Do or do not. There is no try!

This week over at the Broke and Bookish this week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread in an ideal world – an ideal world being – I suddenly discover the secret of:

  • suspending time whilst I read;
  • reading so quickly that it only takes the length of time to casually flip the pages to read the book!;
  • becoming so filthy rich that I never have to lift a finger again and can focus solely on reading – i.e. no work, no housework, no garden, no dog walking and no cooking – I think I’d probably get bored though – I know these things are time consuming but they make life more enjoyable (well chores not so much!!)
  • reading a book whilst listening to another book at the same time; or
  • not being so damn greedy and wanting all the books even when I know I can’t possibly read them!

Anyway, without further ado I would check the following out again:

  1. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – just because Alexander!!  Well, not JUST because of him – it’s a really good story, I love the setting (it’s in Russia) and the period is incredibly interesting to read about.  Seriously though – check out the cover below and tell me would you really considering picking up this book with that cover?
  2. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon – just because Jamie.  Okay, again, not JUST because of Jamie.  This is a great series of books (although I haven’t read them all).  I love history combined with fantasy not to mention travel back through time.
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – because it’s so brilliant.  I really need to reread it.  I really need to reread The Wise Man’s Fear as well!!  Just such great writing it should be read and reread and then some more.
  4. The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence-  I would love to reread the first three Jorg books.  They’re so clever I would love to go back – especially as I practically raced to the end of each instalment!
  5. City of Stairs by Robert Bennett – such fantastic world building, plot, characters – in fact all round brilliance!  I would like to read this just to savour it a little.
  6. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – I have already read this 2 or 3 times – one more time couldn’t hurt now could it!
  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – this was one of my teenage girl books – I would love to figure out how I feel about it now!
  8. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I loved this book when I first read it and I’m just curious to see whether I’d still feel the same.
  9. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – this was my first Gaiman book.  I would like to reread and try to capture that lovely happy feeling when you’re so satisfied with a book and realise you’ve found yourself a new favourite author.
  10. All of Scott Lynch’s books – just because JEAN TANNEN!  That is all.  Don’t bother to judge me – I have no shame whatsoever.  Lalalalala…

23 Responses to “Do or do not. There is no try!”

  1. Genki Jason

    Jean Tannen… The obsession never ends…

    Reading so quickly that it’s all done in a flash is a common sight in superhero/sci-fi movies like Lucy. I always wonder how much enjoyment a person can derive from doing something like that. Sometimes I remember the exact circumstances surrounding me when I was reading – commute by train to uni, wrapped up in a dressing gown at Christmas with hot chocolate etc. Also, what about the feel of a book?

    How about having an independent right hand that could read while you were asleep?

    The idea of re-reading books rarely crosses my mind because there is so much new content to read, so many films to watch, and so many other things to do. When I do re-read a book or re-watch a film, that means I love it enough to do so!

    As far as books go, Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, and Tsutomu Nihei are the authors I revisit most often.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know (le sigh!.
      The thing is when I’m reading a really gripping book I’m torn between wanting to race to the end and savour and enjoy it. Racing to the end usually wins, and, like you said rereading – why? Too many other books. I used to reread more than I do now – I think I had a romantic notion of reading a book so much that I could just pick it up and read a favourite and well worn chapter!! The thing is though – I have countless movies that I can re-watch over and over and over again! It’s really weird, they’re usually no brainers that I can put on when I’m doing something a bit dull like ironing – Harry Potter (not the 1st one!) but pretty much any of the others. Or like natural disaster movies – it’s not that they’re particularly brilliant films but I find them easy, like background noise – Twister, Dante’s Peak (I know, you’re probably groaning!)
      OMG – somebody has to develop something so that you can read in your sleep – reading and sleeping my two favourite things!
      I watched The Wind Rises. It was a good film. Not sure I liked it as much as others like My Neighbour/Howls/Ponyo. It’s quite beautifully done, a lot of attention to detail and a love story surrounded by a lot of history. I guess my favourite films are the ones with a fantasy element to them.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Genki Jason

    The video should have been this one!

  3. kim @ A Fictional Universe

    Lies of Locke Lamora, Name of the Wind and Prince of Thornes are all read, but City of Stairs is not read. It looks really interesting. It is even a nominee for goodreads best fantasy of 2014. Its added to my to read list.

    • lynnsbooks

      City of Stairs is absolutely brilliant. I can’t even ‘big it up’ enough. Really an excellent book.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Nathan

    I allow myself a couple of a rereads each year. City of Stairs is one I will certainly read again. I actually have read the first two Lynch books several times but I discovered them before blogging so that explains that.

    • lynnsbooks

      Funnily enough I have reread the first two Lynch books!! I could read them again though. City of Stairs I would really like to read again. Such a lot going on I think I could do with a proper immersing in the story.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I actually have reread The Secret History several times (but that was before I started blogging) and it’s still a very special book. My wish is the same as yours: to be able to read much much more each day and not have to do the boring stuff! If only…

    • lynnsbooks

      I love that book. And, yes, lets find a way to cut out the boring stuff – or read in our sleep – that sounds like something out of a sci fi book doesn’t it – somebody needs to invent a gadget to enable that to happen. Now!
      Lynn 😀

  6. paperbackwanderings

    I’ve been wanting to pick up Rebecca for years! It always comes up on “If you like Outlander, you might like…” lists. I read Gone With the Wind a few years ago, and it took me quite awhile to get through it; I honestly can’t see myself re-reading it. I’d be interested to see what you’d think about it if you read it again as an adult.

    • lynnsbooks

      Rebecca is just an awesome book. I can’t recommend it enough. Daphne du Maurier has a lovely writing style and I really enjoy quite a few of her books. Jamaica Inn is also really good and My Cousin Rachel but Rebecca really has a special place for me.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    I would like to read Rebecca too. I borrowed a copy for my first read so I really need to treat myself to my own copy I think 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I read my dad’s – it was four stories in one volume – My Cousin Rachel, Frenchman’s Creek and Jamaica Inn – all really good.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Joey @ anotherafterthought

    If you are able to master the sorcery that is reading a book while listening to an audiobook…you must share your findings with the world (or perhaps, sell your findings–I’m sure it is a get rich quick scheme). Also, yes to Gaiman and Neverwhere!

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • lynnsbooks

      I really like Jason’s idea of discovering reading in your dreams – that would be worth inventing!!!! Reading and sleeping!!! Plus, defo to getting rich quick.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Yep, some great books on that list. I relistened to both The Name of the Wind and Lies of Locke Lamora on audiobook this year and loved it!!

    • lynnsbooks

      I admit that I’ve reread the Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas – and LoTR/The Hobbit. I enjoyed all of them and it was interesting to see how I felt about them now – particularly in terms of LoTR. I really would like to reread both Rothfuss – I think I’ll need a reread before the next instalment as I’ve forgotten loads of what happened!
      Lynn 😀

  10. Michael

    I’ve found that audio is a good way to re-read things. I’m already familiar with the story, so if I miss something I know whether or not it’s worth going back for it or I can just continue listening. Plus it helps distract me a bit while exercising but not so much that I stop paying attention to everything going on around me.

    And you’ve got some nice books on here that I need to read for the first time. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      That is quite a good idea. I don’t really use audio books because my concentration wanders but that might be better with a reread. I wouldn’t mind listening to Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book for example!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I wish I could do rereads. Maybe it’s a good thing that there aren’t many books I would, even if I had the time, as most good books I love I remember pretty much everything about them anyway 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      I used to do rereads more when I was younger but that was before I found my reading niche – plus, I suppose I couldn’t afford as many books so reread the ones I really liked! (Although I’ve always been a library user since being a very young girl!) Lucky you with your good memory. My memory is okay but I’m terrible with names.
      Lynn 😀

  12. caitlinstern

    I read fairly quickly, but there’s no point to speed reading for enjoyment, I think. Still, I love to reread, even when I don’t really have time for it, because the new books tempt me a great deal, too.

    • lynnsbooks

      I can’t speed read to be honest! I like to read the book well if I’m going to read it at all and if I’m not enjoying it I’d sooner put it down. The speed I read depends on the type of book really – some just take a lot more thought and attention – and they’re usually the chunky books as well!
      Lynn 😀

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