Adventures in Writing: Favorite Book to Reread

What book could you read over and over again?

Adventures in Writing

So Many Books, So Little Time

And yet, there have been books in my reading past that I simply pick up and reread. It’s not just because a series came out with a new book, either. It’s because there’s something magical about the characters and the writing and how, even during a third or fourth trip through the book, I get sucked back inside this fictional universe.

Kusheline Saga – Jacqueline Carey

Kusheil's Dart Cover

I have read Phedre no Delauney’s life story several times. Each time a new book came out and again when I needed to escape my unwanted reality, then another time because I wanted to experience it all over again.

It was such pleasure walking in a world where angels are in touch with the characters. While loving, they’re also challenging. It was difficult for me to get through the book rescuing Imriel. I didn’t like the angels abandoning Phedre when she said she wouldn’t, couldn’t, do it. I do read it again anyway, knowing everything works out in the end.

Seeing Joscelin make his choices over and over kept me reading, too. I wanted things to work out for these two opposing forces. Yes, I consider them opposing forces. Some might say star-crossed lovers. While Phedre and Joscelin are powerful together, they’re also quite capable on their own.

Vampire Academy Series – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy Cover
Vampire Academy Cover

Not only did I read the original series, I continued reading Sydney Sage’s series. And yes, I’ve reread the series for each new book but also because the love story between Rose and Dimitri is so damn good.

Knowing the lengths Rose goes to when protecting her friend tells me just how far she’s willing to go when she falls in love with Dimitri.

And while the movie wasn’t great, the single season on netflix gave me those warm fuzzies.

Skye O’Malley by Beatrice Small

Skye O'Malley Cover
Skye O’Malley Cover

I have reread this particular title many times over the years. It’s one of my all-time favorite rereads.

There’s writing about strong women, and then there’s Skye O’Malley. I first read this book as a teenager. Yes, there is abuse in the book. And incest. And just desserts. And instalove. And eternal love.

Seeing Skye and Niall find each other again is *mwah* chef’s kiss.

Confession: this book is the first in a series. In fact, you meet the heroine (if I recall correctly) for the second book in this one. I read the second book, but none of the others (if they even exist, I can’t remember if there are more. Skye is BAE.)

The Hollows Saga by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking Cover
Dead Witch Walking Cover

While not entirely thrilled with the last… three(?) books I’m still in love with Kisten. I mean the Hollows Saga. #RIPKisten

When I first started reading them, I kept yelling at Rachel to quit whining. I enjoyed the series, though. Rachel overcame a lot. Lately, the books feel… empty? Trying too hard?

I feel like the series could have stayed finished. In the latest, I kept sighing. I finished it though. Quickly.

I’ll forever be pissed that Kisten died. There’s no going back on that.

The List Goes On

I could keep you here with all the books I’ve reread over the years, but I won’t.

Look at your own bookshelf. Look at Kindle and see what characters drew you into their world and held you hostage more than once. Then dig into the nuances and the nitty gritty to write your own books to grip readers the same way.

What did you love? What did you hate? What do you feel could’ve been done better?

Your Turn

Share tour favorite rereads in the comments! My TBR is digital, so it won’t topple and kill me… yet.

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