I was a huge re-reader until a couple of years ago when I started my book blog. The pressure of keeping up with review copies and the hyped books has kept me away from picking up my old favourites again. In the recent past, old series are being renewed again or sequels are coming out years later which have necessitated re-reads from publishers themselves. The book community has also embraced re-reading as a way of defeating the dreaded reading slump or as pick-me-ups on bad days. That is why today I feel comfortable sharing a list of books from my past which I want to read once more.
1. The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien
For several years I’d kept up the tradition of re-reading the trilogy every year. I couldn’t fulfil it last year but I intend to pick it up again in 2019.
2. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I’ve been making my way through Hercule Poirot’s mysteries and feel like reading Sherlock Holmes’s adventures side-by-side to see which I find more engaging and compelling. I had read all the stories when I was in school and have forgotten almost all of them now. I want to refresh my memory and fancast Benedict Cumberbatch, my favourite Sherlock, as an added bonus when I re-read.
3. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
We’re getting a sequel to Lyra’s story sometime this year or maybe a little while later, so I want to be prepared by brushing up my knowledge on the world and the important characters. I also want to see how I react to it now as an adult because I read it when I was a teenager and grew emotionally attached to the characters. I’ve heard very good things about the full-cast audiobooks, so I want to change up the format for this re-read.
4. Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
The fourth book in this series has been in the works for quite a few years now and the tentative release date is set to this year, so I thought it would be a good time to dive back into the world again. I want to binge-read the first three books and re-live the shock of the explosive twist at the end of the third so that I’m sufficiently prepared for what’s to come next.
5. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Now that I finally have money of my own to buy the Ravenclaw house editions and the illustrated ones too for good measure, I want to start the tradition of re-reading these every year in a different format. I’m also curious to experience the story via the audiobooks for both the British and American editions as I’ve heard that Stephen Fry and Jim Dale’s narrations are excellent. Although I don’t want to support J. K. Rowling anymore because of her continued problematic representation of marginalized identities in her stories, I just can’t shake off the magic spell that Harry Potter laid on me when I first read it, so it will always remain a series that is near and dear to my heart.
Do you re-read books? Which series do you want to re-read because of the long gap between the previous books and the sequel? Do you change up the format of the book when you re-read it? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.