Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read Again

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This week’s theme is:  Books I Want to Read Again


Re-reading, it’s something I don’t do very often, if at all, but my selections for this week’s topic are a mixture of books that I would like to re-read or books I wish I could read again for the first time.

I was surprised to notice when making my list that most of the Stephen King books that feature must have been from my pre-blogging days as I don’t seem to have written reviews for any of them, which could be a great reason to read some of them again. I’ll list those together first…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – There’s no way I couldn’t list this series first as I’ve mentioned many times before that I’d like to re-read it someday. The only thing that makes me hesitate is that there are 8 books in total and some of them are really long. It’s probably going to happen though. Maybe!

The Shining by Stephen King – I’ve always thought this would be a good one to re-read during autumn but it recently occurred to me that the family goes to the Overlook for a winter stay, so actually it’s also a great winter re-read too. Any excuse to revisit a book that I found pretty creepy at times. Room 217, I’ll say no more.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – It’s been a while since I read this and it’s one I would certainly be tempted to pick up again, to see how much I enjoy it on a re-read.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I’d love to experience this for the first time. It was such a unique take on the country house murder mystery and I was intrigued as to what was going on.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – The central duo of Gus and Call make this one worth the re-read. There are more books featuring those same characters so perhaps I’ll check some of those out too.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – I enjoyed the writing, the characters, the atmosphere of the house and the creepiness of the wooden figures that were possibly moving around when no one was watching. One to pick up during the dark nights of autumn I think.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey – I would love to experience my first read of this all over again. I remember seeing the synopsis for the first time and being completely intrigued. I couldn’t wait to discover the story and I enjoyed it when I did.

       

The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan – I was really sad to reach the end of this fantasy trilogy and bid goodbye to some wonderful characters.

       

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden – Perfect for winter evenings of reading.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Not a wish to relive my first read exactly, I saw the movie version before I read the book and had no clue as to how the case would be resolved. I had great fun reading the book but I wonder if I’d have picked up more clues if I’d read rather than watched it first. I doubt it as I don’t think I’ve worked out whodunnit in any of the other Christie novels I’ve read so far.


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read Again

  1. readingbifrost says:

    Now I’m kinda mad I didn’t add Murder on the Orient Express to my list, as well. I’ve seen it on a couple of more lists, and well deserved. It’s one of those books if you read a second time, it’s not as good because you already know the twists. Reading it again for the first time would be best!

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    • pagesandtea says:

      I would have loved to read it for the first time without knowing the ending as it’s cleverly done, but I did get to watch the movie without a clue as to how it would end so that’s something, and it was that which made me want to read more Christie too.

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  2. anovelglimpse says:

    I still need to read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for the first time! I don’t know that I could reread The Girl With All the Gifts. I liked it the first time, but I struggled with the slower pace. Maybe if I listened to the audiobook.

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Seven Deaths was really good. An audio re-read of Girl With All the Gifts would be a good idea. I’ve tried audiobooks a couple of times and my attention seems to wander but for a re-read it might be better as I’d already know the story.

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  3. Elyse LeMieux says:

    I re-read The Shining this year and then I read Doctor Sleep. Both are good but in their own ways. I felt like Doctor Sleep really could’ve stood on its own because it was so different from The Shining. I have yet to finish The Dark Tower series. I think I’m on book 4? Maybe 3. I was reading one a year. I don’t really like them. lol. But I own them so I will eventually finish the series. Right now I’m re-reading Ready Player One and then I’m going to read Ready Player Two! This is my 4th time reading RPO.

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    • pagesandtea says:

      I wanted to read Doctor Sleep again once I’d seen the movie version, and that then started the idea that re-reading The Shining would be good too.
      Some of the Dark Tower books are really long if you’re not really enjoying them. The Western theme appealed to me and I’d like to read something similar but then I end up thinking about reading the Tower again 😀
      Hope you enjoy Ready Player Two.

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  4. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies says:

    What a great list! I never got all the way through the Dark Tower series — I paused after the 3rd book, and by now, I think I’d have to start over again, and I’m not sure I’m up for it. I do want to re-read The Stand the most out of King’s books. I ended up re-reading The Shining before Doctor Sleep came out, and I was so glad that I did. I’d love to re-read the Winternight books again too! Hope you get to at least some of these. 🙂
    My TTT

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Thanks 🙂 I could have added The Stand to my list as well. It’s a long time since I read that for the first time and there’s the new tv series coming out soon so no doubt that will tempt me to add it to my TBR list again. It’s just that it’s such a huge book and I read quite slowly that it would take me forever 😀
      I ended up wanting to re-read Doctor Sleep after I saw the recent movie, and that led me to wanting to read The Shining again as well.

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  5. @lynnsbooks says:

    Some fantastic books on here that I really enjoyed. I loved the Arden serie and would love to be able to read them again to see what I pick up the second time round. Now, where can I buy a time turner.
    Lynn 😀

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