We’ve all been there—sitting in a train, or drinking coffee at a coffee shop, or lying in bed at 3 AM not knowing what to do with yourself because you’ve just finished reading the ~greatest book of all time~ and you’re contemplating if it’s a good idea to dive right back into it by turning to the very first page. According to us: it’s a very good idea. Read on for 12 books that should definitely be on your re-read list, and we’ll tell you exactly why.
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
If I Stay author Gayle Forman is back with a powerful display of empathy and friendship told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives. You’ll fall in love with the characters so much that you’ll want to read it all over again and re-live it as soon as you finish!
People Like Us by Dana Mele
After Kay Donovan finds a girl’s body in the lake of her elite prep school, she quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems and no one is safe. This psychological thriller will have you turning pages faster than ever, as you race to solve the puzzle before Kay does….which makes it the perfect book to re-read to find the clues all over again!
The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
Told in the naïve voice of a homeless girl sheltered by her mother from the world, this is one that you’ll want to go back to the very beginning after you’ve finished reading, ‘cause who doesn’t love making themselves cry.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Tbh, if you don’t feel like you need to reread this after the first time, you’re lying to yourself. (Just kidding…maybe). This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love. (So, basically, we’re aren’t kidding.)
Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
It’s always fun to reread a mystery—you can always catch all those subtle clues. So when Callie’s determined to prove that Tess, her now dead sister, was something far more important than a saint, her investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for.
The Merciless Series by Danielle Vega
If you love feeling scared (or if you love to hate it) you’re going to want to reread these books. This series is filled with suspense and terror on every page. It’s a real mind-blowing experience, making you question the goodness in all of us.
One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
This book is a real reread with its rich psychological twists, powerful moments of hope, despair, and confusion. It’s emotionally compelling and an immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.
When I am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
A killer who does not feel guilty for what he’s done. That’s it. That’s all we’ll say to convince you that you should reread this always.
Actually, just kidding. This is a gripping story of survival. A smart, dark, and twisty read about sacrifices and the difficult decisions one has to make in order to live.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Told in alternate perspectives, this radiant, award-winning novel will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—probably all at the same time. Need I say more?
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
A murderer as a ruler of a kingdom, and a girl from a small town seeking revenge. This read will have you at the edge of your seat the first time, and probably the second… and the third… and the fourth… and the….
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
*Cue Rihanna’s We Found Love* This book is filled with that life-or-death adventure, and with that slow burning romance, we’re sure everyone loves. It’s no surprise, really, that we think you should reread this a million times after you’ve finished the first time.
City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
A true reread! This is a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller of a girl trying to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death, and her plan for vengeance. This read will sure keep you on your toes regardless of all the times you’ll reread it.
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