revisiting these titles will give me a fresh appreciation of his skill.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It was just very amazing and I want to reread it for the feels.
- Immortal Beloved trilogy (actually only books 2 and 3) by Cate Tiernan. I recently reread the first one and enjoyed it very much so I’d like to go back and complete the story…again.
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. For two reasons: one, we have a books by Australian authors theme coming up and two, she has another book coming out soon and I want to just submerge myself in the beauty of her writing as a preview of things to come.
- The Graceling books by Kristin Cashore.