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Recently I asked Ana what books she wanted to revisit from years past. She also turned my question around on me, which I think we can all agree is against at least five international treaties of question-asking, but it made me start thinking.

I visited my reading history to sheets to see what I could find. But what I discovered is: there's a lot of books I would like to re-read and it's been a long time I allowed myself indulgent re-reads in prose work (I've re-read One Piece to various points multiple times because I love crying over inanimate objects and tragic, bittersweet backstories). Maybe 2017 would be a good time to ~reminisce~ book wise.

cover for The House of the Scorpioncover for Clockwork Heartcover of The Knife of Never Letting Go

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer — I read this years and years ago and I remember being pretty confused by everything until the end, when I decided I liked it. From today's perspective, I remember the big reveal and literally nothing else, so I'm curious about this one based on what I know about the end.

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti — I loved this when I first read it. It was steampunk with a mystery, a romance, and the world building was great. There was maybe a potential love triangle? But this was before my resignation about my ability to enjoy love triangles. This was recently released again and now it has sequels, which I will definitely need to read the first book again to follow up on. I was excited about the sequels before, but they weren't out yet and then they fell off my radar.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness — This novel is like being punched repeatedly and it doesn't stop and then at the end the person punching you shoves you off a large cliff. I have this whole series and want to finish, but I'm really interested in seeing how I feel about this first novel, which I tore through in six hours the first time.

cover for Tender Morselscover for Boneshakercover for Chime

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan — Here's another gut-wrenching novel that is...basically about rape! That is what my brain remembers the most, but it also has a really nice story about family that I was to revisit. But yeah, this is Dark, which I guess makes sense because of the fairytale vibe.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest — This is the steampunk novel with the mom as the hero! I talked about this recently and when I was browsing my reading history sheets it caught my eye and reminded me. Plus, there are even more books in this series now and some of them look super neat. My memory tells me this actually managed to hit the steam part and the punk part, but it's been awhile, so we'll see!

Chime by Franny Billingsley — I didn't have the words to talk about this novel back when I read it, because it was so gutting and personally familiar and heartbreaking. I know there's a big reveal in this one, too, but I also remember a lot of pointed, quiet moment with such incisive writing it felt like the author had crawled into my head. Definitely one to re-read.

cover for The Forever Warcover for The Sparrowcover for The House of Leaves

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman — I read this book the first time with a grudge against the world, and the book did not fair well. I was looking for things to pick on and found them in spades. This is one of those books I want to go back to and give a fair shake. It's not Joe Haldeman's fault life is a butt.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell — ahahahaha I read most of this (enough to count it as finished, because I skipped to the end) but was unable to make it through the whole thing. I do want to make it through the whole thing because my partner just read it and I want to talk to him about it. But ow. Ow.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski — This book is a monster and it's the first book that utterly terrified me. I read this when my partner worked late and so I would turn all the lights in the apartment on while reading it. This book fucked me up, but I'm curious if it could manage it a second time.

cover of God's Warcover of The Whitefire Crossingcover of Fortune's Pawn

God's War by Kameron Hurley — I have this whole series, but to read the second and third books I need a refresher on the first because I can remember the characters and the resolution but not the politics and state of the world. This is another brutal book (why do I want to go back to all the DARK books?) but I am determined to finish this series.

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer — I have a complicated relationship with this one, but last year the final book in the series came out and I realized once I saw the size I would likely need a refresher. When I saw it on my list, I was like, I wonder how I would approach it now, with distance and knowledge about the rest of the series?

Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach — This was the first book in a series that felt super fast, possibly because they came out in quick succession? I didn't like that the feminism felt pasted on, but otherwise the book was good, including the head-thumping romance (these kids!). Plus, there are battle suits!! And I would probably need to re-read this to re-read the second and third books, because I remember the third book 0%.

cover for The Goblin Emperorcover for Linesmancover for The Android's Dream

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — This novel was perfect. I loved it and it made me so happy and warm and fuzzy. I haven't had a chance to re-read it because I have to focus on it due to the language, but I really, really want to. If a book can feel like a hug, this book definitely does that for me.

Linesman by S.K. Dunstall — This one confused the hell out of me. But now! NOW I have survived Ninefox Gambit, and if I can survive Ninefox Gambit, I can go back to Linesman and grok what's going on better, which I really regretted not being able to do the first time.

The Android's Dream by John Scalzi — This is the Scalzi novel I think is most under-rated because his Old Man's War series gets more play because it's traditional military science fiction (with comedy!), or Redshirts is quirky and philosophical and won a Hugo, or Lock-In, with its neat protagonist trick, etc. But I remember this self-contained little jaunt as a super fun, light ride, and when it was over I was like, "Wow, that was great." Not that I would say no to a sequel. *sends happy, inspiring sequel thoughts toward John Scalzi*

There are a lot of other things I could list here. I want to re-read the October Daye series to see all the things I missed, I want to re-read Black Wolves before the second book comes out, and I have tons of first books in series to re-read before I can finish them, beyond what I mentioned here. But looking back over my reading history I feel like it's pretty great; wanting to re-read things is a sign you're picking great books that may stand up to a second reading.

I want to tag people but the people I want to tag might be like, "renay no" so I will skip it. But I'm super interested to hear what books people would like to re-read and why!

Date: 2016-10-31 10:39 am (UTC)
transcendancing: Darren Hayes quote "Life is for leading, for not people pleasing" (Default)
From: [personal profile] transcendancing
I really want to actually do my Vorkosigan re-read, and I want to reread the Becky Chambers' novels *already* because I loved them so. There are probably others but that's what's on my mind right now :)

Date: 2016-11-01 01:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transcendancing
:D It is not without issues (nothing is as well know) but I love it so, it's deeply embedded as comfort reading for me.

You could read the first book as part of the 100 unique authors project you're doing if there's still time for you to do that in the end of year rush? But, it will be there still waiting for you regardless <3

Date: 2016-11-01 03:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
The Vorkosigan books all stand alone quite well, so if you just want to pick one that looks interesting and dive in, there's no reason not to. You'll miss some nuances from earlier books, but anything really important is recapped. I read them in totally random order, and there are a few I still haven't gotten around to. (And may not, because most of them are the earlier books, and now that I've become acquainted with Adult!Miles, I'm not so sure I want to revisit his prolonged-adolescent-rebellion phase.)

Date: 2016-10-31 02:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zachariah
I'd also like to do a Vorkosigan saga re-read, but my fear is I'd get to the same point I stopped last time and quit again.

Date: 2016-10-31 05:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] owlmoose
Just out of curiosity, how far did you get?

Date: 2016-11-01 02:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zachariah
I read Cordelia's Honor and Young Miles in paperback, and started another one (not sure which) in ebook but failed out because reading ebooks doesn't work well for me unless I'm traveling. I'd probably get farther by checking out what we don't have from the library.

Date: 2016-11-01 02:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transcendancing
Good luck with this if you decide to pick it up again. I'm one of those who find ebooks amazing, but totally get that it's not right for a whole lot of people :)

Date: 2016-11-01 01:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transcendancing
I'm also curious about this - I was planning to do it with others and we got busy.

Date: 2016-11-01 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zachariah
See above. And if you haven't read any of them, at least read Cordelia's Honor.

Edit: scratch that, just saw your other comment. Whoops!
Edited Date: 2016-11-01 02:17 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-01 02:51 am (UTC)
transcendancing: Darren Hayes quote "Life is for leading, for not people pleasing" (Default)
From: [personal profile] transcendancing
All good! :)

Date: 2016-10-31 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've read The Sparrow at least twice, but would certainly reread it again.
I just finished Becky Chambers A Closed and Common Orbit and now want to reread The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, and then reread Orbit as well. Loved it so much.

Mary Gentle's Ash I loved when I first read it. I think it was the first great fantasy epic I read that had a female protagonist, author, and all that that brought up.

I'd certainly reread anything by Margo Lanagan as well. I might try a couple of her short stories, I loved Singing My Sister down when I read it, and the one about the elephants, can't remember the title.

Anything by Alan Garner is presumably makes for a great reread experience.

Date: 2016-10-31 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whoa, wait, did I know this about you? You have read The Knife of Never Letting Go but not the sequels? I mean, that is a valid life choice because the sequels are ROUGH and The Ask and the Answer is particularly rough. I think when I finished it I described the sensation of reading it as "like being hit by a bus but in a good way," which I think we can agree is not a real thing. HUH, I am fascinated. HUH.

Date: 2016-11-01 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zachariah
Has...has Matt read more of this series than you? XD

Date: 2016-11-01 03:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Heh. When I read The Goblin Emperor, I basically didn't STOP reading it for 3 months. I'd get to the end and then dive right back in at the beginning, and I didn't want to read anything else. I must have read it at least 15 times. And then I went looking for the fanfic...

I should probably re-read the first Changed World trilogy (by S.M. Stirling) and see if knowing about How Things Come Out later in the series affects any of my reactions.


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