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Books I Need & Want to Re-Read

Before book blogging, I used to do a lot more re-reading. I had some staples, books that I loved and that made me feel good, that I would read once a year, or once every couple of years, including Harry Potter and the Sweep series. Now, however, there are so many books out there that a part of me can’t help but feel re-reading is a waste of my time, which is obviously ridiculous, as I’m not, like, trying to win a reading contest or anything; reading is something I do for enjoyment. But still.

In any case, the other reason I used to re-read a lot is that I have a really, really, really shoddy memory. If the book is packed with worldbuilding, as a lot of fantasy books are, that makes it even more likely that I will forget 90% of what’s going on. Given that most fantasy books are series, this becomes a problem, and it’s why I struggle to finish series unless I read them one right after the other.

Case in point: the following is a list of books I need to re-read just to be able to continue with the series. The list after that is books I really want to re-read soonish purely for enjoyment and also because they’re short and I’m certain I would get through them quickly. And finally, the last list will be books that I want to re-read at some point, also for enjoyment, but there’s no rush.


I Very Much Need to Re-Read These

Do you notice that these are ALL fantasy? The Traitor Baru Cormorant‘s sequel just came out this month, and while I remember the gist of it, I need to read it again to fully experience the sequel. The City of Brass‘s sequel comes out in January and all I remember is that I hardcore shipped two of the characters, but I’ve forgotten everything about the complex politics. Truthwitch and Monstress both have sequels sitting on my shelf, but I’m debating waiting for the whole series to finish before delving back in because they’re both pretty dense, worldbuilding wise. I have the first three books in The Diviners series on my Kindle, but I feel like I should wait for the fourth and final one? Queen of Blood and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are both done, so there’s nothing holding me back except myself, I guess.

I Would Very Much Enjoy Re-Reading These 

I have not read the sequel/companion to Simon yet, but I really just want to re-read the book purely for the joy of it. I read it in like a single night and I feel like I got through it too quickly. I wanna re-read it again knowing the big reveal. I read Saints and Misfits entirely on my phone, in ARC format, and even with that I adored it, so I want to re-read it as a book. The Beautiful Ones is one of my favorite books of all time, and I want to re-experience it’s gorgeous language more than anything else. When the Sea is Rising Red is an odd YA fantasy book that I remember adoring but don’t remember much else about. Dreams of Shreds and Tatters is a Lovecraftian horror type story and I feel like I would appreciate it and understand it way more now.

I Would Like to Re-Read These At Some Point 

I do remember I liked Uprooted, but I also remember that it was hard work to get through. As was Six of Crows and its sequel, actually. I adored The Shadowed Sun, one of Jemisin’s lesser known books, as well as The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, her debut, both of which I actually enjoy more than The Fifth Season, so I would like to read them again at some point. I read Kissing the Witch years ago and remember literally nothing about any of the stories in there. As for Pride and Prejudice, I read it in high school and remember that even then I enjoyed it, and my tastes have changed very much since then, especially regarding classics, so I really would like to read it again!


How do you guys feel about re-reading? Do you do a lot of it or are you too often seduced by brand new unread books like I am? What are the books you really want to re-read?

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Wrap-Up: October 2018

 

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater (★★★☆☆)
  • The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (★★★★★)
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (★★★☆☆)
  • Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer (★★★★★)
  • The Wicked Cometh  by Laura Carlin (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 80

As you can see, I was living my best aesthetic life this October! I read a good majority of the books on my TBR, all historical fiction/fantasy with the exception of The Raven Boys. I had some excellent reads, some middling reads, and one poor read, but overall I think this month has actually been a great success! The fact that I actually managed to read The Crimson Petal and the White in all its 800+ page glory…is astonishing to me, but I’m so glad I did, because I absolutely loved it.

So while at first glance this may not seem like a lot of reading, you must bear in mind that Crimson Petal took me nearly two weeks to finish! In general I feel like I stepped up my reading game this month in terms of quality.

I tried to savor October as much as I could, and yet I still feel like it’s flown by. I’ve enjoyed myself very much in terms of books – in fact I think a few of the books I read this month will be on my Best Of Year lists, which is fitting, given that October is my favorite month of the year. I’ve been watching some Netflix spooky specials, like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (LOVE IT) and Haunted (meh) while drinking maple tea, so I think I did a good job getting in the proper mood.

I am currently reading:

 

So I’m FINALLY getting around to reading Strange the Dreamer! Which is a high fantasy! For some strange reason I was under the impression that this was urban/portal fantasy. I am so much more excited for it now, and I was already excited! I’ve only read the prologue but I already love the writing and feel like this is going to be epic. And I think this is a good time to read it; it certainly feels like an autumnal/wintery read, plus I’ve been craving a solid high fantasy read. These Vicious Masks is yet another book set in Victorian London (I’m on a roll and I don’t want to stop) and so far it seems like light-hearted fluff and it’s quite fun!

I also managed to acquire e-ARCs of my actual most anticipated release of 2019: Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan!!! I am SO EXCITED to read this, you guys have no idea. I think I’ll read it in late November going into December, as it’s not going to be published until April! I also got an e-ARC of The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman, another anticipated release, which I hope to read around the same time, since it’s being published around the same time! (Also, both have gorgeous covers.)

In other news, #DVpit came and went and it was much more exhausting than I thought it would be! I had requests from about 22 agents, but in the end whittled it down to about 6 (some dream agents!), based on reputation and my own preferences. And now the wait begins! I’m trying not to think too hard about it and to just focus on other projects, but it’s difficult when I’m struggling to decide which of the six different projects fighting for dominance in my head will win. I like them all and they’re all at about the same stage of development, so I’m not sure which one to go with. At this point I’m just working on all of them at the same time, writing a bit in each, and seeing which one feels most developed. I don’t know if that’s a winning strategy, but it’s the only one I have.

Happy November!