Thursday, January 27, 2022

Thursday 13--Books that I Love to Re-Read

This started as a response to a question on last Sunday's Sunday Stealing.  I realized it would make a great list of 13.  As I said in that post, I love re-reading books.  My OCD brain really finds it soothing.  I can honestly say, some of the books on this list I have read over a 100 times since I first picked them up (Dune, Shogun, Tigana, and Green Darkness).  I've actually had to buy several on this list on Kindle because I read my hard copies to shreds.  My list is mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction.  It's what I love. 

1.  Dune by Frank Herbert.  A classic.  My love of worldbuilding came from this book I think.  The depth of this book is so profound.  The recent movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve comes really close to telling the story the way the author would have wanted it told I think. 

2.  Five-Twelfths of Heaven, Silence in Solitude, and The Empress of Earth by Melissa Scott.  I got this as a Science Fiction Book Club all-in-one back in like 1986 or something, and I literally read it to pieces.  It’s now sadly out of print, but hallelujah, it has been published on Kindle.  So now I can re-read to my hearts content.

3.  All of Guy Gavriel Kay’s works.  My favorites of his books are known as the Sarantine Mosaic.  They are Sailing to Sarantium, Lord of Emperors, The Last Light of the Sun, The Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, and my ultimate favorite, Tigana.  I also love his Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy, The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road.  You can explore his work at Bright Weavings.

4.  Andy Weir’s books:  Artemis, Project Hail Mary, and The Martian.  Of these, The Martian is my favorite, with Artemis running a close second.  The Martian was made into a fantastic movie starring Matt Damon.

5.  Green Darkness by Anya Seton (I have be re-reading this since I was 9, swear, and it’s a huge book), a wonderful gothic novel set both in the swinging 60s and the Tudor period.  The Tudor period part is meticulously researched, and sparked my love of all things Tudor.

6.  The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (a story of the early life of Katherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII of England)

7.  Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge (a story of the life of Hatshepsut, the only female pharoah)

8.  Hild by Nicola Griffith (a story of a Hild of Whitby, a significant figure in Anglo-Saxon Britain)

9.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  This one takes the vampire myth and turns it into a wonderful and moody mystery story that travels all through Europe. 

10.  Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.  I’ll call this one cyberpunk light.  It’s a fun read, and the author actually coined the oft-mentioned these days term “metaverse”. 

11.  Shogun, by James Clavell.  I’ve been re-reading this amazing book also since I was 9.  When I was 7 or 8, my parents joined The Literary Guild and Book of the Month Clubs.  We had permission to read whatever was on the shelves.  My parents were (Mom still is) avid readers, and so were my brother and I.  They never limited us to kids books, which was really cool.  This was made into the first ever "mini-series" on TV starring Richard Chamberlain and many famous Japanese actors.  It's dated now, and I would LOVE to see a reboot of this as a short series. 

12.  The Shining by Stephen King.  While Kubrick’s movie is a masterpiece, so is the book for other reasons.  The topiary animals in the book are MUCH scarier than the hedge maze in the movie.

13.  The Expanse Series by James S. A. Corey.  Fun fact, this series is actually authored by two authors, and James S. A. Corey is their pen name.  They are Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, and they live here in New Mexico, in Albuquerque.  I’ve got all ten books, and still need to read the last one, just published before Christmas.  I re-read the first 3 the most.  They are space opera at it’s finest, world building at it’s finest, and just all around great books.  I also have several novellas set in this universe on my kindle…my favorite is The Churn, the backstory of one of my favorite characters.  This was made into a great 6 season TV show by SyFy Channel.  It got cancelled about season 3, and Amazon Prime picked it up and made the rest.  I’m sad that it’s over. 


  1. This gives me a great list of books to check out. I've read the Shining, and enjoyed it. I agree, the topiary is much scarier than the maze. Fortunately, it was included in the 1997 miniseries. I strongly preferred that one to the 1980 movie.

  2. That's a great list of books! I will add many of these to my wish list.

  3. What a fun list. Not my usual genres but I might try some.

  4. I don't tend to read books more than once, unless it's a a children's book and to children. But I have seen a few movies twice that I saw so long ago that I forgot them.

  5. I've been rereading since the pandemic began. I guess revisiting favorites has been comforting.