Back in January I mentioned my love of rereading and some of the books I planned to reread this year. It has been 2 months since that post I have already reread 4 of the 7 books on that post.
Honestly I just can’t help myself. I get a book in my head, a book that I loved, and I can’t get it out of my system until I’ve read it again. And sometimes that doesn’t even work. I’ll Meet You There is an example. There are many times someone will say the name Josh and I immediately want to reread that gorgeous book. Truthfully, I just reread it and I want to do it again already (so if you haven’t read it, do it for me please!)
Since it is only March and I have read 4 of the 7 on my original list, I figured I should add a few more to go with the original 3 that are left:
The Sea of Tranquility: This is one of my favorite NAish books. The characters and the story break my heart but I love it all the same.
Something Like Normal: When ever I reread I’ll Meet You There I feel the need to read about Travis and Harper all over again. This Trish Doller book is one of my favorites.
What Happens Next: I still think this book is one of the most underrated books I have ever read. It is so great and it makes me sad that fewer and fewer people talk about it. Corey Livingston is the best!
Froi of the Exiles: Ah, the book that almost wasn’t. Probably my favorite books in the Lumatere Chronicles. When I reread this beast it will be on audio because the audio is fantastic.
The Program: I recently just did a post on why you should read this series. I finished The Adjustment not that long ago and I feel like I want to read all the books now. Stay tuned in the fall for when I plan to do a readalong.
What books do you think you will reread? Have you read any of these?
I have a “rule”, I don’t write reviews for books I’m reading again if I have already reviewed it. I have never re-reviewed Anna and the French Kiss or Parallel or Twenty Boy Summer. I leave my original reviews as they were and hold on to my love. But since I am trying to show the beauty of the reread I figured I could point out some of the things
Last week I mentioned I was rereading A Court of Mist and Fury. I finished it this weekend and it was just as amazing as it was the first time. The thing about rereads is you always learn something new or have a new way of appreciating the book and the characters and the author. That is part of the magic of rereading and what made my ACOMAF reading experience so much better.
- I devoured it this time: When I read ACOMAF in May of 2016 It took me two weeks. Granted I was in Mexico for one of those weeks, but I felt like I read it super slow so I could take it all in. This time I was done in a week. Actually it would have been sooner but life interrupted some reading time.
- The more you know: Like a movie that you have already seen, you find all new things when you know how it is going to play out. While I was reading ACOMAF I noticed a lot more than I did the first time. I noticed things characters said and things that seemed to be mentioned in passing but really meant something else.
- Focus on the characters: This time I was able to really focus on the characters and the stories attached to them. The first read I basically focused on the story trying to see where it was going to go and how it effected what I thought I knew from book 1. This time I was actually able to look at each character and feel for them and understand them.
- Places: Another thing I really got to have a better understanding for was the settings. In a first read they are kind of just there, in the foreground. But this time I actually realized that the settings and places are characters in the book. They mean just as much as Feyre, Rhysand, Tamlin and the others. They are essential to feeling a sense of security and I didn’t realize that last may.
Honestly I walked away from ACOMAF feeling better about it than I did the first time I read it and I truly loved it then. It just became more powerful and epic after a reread and got me excited for book 3.
What do you learn when you read a book for the second time?
I’m sure by now you have noticed I’m a fan of the reread. I feel like it is an underappreciated art form. I know we all have a ton of books we want to read or are excited to read, but sometimes you just need to read that book that just made you feel things. Or that book you can’t get out of your head. Sometimes you just need the comfort of the known inside of the wonder if you will be disappointed in a book. I’m a fan of the reread and I plan to reread a lot this year, not because I have to for a challenge (I’m not doing any challenges this year) but because it is something that is important to me.
What books do I plan to reread this year? Well since you asked:
Anna and the French Kiss: I actually already reread this on January 1st and 2nd. It was my 13th read since it has come out. I may actually read it again this year.
A Court of Mist and Fury: I’m currently rereading this one. I started it on audio and then I couldn’t get it out of my head so I went all in. Yes I am insane to reread a 600+ page book but I love it so much.
All in Pieces: One of my FAVORITE reads of 2016. In fact I have already read it twice, and that was before it was even out. There is something about it that just connects with me.
Free to Fall: Last year I read Lauren’s Parallel again (FAVE!) so this year I want to tackle Free to Fall again. I just love her writing so much.
The Lies About Truth (Goodreads): I have been meaning to read this again so I can review it and I haven’t done it yet. This year it happens. This book was so good!
I’ll Meet You There: By far my favorite Heather Demetrios book. I’m kind of obsessed with Josh and Skylar and how everything unfolds for them.
All Our Yesterdays: Since Cristin Terrill has a new book coming out soonish it is about time I revist the book that made me fall in love with time travel books.
Those 7 are just a sample of what I want to reread. I hope to reread at least 12 books, one for each month, but we’ll see how it goes.
Do you have a go to reread? Do you reread books?
PS. Here is my post on how to add rereads to Goodreads. It has been a challenge life saver for me.