Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Ten Books I want to Re-read
1. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
I fell hard in love with Anne Rice’s vampires while I was in middle school, and still consider this series to be one of the most formative literary choices I’ve made. Yes, lots of people read Anne Rice’s vampires for their angsty pseudo-gothic purposes and that is fine, but for me it was an enmeshing of the history I so loved and pursued in other aspects of my life with the romantic concept of immortality. The longevity of experiencing radical revolutions of the world and world thinking was intoxicating! I look back on these books fondly and know they will always be wonderful if I can pick them back up.
2. Covenant of the Vampire Series by Jeanne Kalogridis
This goes in line with my first pick, especially because Jeanne is such an amazing historical writer. In this series, she utilized the most iconic historical figures associated with vampirism (Vlad Tsepes and Elizabeth Bathory), and made them, and their descendants, amazingly compelling characters. This was a series that captured me early on, and all three books are worth another look.
3. The Three Trilogies by Robin Hobb (Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man)
With the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy having just started in Fool’s Assassin after a decade hiatus, I feel as if I need to brush up on some of my details of the story. That is unsurprising, considering its 9 books of deep emotional investment and torment. When my heart was breaking for characters I felt so strongly for, I bet I forgot a few subtle notes! It also happens to be one of my favourite series of all time.
4. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
I feel like this one is kind of a given. So in depth, and with the immense gaps between the release of books, memory is bound to be a little fuzzy. I’m also currently ‘re-reading’ these via audiobook while I do my cardio.
So what if I just read it this year? It was that good. THAT GOOD DAMMIT.
6. The Special X series by Michael Slade
Another huge favourite, this time in the realm of gore, crime, horror and psychopaths. I have re-read these books hundreds of times and will probably continue to do so. Horror is such a difficult genre to nail, and Michael Slade does it every time!
Fry: This should come as no surprise. I don’t reread. When I have done it in the past, the book loses its flavor and nuance from the first discovery. I hate that feeling. I really do. It’s a little hard to curate a list when one makes quite an effort to NOT reread. I used to just work my way through books, forgetting details and not caring. This became increasingly hard with series like Anita Blake, where I suddenly couldn’t keep the bouquet of penises straight and all the characters kept changing personalities and base attributes. The one lesbian in the book was suddenly a jealous straight woman, and everyone else was a blank slate for the author’s fantasies.
Thank goodness for the ReCaptains, they have saved me an awful lot of confusion (where applicable).
Carol: Oldies but goodies! Some books are just meant to be read over and over again. And mine… well, yes, you’ve seen most of them before.
1. The Hobbit
2. The Lord of the Rings
3. Rose Daughter
4. Spindle’s End
5. The Vampire Lestat
6. The Ropemaker
7. My Beetle and Me: A Love Story
8. The Hero and The Crown
9. A Game of Thrones
10. The Sign of Four