Friday 19 April 2024

Neverending Reread List

 I am going to admit that my To Be Read list is very out of control (at the time of writing this, Goodreads and StoryGraph both tell me I have over 400 books that I would like to read one day). Some are recent, others have been on my shelves (both physical and electronic) for a very, very, very long time. 

But I love a good reread. And I discovered that I didn’t do any last year as I had too much to read and review. So, this year, I want to allow myself the chance to reread stories that itch at me and beg for the chance. 

Now, I have several on my radar and I have openly chatted about and I am making plans to attack them (or at least start) over the course of the Spring and Summer months. Plus, there are a few others that are sitting patiently on my kindle and I know that holding them off to next year isn’t going to be an opinion. I sense I might have to allow myself a month of hardcore rereading pleasure.

Now, before I chat about some of the titles, I will be putting affiliate links to to some titles (not all as I do ramble) so if any titles tickle your fancy and you want more details, you can click there and research. But if you want to use Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles or any other bookseller (indie or otherwise), please do so. Let’s share the bookish love!

The first is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Now, I am leaning more to just rereading this, the first book in the series, rather than doing rest of the trilogy (Shadow of Night and Book of Life) and companion novel (Time’s Convert). But I suspect I will do it all for the sole reason that Deborah’s newest companion novel in this world, The Black Bird Oracle, is coming out in mid-July and I want to get a little refreshed on this world before it comes out. I miss this world of witches and vampires and this might mean I will finish the TV adaption (I only did season 1 as there’s an event that happens in season two and I couldn’t make myself watch it).

My second reread plan is The Diviners by Libba Bray. Main reason for this is because it’s time to do the whole series, which I have on audiobook. I have only even doing the first book in the series and these are long audiobooks (the final in the series, King of Crows, is around 24 hours long and there are some characters in this series that the idea of spending 24 hours in their flawed company sounds awful). But 1920s New York with creepiness and magic is very up my street (even though I am not much of a historical reader, I know). But I feel brave and willing to try!

Let’s step outside of rereads with a fantasy element and go a little darker with Want To Play? by PJ Tracy. This is a thriller and the first in the Monkeewrench series. Now, I am 99% certain I read this years ago because of the Richard and Judy Book Club (anyone remember that?) when they had a show on Channel 4 and I remember that I really enjoyed it, and though I have read (very recently) read later instalments in the series, I want to reread this as I need a good old series to sink my teeth into. Plus, I have no memory of what happens expect what is written on the blurb about a video game company and the secrets they hide. 

Trying to think of another crime/thriller reread that’s on my radar and the main two authors for this are Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen, my go-to crime thriller authors. I have several for each and it would be wrong for me to write a paragraph for each author when you know how much I enjoy reading them, so am going to just write the titles in question and move quickly on. For Kathy Reichs, Deja Dead, Death du Jour and From Bones to Ashes (my first ever Kathy Reichs novel). For Tess Gerristen, Body Double (my first Gerritsen novel), Vanish, The Mephisto Club and standalone novel, Harvest.

I was going to write one more title but am going to plump for two and then will wrap this up. Now, these two I keep putting off rereading and I know that, if I do, I will binge read the whole series so am hesitant to start on either (but I know am going to do them!). The books in question? Half Bad by Sally Green and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoshki. Now, you guys know how much i adored both these books when I first read them. In Half Bad’s case, I devour the series and completely understand how this series is a very marmite series to readers, but I loved it and my heart broke in the final instalment, Half Lost. But in Winner’s Curse’s case, I read the first and adore the writing … and then I never read book 2 or 3 in the series. As you can sense, if I decide to reread either of these, I will go hard and read both trilogies, so if/when I do decide to reread these, BRACE YOURSELVES!

I think I will leave this post here, but know that I have so many other rereads on my mind (Mirror Dreams by Catherine Webb, Die for Me by Amy Plum, The Know by Martina Cole, The Hollow by Agatha Christie, Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve and many others) and, one day, I will return to them… one day…

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