It is only natural that you as a person will like some things more than others. Maybe you like couscous but not rice. Bright pink but not pastel pink. Burritos but not tacos (in which case you are wrong but I will accept your wrongness with grace). You get my point. However, today I tried an old favorite (marinated mushrooms) for the first time in years and I just didn’t like them anymore. Big sad.
The same is true with books. Even if you read books with similar themes there will be some stories you like more than others. Along that vein, I got to wondering if the books I loved in the past would still be favorites for me today.
So, long term project time!
I have made a list of my past favorite books, ones that I’ve read a year or longer ago, and my intention is to reread these books and see if I still love them. Now, this could be fraught with perilous peril. What if I have loving feelings towards a past title but I reread it and it turns out I just don’t care for it anymore? Well, that would be fine. Why? Because as people we grow and change as we collect more life experiences. It wouldn’t mean that past me was wrong, it just would mean that current me doesn’t share the same views as past me. That’s okay.
I’m going to share my list of past favorite books with you here and, as time goes and I read them, I’ll do an update post about each book. Pretty simple, right?
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- Invictus by Ryan Graudin
- Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Once & Future by Capetta and McCarthy
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
- A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Bitterblue Kristin Cashore
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
- Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
- Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
- Enchantee by Gita Trelease
- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
- The City of Brass by S.A. Charkraborty
- The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith
- The Tale of Hilltop Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
- Jackaby by William Ritter
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
- The Raven Tower Ann Leckie
- The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
This is definitely going to be a long term project but I am curious to learn if past Amanda’s favorite reads still tickle the same fancy in current me.
Have you ever gone back to read past favorites and found you just didn’t like them anymore or do they remain favorites for you?
Happy reading! 🖤