This week’s topic is the Top Five Books I Want to Reread in 2022, and I confess I have some mixed feelings about it. On one hand, considering the size of my TBR, rereading books feels like the absolute last thing I should be doing if I want to make any progress in 2022. Although considering how many books I’ve added to the hoard this week alone, this might already be a hopeless battle.
But on the other hand, one of my own personal resolutions this year was to be kinder to myself – because I am very bad at that – and part of that is doing more things I enjoy, just because I enjoy them. And that includes revisiting some old stories that are near and dear to my heart. So that’s how I’m going to look at this week’s challenge, because there’s nothing more comforting to me than returning to a good book, and reliving the adventures all over again.
And on that super sappy note, let’s get started!
Top Five Books I Want to Reread in 2022
This has been one of my favourite stories ever since I first saw the Studio Ghibli film (yes, I saw the movie before I read the book: the greatest of all book related crimes). It was my first introduction to Dianna Wynne Jones and the start of an eternal love affair with her books – this one in particular. I used to reread it regularly, because I couldn’t resist visiting Ingary every once in a while, and I think it’s time to return once again. And maybe read the sequels while I’m at it too.
Less a book than a series crammed into one giant doorstopper, but I’m rereading the whole thing this year so it still counts. I read the full series in high school and it remains one of the only books I ever enjoyed from a mandatory class assignment. It has everything: Arthurian and Norse legends, intricate worldbuilding, and a bunch of friends whisked away from their life at the University of Toronto to save the world. It’s Lord of the Rings meets the Sword in the Stone and how can you not enjoy that?
For a change of pace, this one is less a sentimental reread, and more a chance to remember just what the heck happened in this massive story before I start the sequels. Generally, I have a good memory when it comes to books (apparently in exchange for forgetting things like deadlines, appointments, and needing to eat) but I read this a while back and I feel like I need a refresher before I dive into the next book. Plus, I enjoyed it, so why not read it again?
Returning to another childhood favourite, Peter S. Beagle’s classic story of a unicorn searching for the rest of her kind is equal parts enchanting and filled with delightful humor. Just like with Howl’s Moving Castle, I saw the film first (and in a twist of fate, that movie was also done by the production company that would become Studio Ghibli) and just like with that book, I fell even more in love with the story when I finally sat down and devoured it page by page. It’s fantastical and magical, while also not being afraid to poke a bit of fun at fairytale conventions, and I can’t wait to read it again.
Is it ever too soon to reread a book? If there is, too bad, because I’d defy the gods to get back into The Thirteenth Hour again. I know I just finished reading this last month but I do not care. I loved this book so much, and all I want is more. And until I get my hands on the next book in the series, this will definitely do!
And there we go! My top five books I want to reread this year. I confess, I don’t often reread books, even ones I really enjoy since I’m always looking for a new story to dive into. But maybe this will be the start of a new, better trend. And maybe it will help justify all the books I have on my shelves.
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