Good morning! It’s Thursday, which means it’s Book Tag Day! This week’s tag comes from Brianna’s Books & Randomness. I figured since I’m currently doing my reread of The Lord of the Rings, this would be a good tag to do!
A childhood favourite that you could read 100 times and still love.
The Phantom Tollbooth. I absolutely LOVE The Phantom Tollbooth and I can still remember my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Dumas, reading it to us after lunch. She’d read about a chapter a day, and as soon as she finished it I made my mom take me to the bookstore so I could have a copy for my very own. I’m pretty sure I’ve re-read it a dozen or more times at this point.
A book you DNF’d but would be willing to give a second chance to.
Six of Crows. I’m not sure why I didn’t finish this book, but it’s on my list of Books to Read in 2021 (along with its sequel, because they’re both still sitting on my shelf, judging me). I really enjoyed what I did read, and I don’t know why I never finished it. Maybe I got too caught up in school, because I was still in graduate school when I tried to read this.
A newer favorite you would reread.
A Deadly Education. I’m pretty sure I’ve beaten it to death at this point, but it was my favorite book of 2020 and I’m sure I’ll reread it before I read The Last Graduate when I receive that this year! Just a few more months to wait!
A book you hated and never want to read again
In terms of recent books, Follow Me to Ground. You’ll get my review in a few weeks, but suffice to say that it was billed as something completely different than it turned out to be, so not only was it disappointing, but it was also poorly written. I had such high hopes for this book, but it ended up being so frustrating that I wish I’d never bought it in the first place. I was even further tricked by the beautiful cover.
A classic you read in school but want to try again.
I think I want to try and read Catch-22. I never finished the book (instead I read the SparkNotes for it), and at this point I think it would be an interesting thing to try and read. Or maybe 1984. Or one of the other dozen books I was supposed to read for summer reading but hated so all I did was read the SparkNotes instead, and I still graduated Valedictorian.
An author you would reread anything from
JRR Tolkien, John Scalzi, and probably Lemony Snicket? I’ve been meaning to reread A Series of Unfortunate Events for a while now, but they currently live at my parents’ house and I don’t have room for them here. Sad face.
A series you want to reread for the fun of it
I’m going to start on The Expanse soon, maybe after I’m done with Lord of the Rings, because it’s been so long that I literally do not remember anything that happened. I think I only read the first three or four books, so reading them now after such a long time is going to let me write both a First Impression Friday and a Book Review post on them!
A series you want to reread for an adaptation
Honestly, I’m not sure about this one. I’m sure The Expanse would also fit into this category, because it’s got a SyFy/Amazon series attached to it. Maybe I’d reread A Series of Unfortunate Events so I could watch the Netflix series. I’ve seen like, two episodes of it, but I really want to watch the rest.
A book you’ve read but want to listen to the audiobook
Hm, maybe the Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi, if it’s the same narrator that did the Android’s Dream audiobook. I loved that audiobook, and that’s what introduced me to Scalzi.
I never realized that rereading was such a controversial choice. I’ve seen people who refuse to reread books (unless required by a class or something), because “I’ve already read it, why would I read it again?”
And then there’s my sister, who read the Percy Jackson series over and over and over again for almost five years, and it took a lot to get her to branch out into other books.
I personally love rereading books, but I’m trying to read more new books in 2021 than I do old books, and if I do reread books, it’s going to be ones that I haven’t read for years (see: Lord of the Rings and The Expanse).
What’s your opinion on re-reading? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading (or rereading!).