7 Books I Want to Reread in 2017

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One of my goals this year is to get over my weird phobia of rereading books. And now that Goodreads allows rereads to count toward the reading challenge, I might actually be motivated to do it. Here are some books I’ve been meaning to reread for a while, and am hoping to finally get to this year!

1984 by George Orwell. I was planning on rereading this before the whole “alternative facts” thing, I swear. It’s one of my favorite books, and one I read when I started grad school. I wanted to read it after finishing grad school to see if my opinion has changed at all. The fact that it’s politically relevant has only made me want to read it more (and also completely terrified me).

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I reread this book every few years, and it’s been a while. This year, I think I want to listen to the audiobook read my Rosamund Pike. Although I might just curl up and read it on a rainy weekend.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. I still haven’t read the illustrated edition that came out in October, even though I preordered and got it the day it came out. It’s been a while since I’ve read any of the Harry Potter books, and I definitely want to read this before the next illustrated edition is released.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. I’ve read this twice already, once in college and once in grad school. This time, I want to read it from a less academic perspective to see what I’m able to get out of it. (Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for feminist literature. It’s basically the original feminist manifesto.)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I loved the audiobook the first time I read this, because there is so much extra material. And when I picked up a hardcover copy to have on my shelves, and realized there were tons of pictures, it landed on my reread list. I’m definitely going to need something simultaneously empowering and hilarious at some point this year, and this book will be it.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. This is my favorite Gaiman novel so far, and the first one I ever read. I wanted to reread it last year, and never got around to it. In fact, I read very little of Gaiman’s writing last year, which makes me kind of sad, because he inspires me a lot. So this year, I want to read this one again. And probably listen to the BBC dramatization again because it’s amazing.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I read this in college, and I don’t think I got as much out of it as I could have because 1) I was a little less open-minded back then, and 2) I read it for class and I feel like I wasn’t able to appreciate it in the same way I would have if I’d read it on my own (though I am glad that class introduced me to it). Now that I have a much greater appreciation for diversity, I want to revisit it.

Are there any books you’re planning on rereading soon?


26 thoughts on “7 Books I Want to Reread in 2017

  1. I’m a serial re-reader so there are always so many I’m meaning to get to! It seems likely that I’ll re-read a couple of Austens, probably Pride and Prejudice, though I’d like to finally make it through some I haven’t been able to get through before (*cough* Mansfield Park *cough*).

    I’m seemingly constantly re-reading the Harry Potter series. I think changing up the format really adds something though. For example, this re-read I’ve been listening to the audiobooks as narrated by Stephen Fry, and I think my next re-read through the series I’ll start with the beautiful illustrated editions. I’m also still in the middle of re-reading ASOUE but I barely remember some of the books in the series so I’m in a stage where I have weird deja vu feeling when reading certain scenes.

    Good luck with your re-reading this year! 🙂

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    1. I really enjoyed Mansfield Park. Maybe not as much as Northanger or P&P, but it was still pretty good. (DO NOT watch the movie first, they added a weird slavery subplot.) I will never stop rereading HP, either. It’s great every time. Good luck with all your reading, too!

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  2. I also have a weird rereading phobia…I used to have a pretty good memory, so when I would get to certain parts in the book, I would suddenly remember everything and it would kind of ruin it for me. But my favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I’ve reread a few times since I first read it the summer before junior year of high school. But it’s been at least 7 years since I read it, so I’m definitely due!

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      1. Definitely! Especially since the first time I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I was 16 and there are some things that definitely went over my head the first few times reading it! I catch more things now that I’m older, haha.

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  3. I reread Pride and Prejudice last year. The last time I it read before then I was when I was 15! I LOVED it. Again lol. One thing I noticed that I didn’t when I was 15 was the way the reader slowly learns bits and pieces about Mr. Darcy, just as you would in real life if you interacted with him. You wouldn’t know of his good character unless you got to know him, like Elizabeth did.

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      1. OMG! Those years when everything was “easy” and we had all the time of the world xD I want to reread the hunger games but I don’t know when that will happen. I did a commentary of Harry Potter in my blog 🙂

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    1. I know! I found it on Audible and it’s amazing. (If you’re not already a member, there’s a button on my site that will get you two free audiobooks, which you can keep even if you cancel the free membership. Just saying.)

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