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Hello Hello! I hope you are doing well!
Today I’m back with another bookish rambling post to talk to you about something I don’t very often, if ever do: reread books!
I’ve read a lot of books over the years, especially since really becoming a more avid and frequent reader these past 5 years or so. I’ve found some absolutely stunning books that have become firm favourites, and some that have been on this list for over 10 years.
I’ve always shied away from rereading books in case they don’t live up to what I thought of them the first time around, but mainly because of time constraints. However, I’ve wanted to reread some for a very long time, so keep on reading my post to see which books I would like to reread in 2023!
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
This had to be the first book on the list because it has been my absolute favourite book for 10 years now, and I’ve only reread it once, years and years ago. Obviously I remember most of it, but the details have faded through the years. I also love the film, that I watch every Bastille Day, so I thought that this year would be THE YEAR to reread this massive tome. My fiancé bought me the stunning Barnes & Noble edition a few years ago, and let me tell you, IT IS HEAVY and THE WRITING IS TINY. But I love this book with my whole heart, so it is only right that I give it some more love every now and again. I think I’m going to start it in February, because it very well might take me the whole year to finish it!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
This was another book I read for high school and I think I must have been the only one in class who read it, hahaha. But I was also passionate about it and it made me so happy that my English teacher (who was also my favourite teacher) loved it as much as I did. I only recently saw the movie adaptation, which was really good, but had some inconsistencies that I didn’t remember in the book. I know the book is better anyway, as it always is! It’s a very short book in comparison to the previous massive tome, and I don’t think it’s going to be a very long book to read. As it is feel-good, and cute, and has a beautiful romance at its centre, I think I might take it to Scotland with me for my honeymoon at the end of March. I know it will feel like coming home, and since Scotland is my favourite country out of all those I’ve lived in and visited, I think it will be the perfect choice.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs
I started reading this series in my last teenage years and absolutely adored it, until university got in the way, and I didn’t read the 4th book as soon as I got it. It has been sitting on my shelf for about 5 years, and that will just not do. I also was recently gifted the fifth book, and I think I only have 2 more to purchase to have the full series. So I would very much like to reread the first 3 books in this series in order to finally finish it this year. I loved everything about this series, and I know I’ll love it just as much the second time around, so I’m very much looking forward to it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Another favourite series on my list, but these books are a lot heftier than the previous ones. I purchased A Court of Silver Flames when it was published, and of course have neglected it for all that time. There was a lot of hype around it, both bad and good, so I’m glad I’ve waited a long time to finally get to it because it’s a series I love and I don’t want my opinions to be influenced by anything I see on social media. So in order to get to this 4th book in the series, I need to reread the first 3 books and the novella. I remember racing through these when I first read them a few years ago, so it’s not going to be a very tough feat to accomplish once again. I’ll need to have enough time to concentrate on these, as I have a feeling I’ll binge them in a single week!
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I seem to remember that this was a Fairyloot edition a few years ago (it has beautiful turquoise sparkly sprayed edges!!), and I read it pretty much straight away and loved it from the first line to the last. And I was so sad that it was a standalone, until a short story/novella sequel was released LAST WEEK! I can’t even tell you how quickly I snapped that one up, I think I gave my bank account whiplash, lol. I loved everything about this book, and I know I will enjoy it just as much when I reread it this year and can continue on with the novella straight away, because it is currently sitting in my line of sight on the shelves in my lounge, and it deserves my full and undivided attention!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This is a book — and a book series — that I happened upon on Goodreads a few years ago and because I love witches and vampires, it was an obvious choice of money to be splurged on. Well, I’m well and truly glad I did find it because it became one of my favourite books of 2019 (god it’s scary when you write that down, it was such a long time ago, lol!). I think I started to read the second book in the series shortly after finishing the first book, but moving to Stirling, Scotland for my final semester of university (Erasmus) obviously distracted me because I never finished it. It is on my list of series I want to finish this year, so I am very excited to reread the first instalment as I was obsessed with it.
So far, those are all the books, or book series, that I want to reread in 2023, either to relive my love of the book or to finish the series. I’m so excited to read all of these, and will keep you updated with my progress.
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post.
See you soon, stay safe,