Wednesday Blogging Challenge: Books I re-read or want to re-read

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Welcome again to the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, a year-long challenge set by the good folk at Long and Short Reviews that anyone can participate in. It’s not too late for you to play along either. Interested? You can learn more about the blogging challenge here.

This week’s topic is another beauty.

Books I re-read or want to re-read

It used to be normal for me to re-read books. My copy of Jilly Cooper’s Riders is so wrecked from being read so many times it’s creased and grubby and has a cover held together with packing tape, and my copy of Well Groomed by Fiona Walker isn’t much better. My collection of Wilbur Smiths was the same (I could not get enough oRiders by Jilly Cooperf those Courtneys!).

Re-reading was normal because one, I couldn’t afford to buy new books all the time and two, other than the library, my only source of books were local bookshops. Now, bookshops are marvellous places but they can’t stock every book, and nor should they. Which meant that whenever I ran out of money or books that turned me on, it was back to the ones already on my shelf.

In the early 90s I had a brilliant local bookshop that I would visit every few weeks, sometimes more. I travelled a lot back then and spent many weeknights in boring hotel rooms and needed books to keep me sane. It was a small bookshop with limited shelf space, but a highly curated fiction selection. Thanks to their recommendations I read some extraordinary stories during that period. Many remained on my keeper shelves for years and were enjoyed again and again.

In the early 2000s we moved to Aix-en-Provence in France and my book collection went into storage in Australia. Aix had several fabulous bookshops but only one that stocked English titles. I became a frequent visitor to Book-in-Bar (yep, it was a bookshop with a bar – heaven – and I still have booksmarks from there). The selection was great and compared to Australia the books were incredibly cheap, which meant lots of stocking up on new goodies. Then along came Amazon UK and an even greater book selection, and a period where I really got into romance novels and couldn’t buy enough of them. When I was banned from buying more books (it was getting a bit silly and we couldn’t ship them all home), it was back to re-reading.

Fast forward to my first e-reader, a Sony PRS that I bought in 2010 and that pretty much ended my re-reading days. Unless it’s a cookbook (I re-read those babies all the time) or a writing craft book (ditto), it’s now quite rare for me to re-read. I’m simply too spoiled for choice.

Rare, but not unheard of. Which brings me to my list.

Here are some of the books that I plan to re-read.

Watchers by Dean KoontzWatchers by Dean Koontz

I read this book years ago, in the early 90s, and loved it. It stars a dog and I’m a dog person. Not just any dog, mind, but the dog we’d all adore to have.

I gave my print copy to charity during a clean-out in one of our many house moves and recently purchased it again in ebook, which means I can read it with lovely big print. An important consideration when you have crappy eyesight like me.

It by Stephen KingIt by Stephen King

Scariest book I ever read (or re-read). It’s about time I had the pants scared off me again.

Again, another book I’ll read in ebook because my print copy went the high-jump donkeys ago.

I’ll probably have nightmares and Jim will get cranky but it’ll be worth it.

A Place in the Hills by Michelle PaverA Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver

One of the few print copies that I’ve managed to hold on to. This is the book that cemented my love for the romance genre. It’s amazing. You should read it.

Even though she no longer writes romance, Paver remains an auto-buy author for me. Wakenhyrst and Dark Matter were brilliant and I adored her Daughters of Eden trilogy. So romantic. Sigh.

The Gargoyle by Andrew DavidsonThe Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Fantastic book. Read the opening scene and prepare to be gobsmacked.

I read this when it first released and was mesmerised by both the story and the way it was structured. I’ve had a story premise in my mind for about eight years that I’d like to structure the same… when I get around to writing it. No idea when that’ll be, but when I do I’ll re-read The Gargoyle for inspiration.

The Glittering Hour by Iona GreyThe Glittering Hour and Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

I think Iona Grey’s books are beautiful and emotional and deserve multiple re-reads. Total fangirl.

If you’re interested in my rave comments about them, you’ll find my comments on My Favourite Reads here (for The Glittering Hour) and here (for Letters to the Lost).

This is only a small selection of the books I’d like to re-read. There are a bazillion others, but you know what it’s like. Too many books and not enough reading time!

What book(s) would you dearly love to re-read?


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20 thoughts on “Wednesday Blogging Challenge: Books I re-read or want to re-read

  1. AvatarMarianne Arkins

    LOVE Watchers by Dean Koontz. Actually, I really like a lot of his older stuff (Lightning is a big fave as well).

    Have you seen the newest “IT” movie? Good stuff (the second, not so much).

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Rah! A Watchers fan! Yes, I love Koontz’ older stuff too. I went mad reading them for a while.
      I haven’t seen the new It film all the way through. My other half is NOT a horror fan and when I tried to get him to watch it with me it was obvious he wasn’t having any fun so we swapped to something else, which means I STILL haven’t seen it. Must remedy!

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    IT by Stephen King is one book I’ll probably never read (I’ve not watched the movie either). I’ll add a Place in the Hills to my TBR and I can’t wait to read The Glittering Hour as I LOVED Letters to the Lost.
    The only time I reread books was in my teens as mum and dad couldn’t afford to constantly buy us books, though the ones we did receive were the cheaper ones – Little Golden Books and the Brothers Grimm Fairytale stories, I didn’t mind as I loved those and read them over and over again. Mum hated books but dad adored them. I’m grateful that my mum never stopped me from reading. Dad bought me all three Heidi books, the Katie books and I received some amazing children/YA religious books for christmas from our church, they were all read to death, sadly about 20 years ago I displayed the religious fiction books in my laundry and they are so spotted in mould that I can’t bring them into the house, only two kind of survived and they’re sitting alongside my Heidi book collection though the Heidi book is worse for wear, similar to your Jilly Cooper book Cathryn, so sad. In the early 80s I started buying the Sweet Dream books, K/mart stocked them and every week I bought one out of my pay check and I’d reread them until the next one was available, unfortunately not long ago I gave them all to Lifeline, I really regret that now as I can’t find them anywhere, they’ve vanished from the face of the earth.
    The first time I visited a library was in my early 30s and from then on I no longer reread books, yep, we really are spoiled for choice.
    There are a few books I would very much love to reread. Heidi, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children. What Katy Did series. The Makedde Vanderwall Series by Tara Moss. All Harry Potter books. My Sweet Audrina by Virginia Andrews (as there is now a sequel titled Whitefern). Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. And all your books Cathryn (they’re just gorgeous and worth a reread).

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      You’ll LOVE The Glittering Hour, Sue. It’s beautiful.
      How sad about your spotted books. Laundries are not book-friendly places. Funny, but I’m sure I read the Heidi books growing up but I can’t remember any details.
      And yes-yes on rereading the Harry Potter series one of these days. And My Sweet Audrina. i LOVED that book when I was a teenager, but I loved all Andrews’ books back then. Although maybe I should leave it well alone. I tried to re-read Flowers in the Attic in my thirties and couldn’t understand the appeal at all.
      Thank you so much for the book love!!

  3. AvatarTracey Pedersen

    Ooh I wonder if you’ll get nightmares from IT. I thought my nightmare days were over since I’m getting VERY close to 50, but my first reading of The Shining last year had me sleeping with the light on!

  4. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Wow, Cathryn, not only have I not read those books twice, I haven’t read those books once. Although thanks for putting me onto Michelle Paver. In the last few weeks, I’ve read Dark Matter (amazing), Into Thin Air and Wakenhyrst. Spooky ghost stories all but with a very powerful emotional core so I can see how she’d be great at romance. I re-read quite a lot of books – I’ve read the Dorothy Dunnett Lymond Saga a few times and I’m due for another reading. I’ve read classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights multiple times and the Heyers. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson which is my comfort read. Dorothy L. Sayers. A few Laura Kinsales although her stuff is so wrenching, it’s not exactly a comfort read. Lord of Scoundrels and Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase. Sometimes only an old favourite will do!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m so pleased you’re enjoying Michelle Pave, Anna. I love her books, as you know. I really hope you get to read A Place in the Hills. I adore that book.
      I’m laughing because I’ve hardly read the authors on your re-read list too! Wuthering Heights I’ve read, of course (luuuurve) and Lord of Scoundrels and Mr Impossible are favourites. Mr Impossible was the best fun. I must re-read that.
      You’ve made me curious about Laura Kinsale now. Off to google. Thanks for sharing!

  5. AvatarDixie Jackson

    I was an avid King fan when I was a teen. Not so much anymore. Now he just scares the bejeezus out of me! LOL Great list and I love hearing about people’s travels, probably because we’ve traveled so much and I love it.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Travel is the best, Dixie! So much of the world to see and experience and learn about. It changes you as a person too.
      Maybe you could revisit Mr King. He’s got a lot milder. Most are not very horror-y or scary at all. Still good though.

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