How did it get so late so soon?

So it’s already November. I’ve already booked flights back to my mother’s house. I’ve given my work my month’s notice (just to be nice – as a casual staff member I actually only had to give a day’s notice), I’ve given my new/old boss my start date, and I’m started to replenish my funds so that I can pay to have my clothes and books moved the day before I fly out. Uni ends on Friday and then that’s it for twelve months.

Everything is ending, and so everything is infinitely more stressful. Maybe that’s why I’ve been waking up at 6.30 every morning. Not that I get out of bed or anything. I try to go back to sleep for another hour but it never works. So I end up catching up on my emails. Because of this, I barely have time to read the books on my TBR list, let alone reread any of my old favourites. The Broke and the Bookish has given me the opportunity to list all of the books I’d reread if I had an infinite amount of time on my hands:


  1. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. If you guys aren’t familiar with the series: it’s been around for about a decade before it was turned into a TV show (Starz in the US, Soho in Australia). Anyway, the latest book in the series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, came out earlier this year. Each of the books in this series is upward of 700 pages, with one of them clearing 1000 pages, and I have a policy of rereading a series before I read the latest instalment. Which means that I need to set aside about two months to re-read the preceding books, before I can get into the newest book.
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I love the movies, I love Jennifer Lawrence, and Peeta is just such a beautiful man. But I only ever read the books once. Hopefully I can reread the books before the last Mockingjay movie.
  3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. It’s been years since I read these books and I feel like this should be a crime punishable by forcibly taking my books away from me. Harry Potter got me into reading in the first place. Without Harry, Ron, and Hermione I may not have discovered any of the other amazing worlds that I have in my reading life.
  4. Anything by Neil Gaiman. I need to read these books again. And again. And again. Just to really appreciate the genius of them.
  5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Will Herondale. ‘Nuff said.
  6. The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I was so sucked in by the story that I think I missed some stuff. Plus, I want to take a better look at the writing style. I think I had a few issues with it, but the story was so awesome that I ignored them. Witches (sorry, Casters) were such a nice change of pace from vampires and werewolves.
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book is simply genius. Everything about it is amazing and it is one of the very few books that can make me cry. If you haven’t read this book yet, change that. Immediately.
  8. Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth. I loved this book. And it’s Aussie! Well, kinda. And I really want to revisit it.
  9. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz. Moskowitz is younger than me and infinitely more talented. This story is so fresh and original that I just want to read it again to soak up Moskowitz’s talent.
  10. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. The last book in the Bloodlines series comes out next year, but I would absolutely love to reread the series where it all began. It was how vampire YA should have been: vampires who were actually vampires. None of that sparkly shit.

What about you? Which books would you love to reread if you had the time/space in your reading schedule?


About Bec Graham

Bec Graham, 24, was born on the wrong continent. Everything from her burns-like-paper skin tone to her inability to cope with the slightest hint of a hot day suggests she should have been born under the gloomy skies and mild sun of the UK. She hopes writing will get her to her rightful home one day. Failing that, she scans the skies for a spinning blue police box, hoping to catch a lift back to the motherland.
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17 Responses to How did it get so late so soon?

  1. jan says:

    one hundred years of solitude by gabriel marquez. =)

    • Bec Graham says:

      There’s a book I should add to my TBR list!

      • jan says:

        sorry, but what does TBR mean?

        to be read?

        lol. acronyms these days… i’m getting old. i need to catch up! lol.

      • Bec Graham says:

        oh, yeah, TBR = to be read. And don’t even worry about it! I’ve had to look up so many acronyms these days! I only use TBR so much because I didn’t know what it meant about a year ago. This way, I’ll never forget!
        And the whole “bae” thing? I thought it was an acronym I’d missed!

      • jan says:

        hahaha. that bae word. not exactly my favorite hype word. i find its meaning lost with the loss of even just a couple of letters. but that’s just me, though. (read: old. lol.)

        so, yeah, one hundred years of solitude. definitely a must-read! =)

      • Bec Graham says:

        I hate “bae”. I honestly thought it was a typo the first time I read it. I wish i were. Next thing you know, it’ll be in the Oxford Dictionary alongside “Selfie” and “jeggings”. Oh, what happened to the English language?

        And it has now been added! I’ll have time to read it eventually. (Hopefully!)

      • jan says:

        i hope to read your review of it once you do.

        see you around wordpress!

  2. I’m not a re-reader at all but some of the books on your list I would like to give another go, particularly, the Outlander series. I only read the first one but think I’d like to go back for more. I was watching some interviews lately by Diana Gabaldon on YouTube and her thoughts on the writing process are very helpful.

    • Bec Graham says:

      Gabaldon’s tips on writing are amazing. And I love that her tips are specific, rather than vague. Her tips for writing love scenes were great!
      The Outlander series is phenomenal. Gabaldaom weaves history, fantasy, romance, awesome characters, and a brilliant plot all into one coherent 700+ page package!

  3. bornandread says:

    Oh man, I’m too intimidated to tackle the rest of the Outlander series the first time around, never mind rereading those suckers!

  4. HOLLY says:

    I think I’m going to make a goal for 2015 to read more Neil Gaiman. I’ve only read Stardust, the Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Fortunately, the Milk (audiobook), but I’ve really loved them all. Are there any of his other novels that you would recommend I start with?

    • Bec Graham says:

      I haven’t read Stardust, but i have the audiobook. It is my life’s ambition to own everything that that man has ever written, including his anthologies.
      Honestly, I’d recommend Neverwhere. It was my first Gaiman and I’ve been hooked ever since. American Gods is simply…awesome, in the traditional meaning of the word, but it may be a bit heavy. The storyline is incredibly dense and convoluted. After Neverwhere breaks you in, then go for American Gods 🙂

  5. Really wonderful books listed here, I would totally read The Book Thief, VA series, and Harry Potter & Hunger Games if I could, just to feel those same emotions again.

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