Reread Tag

Hello all, it’s time for my favourite type of content which is “take a tag Zezee has done and do it“. This one is the Reread Tag and as some of you classy-ass mofos that read here might know, I reread to a slightly absurd degree so I have to do it. The Reread Tag was created by Brianna at Brianna’s Books and Randomness so credit to her and of course Zezee (I hope you had an acceptable Christmas without rum cake).

Now let’s get this bingo show on the road.

A CHILDHOOD FAVOURITE THAT YOU COULD READ 100 TIMES AND STILL LOVE

Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (trans Anthea Bell)

There’s a lot of things I could put here. Redwall. Sam the Cat Detective. Fantastic Mr Fox. Lord of the Rings. Yes, I am bragging. However I went with Asterix as there’s genuinely not a single time or mood I am not down for reading Asterix. His adventures are eternally fun and Anthea Bell’s work as a translator here is quite simply astounding.

A BOOK YOU DNF’D BUT WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE A SECOND CHANCE TO

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Look, I love this book. I unabashedly love what it does in its storytelling, its characterisation, its celebration of a time when Christian, Muslim, and Jew were more or less on the same page in medieval Europe. But it goes on for a really long time and one day I just decided I’d got all the enjoyment I was going to get out of it, so I put it down. But one of these days I should really see the whole thing through, right?

A NEWER FAVORITE YOU WOULD REREAD

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Some of you might know I’m planning to read two hundred books this year. This is the planned number two hundred itself. I only found it last year, but I found it absolutely perfect, and I’m expecting to do so again.

A BOOK YOU HATED AND NEVER WANT TO READ AGAIN

The Herald-Spy Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

For some reason I got it into my head I’d finish the entire Valdemar series in homage to Mercedes Lackey’s vision and what not. She didn’t change the genre but she wrote a lot of fun books that mean plenty to many. This was a horrendous mistake as I finished this trilogy more critical of her than I’d ever been; her authorial ideas couldn’t have been further of my idea of fun if they’d opened a toothbrush shop in Slough. Why Slough? Google Slough John Betjemann.

A CLASSIC YOU READ IN SCHOOL BUT WANT TO TRY AGAIN

The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

I don’t remember much about this book, but something about it’s descriptions of Siberia and the emotional impact of being exiled and finding unwilling a new life has stuck with me. I keep considering tracking this one down. Honourable mention to Of Mice and Men, but I remember that well and truth to tell it’s a bit of a downer, innit.

AN AUTHOR YOU WOULD REREAD ANYTHING FROM

TERRY PRATCHETT

Yes I copy-pasted that whole bit from Zezee. Zezee knows what’s up. It’s not that I can reread Pratchett endlessly, it’s that I do. At a rough guess, better than in 1 in 20 books read by me this year were by Pratchett. That’s just standard for me. I read most Discworlds about once every four years minimum (save Eric because even the best make mistakes) and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.

A SERIES YOU WANT TO REREAD FOR THE FUN OF IT

The Rigante Series by David Gemmell

This was a bit tricky for me as I’m like your grandmother when it comes to Christmas gifts when it comes to rereading; if I wanted it, I’ve already got it. Which means I’m kinda of engaged in rereads of most of my favourite series recently or have done so recently. Thankfully, it’s been a while a while since I’ve visited the land of the Rigante, and I’m itching to do that as these books are enthralling in a bloody, implacable way.

A BOOK YOU’VE READ BUT WANT TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK

The idea of listening to a book for pleasure is completely alien to me. My brain doesn’t want to take in that much spoken information for fun. I’d rather eat three day old gas-station sushi that’s been stored up a horse’s vagina.

Yes, I could have not shared that mental image with you, but I did. I’m sorry, but not sorry enough.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed yourself until those last few sentences! Consider yourself tagged if you want and if not, let me know what you think in the comments!

8 thoughts on “Reread Tag

  1. 🤣🤣 Had me cracking up through this entire thing. I take it you must really hate audiobooks then, lol.
    I sent an SOS to my cousin to save my rum-cake-loving soul, so she’ll send me a small cake later this week. In the meantime, I have a small slice from my sister to keep me going until then. The holiday season is saved. It was a close one. 😊

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    1. My brain just doesn’t like taking in spoken information without accompanying images and I love music too much to turn it off. It’s just not a great option to me.

      Also that right there is a good family.

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  2. The idea of re-reading things regularly when I have so many new things waiting for me is almost as alien to me as the idea of audiobooks. I don’t think I’d join you in the sentiment of preferring to eat three-day old sushi stored up the you-know-where though.

    I mean… I’ve re-read things before. But not often and not in a while now. I also suppose though, that when reading 200 books in a year is a feasible target for you, this becomes much less of an issue! 😉

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    1. It’s a strong sentiment. I’d be alarmed if many people joined me there over much.

      I also totally get the preference for something new… for me, there’s a few books I love, and the rest. I like finding new stuff to love, but reading the books I love is always a big priority for me.

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  3. Aww, Asterix — couldn’t agree more. (I feel the same about Tintin comics as well.) Your thoughts on Chalion (about which we’ve chatted before) and the GGK book are spot on too. This is a very neat book tag.

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