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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Reread

Today’s challenge from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is books we might want to reread. Which is funny, because this January it’s #VintageSciFi month and I was planning on delving into my somewhat extensive library and digging out a few sci-fi books to reread. But when it comes to murder-mysteries or thrillers? Hmm, I don’t know about you, but my wish list is as long as now until eternity so there’s not much chance of me actually rereading anything any time soon.

That said, I can tell you about 10 books I would love to have time to reread, and those include in no particular order:

  • BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny — yes, I know, another Louise Penny, but hey, she’s one of my favourite authors. And I love this one not because it’s a riveting story, but because it is set here, in the beautiful city where I live: Québec City. And, it was the first Louise Penny book I ever read.
  • COLD STORAGE by David Koepp — this one will be one of those books I would enjoy rereading because of the characters, the situation with an outstandingly creepy opening, and one of the best throw away lines I’ve ever read in a book, “the deer just took the lift!” Very funny.
  • DEJA DEAD by Kathy Reichs — this was the first book by Kathy Reichs that I ever read, way back when, and started me reading her series. Back then the books were thicker, had more story depth, and had a whole other Temperance Brennan than emerges in later books. Back at the beginning she was still fighting her alcohol addiction, and was much more of an interesting character.
  • DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb — another great series by another talented author, writing about a female bounty hunter with plenty of grit, this is the book that started it all rolling. Like burnt rubber on the asphalt, this one leave the adrenaline pumping.
  • THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh — still my favourite and the first Eddie Flynn and, I believe, the first book by Steve Cavanagh. This one, like most of Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, is packed with clever twists, action, and devious villains. This one is fun, fast and will always have a small space on my nightstand.
  • THE DIME by Kathleen Kent — another first novel in a series that caught my attention because of a kick ass female detective, and a twisty, clever plot that grabbed me from the get go. Another well-written book that’s a fast, pounding read.
  • THE DRY by Jane Harper — not really a full-on series yet, nonetheless, THE DRY kicked off Harper’s rise to fame and if you read this one you will see why. Her writing, setting, sense of place and characters make for an outstanding read. So hot it made my skin blister!
  • RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic — like all of the above this is one I can read and read again because the author has crafted such a great character and put him in such a unique setting, that I read this one in just a couple of sittings. Another thorough well written series that needs shouting out about.
  • THE MISSING INFORMANT by Anders de la Motte — written by a Swedish ex-jurno, set in Sweden, featuring another super flawed but absorbing character delving into a very clever mystery that starts with a dead man, and then? Spirals into a huge cover-up and conspiracy with such a clever and twisted ending you will never see it coming.
  • A GRAVE TALENT by Laurie R. King — the first in the Kate Martinelli series from another skilled author with a talent for clever plots, artful mis-direction, and a character you are drawn too.

So there you have it, ten excellent reads that stayed with me long afterwards so much so I’m happy to say I would reread them in a heartbeat. And you? What books would we find on your list? Leave a comment and a link so we can find you.

18 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Reread

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    I hope you find the time to reread all of these books soon.

    My post.

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    I just read The Dry this past year and was so impressed! I’d definitely like to read more of her books. And I need to finally start the Louise Penny books — that’s a 2021 goal. 🙂

    • Alex

      Oh, I hope you do, Lisa. I loved The Dry but really enjoyed The Lost Man even better. And Louise Penny just gets better with each passing book. I feel like I could go visit Three Pines and meet all these people she writes about.

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    I’m not ready yet to reread books, there are still too many to read for the first time but I look forward to rereading Karin Slaughter novels, those were one of the first to fill my library.

    • Alex

      Oh, I know, I’m the same. If I had time, these are 3 that I would love to reread, Inge. But, as it stands, who has the time, right?

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    Wow, I haven’t read any of these! Great post, I’ll have to look these up 🙂

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    What? No City of Brass Alexandra??? LOL

    • Alex

      Ha! Ha! This is just my crime fiction list, Sophie, no fantasy and sci-fi here! That’s a whole other ball game. 😀

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    This sounds like a fun list of books to reread. I hope you can find the time in the next couple of years to do so!

    • Alex

      Maybe in the next couple of years, Deanna, then yes. But right now, my TBR pile is threatening to topple, so rereads will just have to wait.

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    Looks like we have some favorite mystery writers in common. Yay! Mystery/thrillers are actually the hardest genre for me to re-read since they’re kind of spoiled once you know whodunit. Of course, I also have a terrible memory, so if it’s been long enough I wouldn’t remember who the killer was anyway. LOL.

    Happy TTT!


    • Alex

      Oh, I know what you mean, Susan. There are some I could never reread, but all these had other elements to the stories, be it from setting or characters or both, that makes them a book you can reread again and again. Oh, and glad to know we share fav authors in common!

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    It’s awesome when you find books you want to reread. Hope you get the chance to love them again soon!

    • Alex

      Hi Brooke, yeah, it’s difficult given how many really good books come out every year to ever think of actually doing a reread. But slipping one in here or there is doable. These list are probably more a cerebral exercise that a possibility. 😀

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    It’s funny: as much as I think I’d like to reread a few old favorites every now and then, I’m constantly adding so many books to my TBR pile that I think I should get to them first. And great posts like your remind me that I seriously need to get to books like The Dry since it’s been waiting on my TBR pile patiently for so long.

    • Alex

      Oh, I know. It’s difficult as a reader and a reviewer to fit rereads in between an always growing TBR pile. But then, we all need to try get to those poor books left stranded in the TBR, seemingly always at the bottom, rather than do rereads. Right? 😉

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