I think we all have those books that call to us from the shelves. Books that we read already, but are itching to read again (no matter how big our current TBR is). This is the list of books that I want to re-read hopefully in the near future.
Please comment down below books that you love so much that you can't help but read multiple times.
1. Six of Crows dulology by Leigh Bardugo.
If you love fantasy as much as I do, these two books will probably change your life. I have read them in the beginning of February of 2017 and I am ready to read them again, barely 3 months later.
So what is it about this duology that makes it so good? Well, besides excellent writing, witty humor and mind-blowing twist and turns of the plot? This book contains six fantastic characters. Six amazing points of view. You would think that six might be a tad much. A little too cluttered. But somehow, it's perfect. They all are so incredibly different and reading their points of view is like hanging out with each of them in turn. With some you laugh, with some you grieve and with some you are terrified for you don't know what the heck they have planned for you (ahem-ahem, Kaz Brekker!).
The world building is fantastic. It's a completely different world that you let yourself emerge into. At moments it feels so real that you can almost smell the dirty streets of Ketterdam.
Leigh Bardugo is quite the mastermind.
2. Dealing with Dragons series by Patricia C. Wrede
Staying in the genre of fantasy, but switching to some middle-grade literature, we have Dealing with Dragons series. There are four books in the series, but I mainly want to re-read the first three, as they are the bomb. The fourth one is good, just not as good I guess.
If you are thinking that you are too old for middle-grade books, think again. All the best books are written for children (HP series, Percy Jackson...to name a few).
Dealing with Dragons has the best female protagonist EVER. If you need a role model, look no further. Cimorene is spunky, smart and takes no crap, be it from a dragon or a prince who is trying to "rescue" her. She stands up for herself. Bonus perk, her job title is basically a librarian, for a dragon.
But amazing characters don't end with Cimorene, as series progress we meet a phenomenal (and quite a feminist) witch Morven, and later on a king, who doesn't act like a king, Mendanbar.
I should read some more of Wrede books. For I read these series three times already, but what can you do?
3. Life of PI by Yann Martel
I read Life of Pi a few years back, and I loved it so much I wanted to cry. I think I am ready to read it again.
Life of PI is a story of spiritual journey, a tragic event and an unlikely friendship with a tiger, named Richard Parker.
There are three parts to the book, and narration switches now and then, but it is done so seamlessly, and by then you are so immersed into the story that you don't feel it at all. The ending is left to readers interpretation, which I know many readers don't like. Me included (I need facts, not musings!). But, surprisingly, in Life of Pi, I didn't mind that at all. I just chose to believe the "better story".
There is also a film. I would recommend both. Go read it. Go watch it. Just do. It's so good.
4. A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sadly, I don't own a physical copy just of this story, so here is an internet image.
Ahh Sherlock Holmes. There was a time when all I read was "The adventures of Sherlock Holmes". I can't tell you how many times I have read each story, but I can speculate that it was no less than five. I was obsessed. I couldn't understand why none of my friends shared this obsession with me. Granted, my friends weren't avid readers, as I was, but still.
Doyle has two novels of Sherlock Holmes, that are more lengthy and more complex than all of his other short stories. The Hound of Baskerville and A Study in Scarlet. I adore both of them, but A Study in Scarlet has always been my favorite. It's also quite different in its composition, as it consist of two parts: a present time and the past. The present is full of Holmes' awesomeness and his deduction methods, while the past is a heart wrenching story of love and revenge.
If you never read any of Sherlock Holmes stories, I don't know what you are waiting for. It is one classic that will never be beat and will always be my number one.
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Impossible to put down? Check.
Agatha Christie at her best. No wonder this book is the sixth-best-selling single-volume book of all time! It is also very different from all of her other works, so if you don't care much about Hercuile Poirot or Miss Marple, try this.
I need to get a hardcover copy of this, because it is a book to keep and cherish forever.
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, the first victim is murdered. Nine to go?
The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again...
6. Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
I only own four of these books and want to re-read them before I go out and buy the last two.
It's hard for me to explain these books, because you just have to read them, and see them. For it is a graphic novel.
It is brutal, it is creepy and it's pretty darn good!
The comic follows three siblings of the Locke family returning to their ancestral home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, after their father is brutally murdered. There they explore a house with doors unlocked by magical keys that bestow powers...and a malevolent demon determined to steal them all for itself.
Also let me nonchalantly mention that Joe Hill is Steven King's son. Now, I am not comparing him to his dad, or his work to his dad's work. For he is his own, super talented person. Is just, you know that mind numbing and heart wrenching string that tugs on you when you read King's books, well he's got it too. So prepare to be creeped out, it is a horror graphic novel, after all.
Based on my books of choice I guess you can tell that I love a good (and hopefully a scary) mystery. I also love a good fantasy equally as much.
I am always open to recommendations in those genres, + historical fiction. So recommend away.
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