I’m having a great reading year. Truly read – I’ve read 90 books easily on track for my goal of 100. I’m participating in the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, and I’ve completed 19/24. I’m not certain I’ll complete the final categories (I’ve attempted at least one book in each), but I’ve definitely stretched my reading comfort zone this year.
I struggled at the midyear point to limit myself to my favorite 10 books read over 6 months. Seriously, I have read some awesome books this year and across so many genres that I have books to recommend to anyone who asks for one. Some years I struggle to come up with 10 books at the end of the year.
Over the past month I’ve been feeling like I was missing something in my reading and yesterday I think I figured out what it was. Every other year I read 1-3 books that grip me to the point that I IMMEDIATELY reread them. I finish the last page and then start over (or read books 2 and 3 and then start the series over). The books that do this for me aren’t always the quote/unquote BEST books, but I emotional invest so completely that I’m not ready to leave them behind. I read the first three books of Twilight through three times in a row before coming up for air (the final books wasn’t out yet).
Here are the books that have been immediate rereads for me since 2011 (when I started tracking my reading).
I’ve had a few books come really close to that this year. I read Daughter of the Forest earlier this year and just now reread it. And I read/listened to Jane Eyre about a month ago. I went back and listened to some of the parts I read. But nothing has made me immediately restart the same book in it’s entirety, and I’m missing that feeling.