B.E.D.April 5

Adventures in Rereading

A bit ago, Jordyn over at Ten Cent Notes posted a blog about her “adventures in rereading” — essentially, she plans to reread (at least) one book or series each month for the rest of 2012. She later posted the list of books she hopes to reread this year by undertaking an adventure in rereading.

In the comments of her intro I mentioned that (a) I loved this idea and her strategy, and (b) I was going to be attempting to do the same thing. I’m not going to begin my adventure until May, though.

So, today I give you my list. This list (in no particular order) is a mix of stand-alone and series, YA and adult.

  • The Myth of You & Me by Leah Stewart
  • The Curse Workers series by Holly Black
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist; Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  • Jellicoe Road; Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • Looking for Alaska; Paper Towns; An Abundance of Katherines; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
What might you want to reread this year?
List updated: April 8



  1. I’ve read The Night Circus (and reread it!) and all of the John Green books. I love re-reading. I read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year. I re-read the Hunger Games before the movie release.

    This year, I know I’m going to re-read the Harry Potter series. I also might re-read a few things I’ve reated on GoodReads but don’t have a review for, like the Uglies series and the Narnia series.

    Love this idea. 🙂

    • I also reread THG series before the movie release!

      I have a small group of novels that I reread every year (Catcher in the Rye; Speak; at least one Jane Austen) that I didn’t include on this list because they’re standard for me.

      I also have several more that I’d like to reread this year that I’ve read multiple times in life — The Death of Ivan Illyich; King Leopold’s Ghost; Alice in Wonderland — but I didn’t include because I’ve read them at least twice before.

      The Uglies series is sitting on my floor in my room waiting to be read for the first time — I am making a very poor attempt to read only books I already own (new reads first) and ARCs for this year. Which means I’ve been asking for new books as gifts because I don’t think that violates my “books I already own” rule. If someone gifts it to me, then I officially own it.

  2. I quite like your list, and I especially like that we both have imaginary Girls listed.

    I haven’t even read all of the books on your list once, but I do love that you’re rereading some John Green books… I wonder how those hold up in a second reading.

    • I was wondering the same thing about the JG books; I had to reread LfA last year for a grad seminar and it really wasn’t the same at all. Which is OK and one of the reasons I like rereading. I’m also thinking of rereading all of Maureen Johnson’s books, but I thought my list was long enough for now when I thought of that.

      And I love IMAGINARY GIRLS. It was my favorite YA novel of 2011.

  3. Ooh, I love this idea! I could definitely stand to re-read C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy – and I only first read it a little over a year ago. I forget details so easily!

    By the way: welcome to 20SB, Bailey! Glad to have you 🙂

    • Rereading always gives me something new — I love reading books as I get older and seeing how different plot lines or character arcs mean different things to me. It’s especially interesting in YA, where I start relating more to the “adult” perspective, usually offered up by teachers or parents, and have an odd reminiscing relationship with the teen character I used to identify with.

      Thank you for the welcome to 20SB! In just one day it’s been a fantastic and open community. I am so excited to become more involved on the site and on others’ personal blogs. 🙂

  4. I will be rereading The Demon’s Lexicon books, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Woman in White, The Name of the Star, and Persuasion. I have reread many books this year already, including The Rook, Stephanie Perkins’ books, and The Changeover. Basically, the reread list will grow, but usually it is based on new releases in a series or on my mood. I have certain books that make me happy no matter what, and those get reread the most!

    • I have no idea what THE ROOK is, but I think I’ve seen you mention it at least 47 times today. So I’m going to have to look this up — or if you want to point me in the right direction, that’d be great.

      I, too, am influenced by new releases in a series and my mood. I’ve actually got a few more classics I want to reread, but those rank a little lower than the ones I listed — I tried to only list a reasonable list I was likely because let’s be real here, if I could reread my entire library, I would.

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