Re-Reading by Morning Light, at Noon and by Moonlight (2014)

It’s that time of the year again. No, my Wicked Luvs, not time to “jingle ‘til you tingle.” That was last week. I’m referring to the glorious time in the season when we, geeky word lovers, start listing all the written yum we’ll read next year.
the joy of re-reading
My to-be-read mountain exists in a state of constant metamorphosis. Read, delight in a tale, add some more titles; that’s my motto. In the case of certain books, the words “and read again” are added to the end of the motto. That list is more stable. I reread books for very specific reasons:
   1. I love the story so much that I want the words to breed in my mind.
   2. I don’t particularly like the story, but find the writing style rather instructive.
   3. The book is well written and the plot rocks… but I hate the story. I want to know why!

Do you reread any books, my Wicked Luvs? Care to share the title(s) you will (or want to) re-read in 2014. What makes a story delicious enough to warrant a second, third, fourth, fifth… reading?

by Nora Roberts
- Morrigan’s Cross
- Dance of the Gods
- Valley of Silence

by Terry Pratchett
- The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld
- Thud!
- Snuff
- Dodger
Tiffany Aching Series
- The Wee Free Men
- A Hat Full of Sky
- Wintersmith
- I Shall Wear Midnight

by Robert Jordan
New Spring
- The Eye of the World
- The Great Hunt
- The Dragon Reborn
- The Shadow Rising
- The Fires of Heaven
- Lords of Chaos
- A Crown of Swords
- The Path of Daggers
Winter’s Heart
- Crossroads of Twilight
- Knife of Dreams

by Gabriel García Márquez
- No One Writes to the Colonel
- Memories of My Melancholic Whores
- Of Love and Other Demons
- Love in the Time of Cholera
- Cien años de soledad

by Neil Gaiman
- Stardust
- Neverwhere
- InterWorld
- Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry
- Fragile Things

more Story Yum
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Reckless by Cornelia Funke
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Love in Vein I by Poppy Z. Brite
- Love in Vein II by Poppy Z. Brite 
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- The Secret Garden by Gaiman and Pratchett
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler

Now, the winner of the Ax and Butterscotch necklace; you thought I forgot. Nope, I was just saving the Yummiest for last. The winner is… Ash-Lynn, from Witch Came First? Congrats! I so hope you love it. Please send your info to magalyguerrero (at) live (dot) com.
Write, Read, Dance, Live and Cackle!
That’s what I do…
and it’s good, wicked, good ;-)

click on the image if you’re curious about Re-Reading by Moonlight 2013


  1. OMG&G I won, really? WOW Thorn In Read has become my favorite guilty pleasure and I really won this beautiful necklace, I am so honored :)

    If it counts I reread Thorn about 6 times now and I did so because I love it, the story line rocks and so does the author :)

    1. I must confess that I squealed when I saw randomizer pull your name. I was telling myself, hm, Fate must be very proud of herself.

      Congrats, Ash-Lynn!

  2. oooow! I have some Nora Roberts that were sent me when recooping from surgery. Being very snobby I assumed they were soppy girly romance novels so didn't read them. Seeing the author on your lists makes me think I may have been mistaken :D XXX

    1. Nora Roberts is a great writer. Yes, she writes romance, and the lady has a way to make the tales so absolutely believable. I just started reading Dark Witch, and I'm doing it really slow so that it will last. LOL

      What titles did you get? The Circle Trilogy might be my favorites by her.

  3. The late Janet Kagan's Mirabile is my annual Solstice reread. I also get in the late Stig Larson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy annually. I just reread Geary's "A Different Witch" last night. On the first, I begin a series of studies with Jeffry Pierce.

    1. Can you believe that I haven't read The Millennium Trilogy? But I'm about to fix that. I'm adding Señor Stieg Larsson to my to-be-read mountain!

  4. Congratulations, Ash-Lynn!

    I am so flighty with my reads and re-reads. My list changes constantly. I am sure that like many of you, I usually have 3 or 4 or 9 books all going at the same time. Right now, that list goes from a Robert Hand Astrological text, to a Christopher Penczak "Temple of Witchcraft" volume with a re-read of Deborah Harkness' "Discovery of Witches" on the side; and "Almamia Cienfuegos" is always on my Kindle. And this is just the top of my current list. I won't even count the several books I use daily for research, or the Jeffrey Pierce books I use for personal study.

    1. I usually have three books going: paper version by my bedside, one on my Kindle and one on my iPod. But lately, I've been rather flighty, too! I'm reading five right now. *hehehe*

    2. Thank you, Eliora, and thank you for making such a beautiful necklace that so captures the book!!!

  5. I re-read the Jane Auel books every year. They are a too detailed for my normal readings, but I cant help but reading them over and over!

    1. Jacque, you are a terrible influence! Have you seen the size of my to-be-monstrosity? Now I've added six more novels to it. You should be ashamed of yourself! ;-D

  6. I hate it when the story sucks and the writing is good. It makes me angry that all that nice writing is wasted. That's a great reading list for 2014. Good luck with it! :) Happy New Year 2014!

    1. My heart is split when it comes to that kind of tale. I don't necessarily enjoy it, but they work wonderfully for researching style and techniques (I have a bit of a problem paying too much attention to the style of stories I love the first 3 or 4 times I read them lol). I hope your 2014 if full of wonderful colors! ;-)

  7. Top of my re-read is The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield. What's not to love about a book about books !!lol!! SO many quotes in this book that I love too. Here in the UK, the BBC have made a drama of said book which is showing tonight. I am itching to watch it and was oh so excited when I heard about it but, I also have reservations, as I don't want the casting of the characters to be wrong and therefore ruin the reading of the book as has happened with other novels/films/dramas.
    The Night Circus is on my to-read list and so I still have the pleasure of that yumminess to look forward to in 2014 although first will be Dianne Setterfield's new book Bellman and Black, that I have here on the table - it keeps whispering 'read me, read me' each time I go past it but I am resolved to wait until Jan 1st 2014 before I delve in!!

    1. I had no idea Diane Setterfield had written another book. I checked and checked for a while and then stopped, I guess. I squealed when I read you comment (and ran to get the book lol).

      You have to tell us all about the BBC showing of The Thirteenth Tale. I hope it's wonderful.

      We might end up reading Bellman and Black together. ;-)

  8. Sigh. It seems when I try to comment from my mobile devices the comments get lost in the ether. I'm trying from my laptop now. *stomps foot at being tethered* First of all that necklace is delicious. Congratulations to the winner! I'm more than a little envious. Secondly, that red box in the background is sexy. I must find one. And fourthly, shoot I lost count, I intend to finally read some Neil Gaiman this year. After reading your raves of his work and many others, I must make the time to enrich my life with his writing. I reread the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon every year, and discover something new each time. I never get tired of imagining that sexy highlander in a kilt. Yum!

    1. It seems that iPads and iPhones don't get along with Blogger; no idea why *sigh*

      I can't wait to hear what you have to say after you read American Gods and Anansi Boys... *giggles*. Neil Gaiman's writing is just so wonderful. I think you might love his wife's music, too.

      Now I'm having questionable thoughts with kilted men in them *hehehe*

    2. I forgot to say that I LOVE the hatbox, too! It was a present from a very special friend. ;-D

    3. I've just finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and loved it. Will definitely have to re-read it when I have quiet time just to myself. I'm HOOKED!

  9. I'm in the middle of reading that Witches' Book of the Dead I got. If I hadn't been having such a weirdo dark half of the year, I might be further along in it.

    I posted about that, and I need to email you this week. I'm going to have to return to Wordpress, but I'll tell you about that in they email. I think I'm glad that it's almost 2014. :)

    1. I better run to your blog to see what's going on. Waiting for you email!

  10. Not only do I procrastinate, willfully undisiplined, add commitment phobic so a list may come with maturity!
    Have 3 months worth and January's is complete and review and art is on my to-Do !! list.
    January - Dark Witch Nora Roberts ~
    Febuary - Alchemist - Paulo C?
    March - The Painted Girls - ? ( as seen on my blog post)

    Also a blossoming fab new author's work !

    As I read these wonderful. Comments, I see books I have Read / as I gather the wisdom of others, discovering wonderful tales , I must try very hard to find something I can pass on.
    Now I will pop over for the re-read list.....Which is a short list as reading , until now , is another's luxury lol
    This New Moon Year is all about ME! ( yeah right)
    Thank you for enlightening this reclusive duck! Happiest of New Years! xoDebi

    1. I'm extremely jealous because you get to read some books for the first time! I'm also excited because I've added several books to my list after reading comments from friends (I added Dark Witch because of you, and yum!).

      You sparkle in such a way, my Prudence!

  11. How rude of Me! Congratulations Ash-Lynn! A new charm for a New Moon , New Year! xoDebi

  12. You have chosen some nice books. Happy reading.

    1. Thanks a bunch, Lady Lilith!

  13. I need something new to read. I've re-read all my old books to death.

    1. Zombie books? My favorites! ;-D

  14. Congratulations to Ash-Lynn :)

    You have such a wonderful list of books to re-read.

    If I enjoy a book, I keep it to read another day, that way I always know which one to pick up, to feed my particular mood. If I've loved the book, I usually buy a copy in hardback to keep and treasure.

    When I'm down, I read anything by Poe. If I'm feeling lonely, I like romantic chick lit. Boredom draws me to James Herbert or Roald Dahl's Tales of The Unexpected. Sometimes I'm in the mood for humour and of course Terry Pratchett always hits the spot.

    Anything by Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett is worth re-reading, especially 'Good Omens' which they penned together.

    When re-reading books, it helps to have a bad memory, then it's like reading something new all over again! :)

    Have a happy new year dear Magaly :)

    1. Oh, and my daughter gave me a copy of the long awaited Bellman and Black.
      I hope it's as wonderful as The Thirteenth Tale (one of my most loved books) :)

    2. I love Good Omens! Have read it an almost embarrassing amount of times--twice last year *sigh*. But it's sooo good! You rarely get such talent together. I love the interview at the back of the book, too.

      I just ordered Bellman and Black after seeing it in your last post and in BookGirl's comment. I was dying for more from the lady.

      Happy 2014 to you and your girl. ;-)

    3. Thank You Winter Moon :)

  15. Hope you ring in the New Year with a blast Magaly or a good book.


    1. That sounds like a GREAT wish, so I'm sending it back times three!

  16. Happy Reading Magaly ;o) Congrats to the lucky winner ;o) Big Hugs ;o)