I have never been one to re-read a book after I’ve read it once. The only exception to the rule is Harry Potter and even then I’ve not re-read it that much and sometimes not entirely in full. (A travesty, I know!) As a young’n, I think my attention span was at fault for this. I didn’t see the satisfaction in living in the same book again, carving out a hole in its pages and being comforted by familiar words. The difference between now and then is I definitely do. In fact, I crave it. Surprisingly from other books and not just Harry Potter, though, like for many, that series will always be a safe place in my times of great need above all else.
These days I whizz through books so fast and, as much as I love inhaling books and being efficient in my reading, it’s that bittersweet feeling of never wanting a book to end, but also already anticipating your next. The only way to truly savour any of these much-loved reads is to go back and make the conscious decision to give the words extra time to seep into your skin. So that’s what I’m planning to do more of. Re-read books I loved — and not just Harry Potter.
Amongst the titles are ones I read only this past year and those from many moons ago. Admittedly, I’d quite like to go back to ‘Twilight’ and relish in being a young teen who was completely enamoured by all that (yeah, probably super problematic) good, gooood stuff, but I think that’ll have to get in line behind my much-needed HP re-read annnnnnd all of these.
There are a couple UKYA titles I loved so much in 2016/17 that need my love and attention again, and they were ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ by Sara Barnard. I need Rhys and Steffi like I need to breathe. Their awkward sexual endeavours and failed attempts at a romantic trip to Edinburgh. I just… Yes, give it to me again, please and thank you. I also really want to read Louise Gornall’s debut for a second time — ‘Under Rose-Tainted Skies’. It was such an important and informative read and the narrative voice was completely engaging and accurate.
As for USYA, oh maaaaaan. I am dying to re-visit ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, because it’s the one book by John Green that actually got me hooked and, on a lesser note, I’m intrigued to see what not-so-cool stuff I pick up on now I’m more woke than my seventeen-year-old self was. ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell is also top of my list. I fell hard for that book and I kind of can’t believe it’s been all these years since I first read it and that I haven’t yet drenched myself in all that delicious Levi. I am sorry I did you so wrong, Levi and Cath. ‘Wing Jones’ by Katherine Webber is also a must. The writing style completely swept me away and makes me want to kick myself up the arse and get writing again.
What books are you desperate to re-visit and lose yourself in?