Okay, so, I wasn’t even tagged in this! And it’s from a tagging thing that was happening in the Spring, so now that it’s the Summer, it’s obviously over.
Will I let either of those details stop me from doing it? NOPE! 😛
Tagging anyone that wants to do it (’cause it’s old, lol).
1) THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER by Calvin Demmer
I’m vocal about the things I like, and Calvin Demmer as a writer is one of these things – if you haven’t read this collection of flash fiction, you need to. It’s so, so good. I was blown away by it the first time I read it, and I’d love to have that experience again.
2) THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES by John Boyne
I picked this one randomly from a Book of the Month box last year, and started it on a whim – and then couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about it, from the characters to the writing. It made me laugh, it made me cry. I’ll probably reread it again soon, or just something else by Boyne, ’cause I can’t imagine his excellent writing extends to this book only.
3) NIGHT SHIFT by Stephen King
My favorite collection by King, and I love the variety! Horror, sci-fi, fantasy – it’s got a little bit of everything. I’ve read it so many times that it’s hard to even choose favorites from it, so I wish I could go back to it as a blank slate for the first time.
4) A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay
I love books with endings I didn’t see coming, and this is one of them. I own everything Tremblay’s published so far, and he’s definitely someone I’d consider a favorite.
5) I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid
Again, twist endings – when done well, I fucking love them! This one I’d love to read again not knowing where it’s going, but I will say it’s almost better upon the reread, ’cause there’s so much more depth to it the second time around. It’s short enough to just read back-to-back, too, like I did. 😉 Go for it!
6) EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
I love this whole series, but the ideas presented in this first book are just so good. The doorways, the kids, the worlds! I love everything about it, and am so excited for the next one coming out early next year. I’m planning a reread of the first 4 books in the series soon – while it’s not the very first time all over, they’ll still be great!
7) BONES by Andrew Cull
Another collection by one of my favorite writers. Cull blends emotion with horror so well, I love all of these stories and my only complaint is that I didn’t have 50 more to read. I wish I could experience these all over again, not knowing how heartbreaking some of them will be. He’s coming out with a new novel soon and from what I’ve read, it’s amazing – I can’t wait to get my hands on the physical copy!
8) TITHE by Holly Black
This is one from my teen years that I’ve loved for ages and can’t imagine ever being sick of. I’ve reread it more times than I can count, and they just released a new edition of the whole series and, of course, I had to get it. I remember reading it for the first time, and how amazed I was by the faerie world Black built. I want to go back to that!
9) SPELLBOUND by Christopher Pike
My first Pike book! Sort of like Tithe, when I finished this one, I was opened up to a whole new world. I think a combination of Pike’s scarier books and King’s earlier work spawned my love of reading horror, and Spellbound was one of Pike’s scariest for me. The weird creature freaked me out! I wanted to read everything else he’d ever written after finishing this one, and I’m almost there now, 20+ years later! 😛
10) HARRY POTTER (Series) by JK Rowling
Okay, I’m sort of cheating on this, but how could I leave this one out? I love Harry Potter more than almost anything else, and I’ve read the series in its entirety so many times that I almost can’t remember where each book stops and the next one begins. I love the characters and feel closer to them than some of my own friends and family ’cause I grew up with them and have known them for two decades. But revisiting the series as a HP-virgin? That’d be pretty rad, and I wish I could experience it, even if only to see which house I’d relate to the most now, and how much I love it compared to now.
Do you have any of the same ones on your list?