I’m a huge fan of rereading. I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like to because there are so many other new to me books to read that I get wrapped up in, but if someone told me that I could only reread books for the rest of the year, these would be the first ones I picked up. Also, I feel like 90% of these are absolutely not going to surprise anyone because I am so obvious about the books that I love.
Okay, I’m going to try to only stick with one book per author, and I’ve been wanting to reread Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for literal years now. I first read it in 2017, and I’ve thought of nothing but Kaz Brekker
(and Darayavahoush) since then, so this is not only at the top of the list because the alphabet, but because it would absolutely be the first book that I reread.
Truthfully, I want to be rereading The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty right the heck now what with The Empire of Gold coming out in a couple weeks. At some point, I am going to do an entire series reread, though, and gosh this first one. All of the books on this list are first ones if they’re part of a series because I don’t understand how to read out of order, but I would stick with this one no matter what. It’s just a masterpiece.
Look, I’ve already read Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi three times, and the most recent time was in February, and I’m STILL in love with it as much as I was the first time, so I really don’t know what to tell you guys. This is going to keep showing up on every list ever, and I’m going to keep rereading it forever, and I just love Sam and Penny so much OKAY. Their banter is life.
I also reread Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston recently because I was needing some extra love, and I forgot how good this was somehow? Like, I went into it fully prepared to die all over again, but then I was like wow? This is literally perfect? Why did my past self not warn me? I cried again. I laughed again. I fell on the floor again. I love Alex & Henry so damn much, and I will reread this until the end of my days.
If I’m only rereading books for the rest of the year, well, of course, there’s a David Mitchell on that list, and of course it’s The Bone Clocks. Not only is this my favorite Mitchell, and one of my top favorite books of all time, it’s just so damn good. The writing is absolutely spectacular, and the plot twist is sure to make me gasp even louder the second time than the first time. It’s hard to just pick one Mitchell because Cloud Atlas is so good and Black Swan Green has my heart forever, but between Hugo Lamb and Marinus, this is it for me.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is the only one I’m going to cheat a little on because I’m including the entire series since I could just reread the whole thing on Tumblr and not have to worry about separate physical volumes. I recently reread the first two to prepare for the third one, and it was the best weekend in recent memory, and honestly, I might need to do it again.
I know, I can’t believe I’m choosing An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson over Sorcery of Thorns, either, but there’s just something about faeries that’s going to appeal to me every damn time, and I find myself just randomly thinking about Isobel and Rook’s relationship in the middle of the day, deep in my dreams, while I’m driving, just whenever wherever always. Particularly that scene when Rook protects them with the trees overnight while he’s casually dying, UGH, okay, bye, I’m gonna go reread this right now, I convinced myself.
Much like Six of Crows, I’ve been wanting to reread A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab for a while now. I keep picking it up and putting it back, and one of these times, I’m just going to say screw it and abandon all my other books so I can travel through doors with Kell again. Gosh, I miss him, but you know who I miss more than anything?
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Of all the books on this list, I’ve read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater most. I’ve read it every winter almost every year since its publication, and I’m just now realizing I never read it in 2019, and that seems like a true tragedy, so definitely going to rectify that later this year. It’s my favorite book of hers, one of my all-time favorite books, and not only is it a whole ton of nostalgia for me, I just love it so much. It’s definitely my favorite on this list of rereads, and Sam Roth is number one in my heart.
This is going to sound like cheating, this last one, but I do legitimately reread my own books all the time. Truthfully, the thing I reread the most out of everything is a 00q fanfiction I wrote, oh mercy, I implore. (I’m not even joking, I probably reread all three stories once every three-four months.) But if we’re strictly talking books here, I reread my own quite a bit. I’m in the middle of a very slow reread of The Weight of Us, which is a adult contemporary romance that’s about soft boys in a bookstore, but sometimes I’ll dip back into a chapter of Walk Among Us, a young adult contemporary romance about sex, drugs, and good old rock n roll, or a very specific Theodore & Finn chapter from sister witches because they’re my fave. They say write what you want to read, and I definitely did that, so I feel no shame with rereading my own novels.