6 Books Worth Rereading

I have a friend who insists life is too short to ever watch reruns or reread a book. I fully appreciate what he means and that it’s true of 95% of literature, 97.5% of movies, and 99% of tv shows.* However, there is definitely media worth consuming, digesting, regurgitating, and consuming again. (Consider music for a moment.)

*Of course, I am making those numbers up because there’s no way to get accurate statistics on such things and this is also a matter of opinion… BUT… I firmly believe there are more movies than tv shows and more books than either.

I’m going to skip over obvious choices for rereading. At least a few of them are pictured above. Literary classics are so for good reason. Most great books are worth a second read. I’ve never met anyone who’s read too much Shakespeare either.

These are a few of the lesser-known books I read over and over again, knowing I’ll never have time to read all the books I want to, and doing it freaking anyway. It should go without saying that these are all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to me.

The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

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Justin Cronin wrote this post-apocalyptic, vampirish series brilliantly (though he specifically avoids the word “vampire” throughout the book). I love the premise, the dark beginning of humanity’s demise, how the narrative flashes in and out of different time periods, organically-developed (but not overpowering) romance, and, most of all, the characters he created – and there are plenty. I dream about them sometimes. Thank goodness it’s more about fighting some terror alongside the main crew than the horrific monsters Cronin created.

Stephen King calls this “one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction”. He’s not wrong.

I may write a full review for these at some point but for right now just know that I’ve listened to the approximately 90-hour audio version of this at least 4 times in 2 years, and I don’t regret it. Beyond Cronin’s great storytelling, Scott Brick is the perfect narrator. He does such a great job that it’s easy to forget he’s there. I’ve even picked up other audiobooks just because he’s narrating.

Along with the audiobooks, I’ve also purchased 2 copies of the paperbacks (one was a gift) so I’ll always have them. ‘Flyers,’ the story is so good! Don’t take my word for it.

Also, this is slated for a tv deal so read them now. We all know what Hollywood does to books.

Here’s a link to the Kindle version full set or get two of these books free with a free Audible trial. Another option would be to get one for now and different book you’ve been eyeing! I’ll explain how and why I got hooked on audiobooks in another post. My situation aside, audiobooks are great for car rides and when you’re busy with mindless activity. Perfect time to get an extra book or two in!

The Passage has a 4.04-star rating on Goodreads, The Twelve has 3.99, and City of Mirrors has a 4.2-star average.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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A friend of mine lent me this book around high school graduation under the simple condition it must be returned to him because it had to be passed on. I can never thank him enough for that. Four simple principles changed my perspective on nearly everything. This book of ancient Toltec wisdom is a must read for everyone, regardless of faith or lack thereof. The non-theological “agreements” (rules of living) are truly life-changing. It’s simple, easy to follow, and only 168 pages. You’ve got almost nothing to lose! I try to read it once a year and have bought this book more times than I can count to give copies to friends.

I always have my own and hope those friends loan their copies out as well. It’s important. If everyone followed these rules we’d live in a much better world.

There are other books in the series (including the companion workbook that’s also totally worth the time!) but reading and following the principles outlined in this book alone WILL improve your life. Bet me.

The Four Agreements has a 4.13-star rating on Goodreads.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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This is another incredibly long but worthwhile book. It begins when the moon suddenly shatters into bits and humanity discovers they’ve only got a short period of time to evacuate the planet if the species is to survive. Naturally, only so many people can leave the planet and there are only so many places they can go… It’s constant conflict with characters you’ll root for and against throughout the whole saga. Maybe it should’ve been written into a trilogy but that’s another post.

Though some reviewers weren’t fond of the lengthy explanations of things like orbital mechanics, I like the extra geek factor this book brings to the party. It’s a great story and the audiobook version (after the first or second listen) is a pretty mellow thing to put on when it’s time to go to sleep for the night. This might explain some of my wilder dreams but those too have been novel-worthy.

Seveneves has a 3.98-star rating on Goodreads.

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

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If you’re unfamiliar with the name Chuck Palahniuk, you’ve been following the first rule of Fight Club pretty well. Now it’s time to stop. This novel is my favorite of his and he’s my favorite so I guess it’s my favorite. 😉 Prior to that, my #1 (contemporary, of course!) was Choke.

There isn’t much I can say about Rant without spoiling the story but he breaks every rule he comes across, gets himself bitten by poisonous and rabid animals to feel alive, would do ANYTHING for his mother, and can tell a girl’s cholesterol level by kissing her… and it gets so much weirder… Sci-fi isn’t Palahniuk’s typical neck of the woods but his characters and narrative are meticulously constructed and the story is truly fantastic. My first two reads were fun but basically to figure out what the Hell happened – everything after that has just been to relive the ride.

Rant has a 3.82-star rating on Goodreads.

What books do you love so much you’re willing to trade your precious life’s time to read again and again? Let me know in the comments. I’ll put down a few of my more traditional favorites there too!

12 thoughts on “6 Books Worth Rereading

  1. The passage is a book i’ve considered rereading again, knowing that i’ll find little details i missed before on the first run.
    I’m a bookaholic, fond of fantasy to a degree that i’d read to four to five books a week, but most times, i’m on that 95% group.
    now that i’m getting ready to launch my own book, however, my reading time has shrunk to – well, non existent for the past couple months. so much to do – aside from day to day life, i haven’t read a single book in ages.
    I’ve also never read any of the other four books mentioned above. but if i were to pick a book i think i’d pick chronicle of the one by nora roberts. i’m a fan, and this is the first book i haven’t read as soon as publication .
    Great post.

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    1. Thanks! Have you read the trilogy or just the first book? I haven’t read Nora Roberts in a long time but I remember liking a few of her books.
      It’s definitely hard to keep up with reading while writing… I got stuck on my wip and started reading while I shelved it. When I have a big project going I only read for research, which is still kind of a lot, but I totally get what you mean!
      Now I have to scour your blog to find out about your book! 🙂

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      1. I’ve started on the second book, read about a third of the way, but i liked the characters of the first book,, and although what i read was interesting, i felt like he just jumped too far back and forth – if you know what i mean. anyway, i didn’t dislike it, but at the time i was reading it, i wanted to keep on going where the story left on the first book and that’s not what the second offered, so i picked something else – i think it was a court of thorns and roses.
        nora is one of my favorite authors. i have read more than 150 of her books and i love them all.
        you’re welcome any time on my blog

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  2. I am 100% a re-reader. I have a problem. I love to re-read my favorite books and always have. The only book(s) on here I’ve heard of are the ones by Justin Cronin. I own The Passage and have never read it! Now you’ve really got me intrigued. I picked it up not even knowing what it was about. Actually I think it was a kindle sale. Anyway, I love vampires and had no idea that was what this series was about!! I’m definitely going to be pushing this series up on my list now! Thank you! 😊

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    1. The three books together are about 90 hours. Scott Brick and Neil Gaiman are two of the only narrators I *have* to listen to at 1x so I’ve spent a good part of my life on that series!

      It’s also so great that I’m afraid to review it. Like, I couldn’t possibly do it justice. A lot of books I read are like this. That’s why I’ve only really reviewed ARCs – though I’ve picked some great ones! I’m kind of new at the whole thing too.
      (I might have to read the trilogy again soon to take notes for my eventual review though… 😉)

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      1. You are doing great with the ARC reviews, so I am sure that any book review you write will be 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

        If you want to ask me anything, tweet/DM me. I am not an expert or anything, but I have been doing this for about 4 years.

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