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?