Ten books I could re-read forever

At By Singing Light, Maureen has this post: Ten books I could re-read forever.

It’s a great topic! Also, I could easily steal three or four of Maureen’s books for my own similar list:

1. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
2. Queen of Atollia by MWT
3. The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy by Martha Wells

Big enthusiastic YES ME TOO to all of those.

I loved several of her other picks but I’m not sure I would re-read them very often. In ten or twenty years, sure, probably. Maybe. Some stories are so powerful I will probably walk in a wide circle around them for decades before I re-read them. (Elizabeth Wein, I’m looking at you.) Others I don’t expect I will ever re-read. (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrill. Once was enough.)

I certainly could fill out my own top ten list, though! No problem with that — except preventing the list from turning into a top twenty list. Luckily it is easy to cheat by declaring that “other books by this author too” is a thing.

In the order in which titles (or series) occur to me:

4. The Touchstone trilogy by AKH

5. The Foreigner series by CJC

6. The Vorkosigan series

7. A Beacon at Alexandria (and others by Gillian Bradshaw)

8. The Book of Atrix Wolfe (and others by Patricia McKillip)

9. The Taltos series by Brust (except Teckla)

10. The Goblin Emperor. I don’t know why it took me so long to think of it, but it’s definitely a book I will re-read forever.

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6 thoughts on “Ten books I could re-read forever”

  1. Patricia Briggs
    Ilona Andrews
    Tamora Pierce (Tortall)
    Holly Black’s fairy books
    Scorpio Races (Stiefvater)
    The Queen’s Thief series (MWT)
    Wen Spencer’s Elfhome series

    This doubles as my stress reading list…

  2. Totally agree on the Ile-Rien trilogy by MW; also her Books of the Raksura. YES to LMB’s Vorkosigan and the first two books in her Five Gods series. YES to CJC’s Foreigner series and Steven Brust’s Taltos (also except Teckla, he must have been having an off day when he wrote that). Also The Goblin Emperor and don’t forget your own House of Shadows. Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana, Tanya Huff’s The Silvered and Confederation series. Also The Hobbit and LOTR books, Helen Lowe’s Wall of Night series. I agree with you on Jonathan Strange etc – took me two tries before I hunkered down but once is enough. Must look at your other choices, this is a great place to discover new books!

  3. I keep thinking of re-reading The Scorpio Races and not quite getting to it. I definitely will one of these days; it’s definitely my favorite of Stiefvater’s titles, even more than the Raven Boys quadrilogy.

    The Raksura books, definitely. Don’t know why I didn’t think of them. For LMB, I would add not just the first two Five Gods books but the last two Sharing Knife books.

    I’ve never actually read Huff’s The Silvered. Now I think I’d better put that on my one-day-for-sure TBR list.

    I actually listened to JSandMN and wow is that a project. I think the audio version is like 35 hours long or so. I listened to it while weeding, mostly. But audio is so slow compared to reading-reading that the experience probably contributed to a definite non-desire to ever pick it up again.

    Thanks for mentioning House of Shadows! I hope you like the sequel as well when I bring it out later this year.

  4. I still haven’t read JS&MN. I’ve tried a few times, gotten 100 pages in, and just still didn’t care what happened to any of the characters and decided there’s too many other books I’d rather read. It gets such raves from people whose tastes usually overlap well with mine, but it’s just not my thing, I guess. The same thing happens each time I read China Mieville.

  5. I think I was fortunate my first Mieville was The City and The City. Since I like murder mysteries, that one served as a good intro for me. Then the other one of his I’ve actually liked quite a bit was Railsea. I’ve read two others of his and … eh … I read them all the way through, but they weren’t really my thing.

  6. Tortall, certain books by Eric Flint, Liaden Universe, some books by Stephanie Burgis, Ile Rien stories, some Bujold…
    There are other books that just blew me away in quality, and which I remember very well. Yet they are so powerful that rereads just don’t seem to work.

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