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Top Ten SF/F Books I Would Reread Ideally

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Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

I don’t reread as a general rule. It is both because book blogging makes me already overwhelmed with all the things, but mostly because my favorite thing about books, and speculative fiction in particular, is the discovery of new worlds, no matter how similar or dissimilar they are from our own as long as there is some magic or technology for me to figure out. Rereading a book would therefore be silly because I’ve already discovered that world, so what’s the appeal? However, there are some that I can legitimately see myself listening to on audio, for example, because I want to revisit and remember the world and characters; they are THAT AMAZING! ;-)

Why aren’t these characters real people?!?!?!

Silverblind Hounded White Cat 

  1. Silverblind – I LOVE DORIE! Dorie and I would be best buds if I could transport myself to her world and we would collect rare mythological specimens together and do SCIENCE! Also, her friends are all great too so I hope they’d let me into the cool kids club >.>.
  2. Hounded – And by people, I mean dogs. Don’t get me wrong, Atticus is fine, but his Irish Wolfhound Oberon completely steals the show. I need myself a talking, smart, extremely long-lived Irish Wolfhound STAT. But really it has to be Oberon because he is hilarious and loyal and so so so so sweet! <3
  3. White Cat – I might have a crush on Cassel >.>. I don’t generally fall for book guys, but I just like his personality so much in the whole conman family, but just trying to do the right thing while being pretty mischievous. I won’t steal him though, I just want to be buds :).
  4. Pennyroyal Academy – The main character doesn’t have a name but ends up being called Evie and for reasons I can’t tell you, I want to be her best friend forever! She’s awesome though, seriously >.>.

Writing like chocolate to my mind

Shadow Scale The Name of the Wind Cruel Beauty

  1. Shadow Scale – I realize that I’m a horrible person for getting to read this so early and already complaining about wanting to reread it, but OMG! Seraphina and I would also be buds, for the record, but the real stand-out part of Shadow Scale for me was how I wanted to just completely wrap myself up in Hartman’s writing and never leave.
  2. The Name of the Wind – I actually have already bought the audiobook of this in preparation for the very necessary rereading once book three is finally being published. I got to listen to Rothfuss talk about his writing process and he explained that he is a compulsive editor, which makes a whole lot of sense. Every word of these books blows my mind.
  3. Cruel Beauty – There is actually a complete overlap in this category of amazing worlds I never want to leave, coincidence? I think not! The world of Cruel Beauty left me in awe and the writing soothed my soul while also ripping apart my heart *pets copy*.

Just makes me so happy!


  1. Elantris – This is my favorite Sanderson book and it is also his debut, which shows a bit in the writing, but the premise rocks my socks and I have so many memories of inexplicable happiness reading this book, even when I had a migraine!
  2. Dealing with Dragons – I don’t really need to explain this right? This series is SO FUNNY and messes with all the classic fantasy tropes, as you can tell with the princess on the cover staring down that dragon ;-).
  3. Magic Marks the Spot – This book frequently made me laugh out loud literally and just generally put me in a ridiculously good mood. If I ever find myself in a reading slump, I think these three will be the solution because they remind me what I love so much about reading :D.

There you have it! The books that I would reread if I ever find myself with a desire to reread. I might actually end up rereading several of these because they have excellent audiobook versions that sound like too much fun to miss out on ;-). What are your favorite books to reread or if you are a mutant like me, what would you theoretically reread if you had to? ;-)
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings


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  1. The Name of the Wind audiobook is wonderful! I listened to it as a reread earlier this year :) And, shockingly, that is the only book from your list that I have read :)
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  2. Awesome post. I know about one or two from each little subject by-line. That’s good enough, right? I’m still in with the cool kids, right? They all sound really great though. Too many books, so little time.
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  3. YES to every character from Dealing With Dragons, especially Cimorene and Morwen. Love those ladies to pieces! Plus, how awesome would it be to have that wardrobe that could give you any type of clothing you want? Not to mention that insane library. And having Oberon around wouldn’t be terrible, as long as you had some French Poodles to pacify him! ;)
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    • HAHA, I’ve always felt vaguely uncomfortable with Atticus bribing Oberon with French Poodles since I anthropomorphize it too much I think >.>

  4. I want to re-read White Cat too! I have some others that I need to re-read the first two books to finish the third, like the Girl of Fire and Thorns.
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  5. Oberon is a riot, such a great character.

    I love re-reading books; it’s like spending time with friends and I almost always find something I missed the last time I read it.
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    • That’s the one thing that I wish I got from rereading is picking up more details. I get that with shows when I rewatch, but for some reason the appeal just isn’t there as much for rereading, maybe because I remember too much? I think I’m broken D:

  6. This may be the first top ten sci-fi list I’ve seen where I haven’t read any of the books. Looks like it’s time to add a few books to my list. Thanks for the share these look fantastic.
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  7. What a great twist on this list! I had never thought of replacing a reread by a relisten… Made me think of the Dresden Files which are narrated by James “Spike” Marsters. I could totally see myself going back and listening to the series in audiobook form. Thanks!
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    • Yes, I loved the first two Dresden books that I listened to :D It seems like a great way to revisit old favorites in a new light :)

  8. Yes, Cruel Beauty is amazing! I saw the cover for the author’s upcoming novel, and it matches with this one and is equally gorgeous. Def getting them in hardback heh.

    Lovely list! <33
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    • Yes, I’m so excited for the new one :D I love that the whole standalones with matching covers is becoming a thing in fantasy now too :D

  9. I’ve heard good things about the Enchanted Forest books, should read those. And Very Nearly Honorable- I remember when that came out, but somehow never got around to reading it. That looks like fun. :)
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  10. Ashley Christy says:

    I cannot wait for Shadow Scale. I’m so glad to see you loved it so much!

    Also, I am glad to see Rothfuss on here. I haven’t read his books, but I have listened to this one and the sequel. I really enjoyed the narrator. The only thing about listening, is in the beginning of NotW, it got a little dry when he was doing all the religion/mythology. Other than that, it was a GREAT listen. I am planning to reread both closer to the release of book 3.

    • Awesome to hear about NotW’s narration! I don’t even remember the religion info in the beginning, it’s been that long since I read it D:

      • Ashley Christy says:

        He wasn’t the absolute BEST narrator I’ve ever had, but he was definitely pretty good.

        I don’t know that listening when you already know the story will have the same problems I did when I listened the first time. One, I listened at work, and I worked overnight, so the block of exposition just put me to sleep. I think that was more MY problem than a problem with the writing/narration.

  11. Those all look like great books though I’ve only read 4 of them!
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  12. Great list! I’m actually currently listening to The Name of Wind on audiobook. It’s coming slowly, but I”m loving it. :D My TTT Post
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  13. Oh boy. The only book I’ve read on your list is Elantris. I MEAN THAT’S NICE AND ALL, since it is one of my favorite Sanderson novel (but I’m also reading Warbreaker right now and loving it!).

    I do have to read Seraphina and also White Cat :D :D
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  14. This is an amazing list and I’m afraid to say I haven’t actually read any of them! My to-read list just got a whole lot longer xD Also, how on earth did you get a copy of Shadow Scale already?! So jealous!
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    • I’m buds with a bookseller who let me borrow a copy that her pub rep sent her, and yes, I feel ridiculously fortunate to have a friend who would lend me such a copy! ;-)

  15. I would reread Hounded–such a fun book. I do reread though :) I haven’t let blogging stop me in that!
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  16. I’m a HUGE rereader myself, but since blogging, I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to the task…hopefully soon heh

    All wonderful picks here Anya…and also (almost) all books I still need to read! Yikes. The only one I’ve read here is Magic Marks the Spot! Seraphina is a tbr soon though…especially with the second book coming out so soon! Elantris I imagine getting into once I finish Hero of Ages, which I’m reading atm. Pennyroyal Academy, White Cat, Dealing with Dragons and Cruel Beauty are all high priority too xD
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  17. I’m not much of a rereader either – I was before book blogging because I hadn’t discovered all the books yet! What’s sad is that you just listed all these books you would consider rereading and I haven’t read a single one! I need to step it up!!
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  18. Heehee! You had me laughing about Shadow Scale! I still need to read Seraphina, so I can’t justify any envy just yet! ;)

    Great picks!

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  19. All of these books look so good and I haven’t read any of them! I’ve owned Dealing with Dragons for years but somehow never read it! Ooh books to get me out of a slump, just what I needed. I reread books all of the time, I get stuck and read one series over and over. I don’t even know how many times I’ve read / listened to Harry Potter.
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    • Dealing with Dragons is like Harry Potter to me in some ways, since it has more humor, it appeals to my inner fantasy nerd more ;-)

  20. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I can’t wait for Shadow Scale. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, and I will be re-reading Seraphina before I get my copy of Shadow Scale.
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  21. In ideal world I would have time to re-read Brandon Sanderson’s book every five years. :)
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    • Only every five years??????? In an ideal world I’d reread Sanderson every month :D Can you make a career out of that do you think?? >.>

  22. Sounds like great reasons to reread! I think I tend to reread more along the characters/happy lines. The writing can be amazing, but if I don’t like the characters or story *cough Cruel Beauty cough*, I probably won’t be revisiting. Great list! And I’m glad you liked White Cat so much. :)
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  23. I know what you mean about re-reading not being as magical. I love discovering new worlds through speculative fiction as well. For me, at least, I don’t fully grasp the nuances of the specific worlds on the first reading, and I gain a better appreciation of the story’s world on another go.
    Shadow Scale, The Name of the Wind, and Cruel Beauty are all books that I need to read for the first time – soon, hopefully!
    I’m not sure I ever read the Enchanted Forest books. But I’ve located them at my library, so one day they’re going to go home with me. :)
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    • That is a really good point, I definitely miss/forget the details after the first read no matter what, though that’s a reason to love sequels because then I remember and find out more, hehe, can I just always have sequels??

      Enchanted Forest series is so much fun! You’ll tear through them in an afternoon easily :D

  24. Oooooh, I want to read The Name Of The Wind! I’m guessing you highly recommend it?

    I’m not much of a re-reader myself, mainly because my TBR pile is getting out of hand and continues to grow. But I’ve been contemplating re-reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” (which I LOVE!) and a classic I read in high school, Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.” Neither are sci-fi or fantasy, but reading outside your preferred genres once in a while can be a breath of fresh air.
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  25. I actually have read Name of the Wind twice. Reread it last vacation =) I would totally read Dealing with Dragons again, or better yet, listen to it!
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    • Oo that would be a great vacation read! I read it the first time in college and was a little stressed about Kvothe’s school troubles on top of my own, haha!

  26. I think all of my answers are scifi/fantasy except one. I should have put Cruel Beauty on mine! UGH!
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