Growing up, I reread books all the time. Then, I started making my own money and I had access to a better library. Rereading suddenly became a thing of the past.
Recently, I’ve added books I read years ago to my current TBR list for one of two reasons. The first is that some of these books have sequels I have not read yet, but so much time has passed in between that I have forgotten a lot of what happened. The second reason is that I read these books in high school, loved them, and I have unread ones by the same authors, only I’m not sure I will love them as much as I did back then. The rest are just old favorites I want to visit.
The top 10 books I want to reread (because I could not keep it at 5) are:
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Not sure how many people are aware this exists. As the title suggests, Masque of the Red Death is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story of the same name. It is set in a disturbed dystopian world where people can’t leave their house without special masks—the ones that can afford the masks, anyway. The main character, Araby, is of the upper class that can afford the masks, and she distracts herself from the ruined city around her, as well as her twin brother’s death at the hands of the plague, by indulging in the sins at the Debauchery Club. When she becomes involved with two mysterious boys, Araby gets unwittingly swept up in a rebellion that forces her to make choices she never thought she would.
Masque of the Red Death is the first book in a duology, the sequel being Dance of the Red Death. I first read this novel when it came out in 2012 and I loved it. I bought Dance of the Red Death, and then never read it. I remember the first book being dark, back during a time when most young adult authors were afraid to go there. Plus, there are so few retellings of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to begin with.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I read The Queen of the Tearling about three years ago and I gave it 4 stars. At the time, I was still a novice to high fantasy. I have since bought the other two books in the trilogy, The Invasion of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling. In recent years some not-so-great things have been said about the series. But I want to form my own opinions on it.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Fun fact about me: I didn’t always finish my required reading in high school.
Wuthering Heights was one of the summer reading books I picked from the recommendations list my sophomore year of high school. I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish it. I don’t exactly remember why. However, in college, on my own I read and enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte as well as adored Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Both of Emily’s sisters’ other books have made their way to my TBR. Since Wuthering Heights is unfortunately the only book she ever wrote, I figured it was time I reread Wuthering Heights, now that I can appreciate it for what its worth.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I read The Scarlet Letter in my junior year of high school. I remember enjoying it back then. I read a few of Hawthorne’s short stories in my college literature classes, too. I like his writing style and his character development. But I want to reread The Scarlet Letter to familiarize myself with his novel works rather than his short ones before diving into The House of Seven Gables.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
In my sophomore year of high school, I was fascinated with the author Edith Wharton. We read her novella Ethan Frome in my sophomore Honors English class, which led me to pick up her novel, The Age of Innocence, for a book report. Archer, who is already engaged to another woman, falls in love with his fiancée’s cousin, Ellen, a woman ahead of her time by leaving her abusive husband and having experiences that are her own. Since I have been away from Edith Wharton’s works for so long, I was to reread my favorite, The Age of Innocence, before I pick up The House of Mirth, another book of hers I own.
The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
Confession time: I dare to say the Women of the Otherworld is one of my all-time favorite series…yet I have not actually finished it.
To this day, I have not read the final novel in this series, Thirteen. I always meant to. The Women of the Otherworld not only blended two of my favorite genres—fantasy and mystery—it also helped me find my own niche within writing. I want to reread this series, to get back to my roots and see what happens when the books are actually read in order.
The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
If you grew up with Meg Cabot or had friends who read her books, you’re probably familiar with The Princess Diaries, or at least have seen the movies with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. This is one of the few instances where I preferred the movies to the books. I will spare you all my ranting about The Princess Diaries for another day.
Anyway, while everyone else wanted to be a princess, I wanted to be a mediator. In case you are unfamiliar, The Mediator series follows Suze Simon, who can see ghosts, and she moves to a small town in California practically loaded with them. There is even one already living in her new house. His name is Jesse de Silva; he was murdered in the 1800s and still resides in his former home, which Suze’s family now occupies. Suze was strong, smart, and independent. Jesse was smart, caring, and protective.
For the longest time, I preferred to keep the series more for nostalgia purposes. Then, Meg Cabot dares to come out with an unofficial “seventh” book in the series titled Rememberance and, while I might not buy it, I love these characters enough that I would read it from the library. Before that, though, I want to reread the original series first, to bring back all the feels.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
The only non-fantasy and non-classical novel on this list, The Rosie Project is about a socially awkward genetics professor trying to use science to find love. It’s as cute as it sounds. Thinking about it now, I’m not sure if I seriously need to reread this book before I pick up its sequel, The Rosie Effect. Only The Rosie Project was just so cute, I don’t mind rereading it.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when it first came out in 2012 or 2013 and it was a five-star read for me. Then, a year or two later, I read its sequel, Hollow City, and…well…I was a little disappointed with it.
Looking back on it now, I think I gave Miss Peregrine’s such a high rating based on the hype instead of my actual enjoyment of it. I’m not saying I hate the books, but I think for me personally, they might be more of a three star than a five. And so much time has passed, I will definitely have to reread Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City before even thinking about reading the third book, Library of Souls.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
A novel from the same era as Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures is a series people either love or hate. I read the first book, Beautiful Creatures, back in the day but I’m not sure if I finished it. I don’t think it was because I didn’t like it; I was just a lazy reader then. I own the second novel, Beautiful Darkness, and have always wanted to get back into these books. Their take on witches is different. There is also the fifty/fifty chance I could end up hating it, so who knows?