Ten Books I Want To Re-read But Don't Have the Time For

Saturday, October 1, 2022

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Sometimes, while staring at my bookshelves, I find myself lingering on one of them while thinking, "I should really read that again." It never happens, though. There are just SO many books out there to read, and the fact that it is impossible to read all of them is a great injustice. So while part of me waits, longing to return to the worlds I have previously visited, I continue to ignore it so that I can experience even more. So, here are the ten books calling to me like a beautiful siren but so far haven't overpowered my need for neverending new worlds.

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10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Simply put, I need to start the series over to finish it because I took too much time between books.

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9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

An absolute classic and must-read for any fan of literature that somehow I have only read once. 

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8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

This is one of the series that helped get me into YA after high school. Unfortunately, I have only read the series once, and I think it's time to revisit it to see if I still want to keep my physical copies.

image showing the cover for The Catcher in the Rye and a quote from the book

7. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

This used to hold the title of my all-time favorite book. I haven't read it in over 15 years, though. With the ways things have changed over time, I have noticed quite a few people claiming this book to be highly problematic, and that is one of the two big reasons I want to go back to it. I want to have it fresh in my mind to understand others' complaints. I also read this as a teenager. I am now in my thirties. I want to see how different the experience of reading Catcher in the Rye is when you are older.

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6. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

I read this book too fast. I want to go back. 

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5. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

This is my favorite Haruki Murakami book. However, I read it fast, and while I have fond memories of it, similar to Catcher in the Rye, I have begun to hear people mention some problematic content. Therefore, I want to read it slower with a more critical mindset. 

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4. Neverending Story by Michael Ende

This book should be added to the list of books I need to read at least once a year, but somehow I never seem to be able to make time for it. Of course, I do watch the 80s film multiple times a year...but that covers very little of what is in the book.

image showing the cover of Fahrenheit 451 and a quote from the book

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Another must-read classic but extra important due to recent events. The only problem is I want to read a physical copy and have yet to fit it into my book budget. 

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2. May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson

This series is fantastic. I am shocked. I never hear anyone talk about it. My main reason for wanting to re-read right now, though, is that I never got around to book three. For years I kept randomly ordering the third book...only to receive book two over and over again. After the series was reprinted, I finally got the final book in the series...even though it doesn't have the cover I prefer. I need to re-read it before I finish the series.

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1. Imajica by Clive Barker

This was one of the most challenging reads of my life. When I finished it the first time, I told myself I would never reread it, even though I really enjoyed it. So, of course, it makes sense that the book that haunts me the most is this one. The more time that passes, the more I miss being in this world. 

So there we are, the ten books I want to re-read the most as of this post. There's definitely a ton more that I could have added to this list, so I may eventually do a part two. So what books are begging you to re-read them?

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