The Year of Re-reading | Notes on my re-reads of 2017

It’s almost time for me to show you my list of favorite reads of 2017. I know that it was a Top Ten Tuesday post already, but I didn’t feel like I could write my post already. I know the year is almost over and it’s highly unlikely I will finish a lot more books before it is. But I don’t want to risk it! What if I find an amazing book on December 30th and can’t put it in my list anymore? 

Anyway, while I was looking through the books I read this year for my list, I realized that I’ve re-read a lot of books this year. I’ve always loved re-reading for many reasons. I get to return to a world I love, and revisit characters that I adore. I might notice little plot things I overlooked the first time -or foreshadowing that I just missed altogether. Sometimes I also re-read books to see whether I still love them, years later. So today, I want to take a look at all the books I re-read in 2017!

The Others by Anne Bishop

Books: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked in Flesh
How do I feel about it? Still one of my all-time favorites

I re-read the first 4 books in The Others series by Anne Bishop at the end of January. Why? In March, the 5th book would be released and I wanted to make sure the previous events in the series would be fresh in my mind. This happens to be one of my all-time favorite fantasy series. I think I’ve read the first book about 4 times now, and I only discovered it in 2013.



The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Books: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
How do I feel about it? Loved the first book a bit less, still adore the series overall

This is one of the series that really got me hooked on fantasy in my early teens. I wanted to see what I would think of it as an adult, having read a lot more fantasy. I immediately noticed a difference with the first book. The writing style felt a bit choppy, because Paolini used a lot of really short sentences. He was so young when he wrote this, and I do think it shows. Still, I really loved it -and you can see him grow as an author throughout the series.



Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Books: Postmortem, Body of Evidence
How do I feel about it? Enjoyed it a lot less than I remember, the crime and scientific aspects are great but the sexism and racism really made me uncomfortable

I remember really enjoying this series as a teenager, so I was dying to re-read them when my mom received the entire series as a gift from someone. I decided to start with the first books, even though they are quite old (which can make an impact on the story when it’s a crime novel that relies on science, in my opinion). To my surprise, I still loved the crime and scientific aspects of the story. But I didn’t like the racist and sexist comment Marino gave, and think the main character Kay should address them instead of just feeling superior to the rest. I will probably re-read the rest of the series at some point, but I’m in no hurry.



Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Books: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows
How do I feel about it? It’s still one of my favorites! Why don’t I hear her books mentioned more often?

I started reading this series when I was a teenager (maybe like 14 or 15?) but I never continued after the second book. I have no idea why because I remember absolutely loving them. I saw them at my local library this year, so I decided to re-read the first two and then continue. I have re-read the first two, but still haven’t continued… These books are absolutely amazing. They’re set in Ireland, and the atmosphere of these is just mind-blowing. I also love the main characters, and how Juliet Marillier addresses some serious topics like rape and its after effects in a thought provoking way.



Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Books: The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of The Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince
How do I feel about it? No explanation necessary, I think. They feel like home.

I decided to re-read these because I needed to wash away the foul taste The Cursed Child left in my mouth. I mean, I always re-read at least one Harry Potter book every year. And this year, I had discovered HP fan fiction. I was all in the wolfstar (Remus/Sirius) feels thanks to fan fiction, when I decided to read The Cursed Child. It then made me so mad that I had to try and re-read all the books to wash away my anger and disappointment. Maybe I’ll re-read The Deathly Hallows during Christmas!



The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

the song of achilles

Book: The Song of Achilles
How do I feel about it? Still one of my all-time favorites, still crushed me emotionally

I read this one for the first time in the beginning of 2015, almost 3 years ago! I rave about this one all the time on my blog, so I decided I needed to re-read it to know whether I’d still love it just as much, 3 years later. And I do. This time I had my own hard copy, and used it to my advantage by tabbing all my favorite passages, quotes and moments. Needless to say, I used a lot of sticky tabs. 



Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

the gray wolf throne

Book: The Gray Wolf Throne
How do I feel about it? Quite enjoyed it -but I do think it’s a filler book

This is a special case. I actually only started this series in 2017! I read book 1, 2 and 3 in the first half of the year and decided it was time to read the 4th and final one last month. Only problem? Because I had gotten so addicted to the books in the beginning and absolutely sped through them, I couldn’t remember many details from the third book. So I re-read it before continuing on to the final one. I actually read this one for the first time this year, and re-read it only a few months later!



Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

theft of swords

Book: Theft of Swords
How do I feel about it? Currently re-reading, still enjoying it

Finally, my current re-read! I am re-reading Theft of Swords as I’m writing this. I discovered this series in the beginning of 2015 so again: almost 3 years ago! I absolutely adore Royce and Hadrian, the main characters of the series, and have recently read the fourth book in the Chronicles series (prequel series), The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. It reminded me of my love for these two, so I decided it was time for a re-read. I might finish this before 2017 ends and continue with the sequels, but I can’t predict that right now.


How do you feel about re-reading? Do you like it, or not? Have you re-read anything this year?

I personally really enjoy re-reading. I know I could spend that time discovering a new favorite instead. But there is just something so comforting about returning to a favorite place or characters! Sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.

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November Reading Wrap Up

It’s time to talk about the 2 books I managed to read during the month of November. I actually read both of them this week, and they’re the first books I’ve managed to read in 2 months. I’m slowly getting my reading mojo back, I think. So let’s talk about the books!

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima // ★★★★ // I started getting my reading mojo back when my copy of the 4th book in this series arrived. I really wanted to read it and finish the series to find out what happens to my favorite characters. But I didn’t really remember all that much about book 3, even though I only read it in April. So I decided to re-read it. I now know that the reason I didn’t remember much is because not all that much happens in this one. It’s mostly a filler book, I think, to set up the story for the grand finale. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. 4 stars it is.

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima // ★★★★★ // And then it was time to read the last book in the series. I LOVED THIS. I will say that if you’re not a fan of political intrigue and politics in fantasy, then you won’t enjoy this book. Politics and life at court is really the main focus of this book. Alliances are made and broken left and right, and it might have given me whiplash. But I really loved this book! I’m so glad I finished the series. Pat on the back for starting and finishing a series within the same calendar year, right?

That’s it. That’s all I read this month. It’s 2 books more than last month! I’m currently about halfway through The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicles #4) by Michael J. Sullivan. I received my early copy a while ago as a backer of his Kickstarter campaign, and I’m so glad to return to two of my favorite characters ever.

What did you read in November? Have you read the Seven Realms series?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want (My/Any) Teenager to Read

 Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, the topic is actually: books I’d want my children to read. Now, I don’t actually know whether I ever want to have kids. And I thought it would be more interesting to show you what I hope my teenager(s) (or any teenager for that matter) would read. So let’s go!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // First of all, this book is hilarious. I listened to the audiobook, and it made me laugh out loud multiple times. Add that to the fact that it’s historical fiction + has (a bisexual main character + a PoC love interest and best friend + disability rep) + sexism throughout history is addressed = a book I’d want any teenager to read. 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // I adore this book for multiple reasons. I love the body positivity, the relationship Molly and Cassie (they’re twins) have, their two moms and little brother, I love Reid, I love Cassie and Mina… Some of the side characters in this book identify as lesbian, bisexual and pansexual, and I love that this is not a story about them coming out. Not that we don’t need those stories too. But to just see them in loving, wonderful and happy relationships? That’s so important too. Most of all though, I love the body positivity and the fact that this is a book about a plus size girl who isn’t looking to lose weight in order to love herself.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This isn’t really a ‘pleasant’ book. This is a book that hits you in the face instead. Yet I think this is SUCH an important read for teenagers! It’s about a girl called Romy, who was raped by the ‘golden boy’ of her town. No one believes her. She’s bullied, ridiculed and above all, traumatized (obviously). This book addresses slut-shaming and victim blaming, and I think teenagers need to be aware of it. 

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // Again, I want teenagers to read this for multiple reasons. First: the main character is biracial and bisexual. What I love though is the conversation about asexuality and demisexuality. A- and demisexuality are so often overlooked and forgotten, and I think it’s important to be aware of them. Another aspect I think is interesting is its focus on education. Alice Oseman addresses that university/college is not necessarily the right path for everyone and that it has nothing to do with intelligence. It’s just about what you love, and what you want to do. 

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne // I was lucky enough to meet Holly Bourne and get my book signed by her. I also told her how much I loved it, and how I think it’s an incredibly powerful and important read. This is the story of Evie, who goes to college (UK – so not university) after recovering from a serious episode of her OCD. She makes friends, talks about feminism, wants to have a boyfriend…She wants to be “normal”. This is therapy and medication positive, which I can’t highlight enough.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Will I ever make a favorites list that doesn’t include this book? NOPE. I think it’s a wonderful read for teenagers because they get to experience a (familiar, for a lot of people) story with a gay romance. I love Achilles and Patroclus so much…

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo // Back at it with the fantasy recommendations. I know that so many people recommend this book to others. For good reason though. Is it perfect? Of course not. It’s a great fantasy/heist story about a group of thieves. But it also talks about body positivity, PTSD, disability, etc. Not to mention Jesper & Wylan’s adorable romance. Seriously, those two will be the death of me.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // I read this book a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. And I need every single person to read it. Understood?

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // I don’t think reading this is too much to ask of anyone considering it’s only 50 pages long. It’s a great speech about feminism and its misconceptions.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin // You might feel a bit confused about this one, because it’s not quite the same tone as the previous 9 picks. But I’d want anyone to give the fantasy genre a try -especially if they were my own children. And I’d want them to join me on a journey of reading fantasy written by PoC authors. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is an incredible read, and I want everyone to try it. 


What do you think of my choices? Do you agree/disagree? Which books would you want your teenager (or any teenager ever) to read?

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Problematic Faves

Today’s #T5W post revolves around your problematic favorites. At first I thought it would be about the books you read and loved, but know are problematic in some way(s). But actually, it’s about the 5 characters you know you shouldn’t love, but end up liking anyway. Which is a very different list! Anyway, here are 5 characters I know I shouldn’t like, but do.

Books mentioned:

  1. Henry // The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  2. Holland // A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  3. Darrow // Red Rising by Pierce Brown 
  4. Draco Malfoy // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 
  5. Loki // Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who’d Make Good Leaders

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking about characters who would make great leaders!

 

Nasuada // Eragon by Christopher Paolini // I know that she actually is a leader/ruler in the series. I think she is just such a great leader, that I had to put her on this list. She listens to her advisers but doesn’t let them control her. She makes tough decisions, overcoming her personal feelings on matters for the better of the Varden. I just… She’s incredible.

Julius // Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron // Julius, the Nice Dragon. At first, I wouldn’t have considered him a leader because he’s basically been hiding from his family for years. He’s content, as long as they leave him alone. But then I think of the adventures he goes through, the way he learns to stand up to people, and how he always tries to do the right (and nice) thing. And I know I would trust him to lead my country. 

Elend // The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I find Elend to be very interesting. He just has such an idealistic view of the world. It’s adorable. He has all these great ideas of how to improve society when given a chance. But facing the reality, he realizes that this ideal will most likely never succeed. Instead, you’ll need to compromise.

Elisa // The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson // Another woman I would trust with my life -and country. She’s such a naive girl at the start. But she just grows so much as a leader and woman, and I admire her.

Aragorn // The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien // NO EXPLANATION NECESSARY.

Gwen // Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan // I know that Gwen is technically a side character in these stories. But I can’t help but think that she would make a wonderful leader. She’s capable, smart, compassionate and caring -and she doesn’t judge people based on appearance, etc. 

Verity // Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb // I feel like I don’t really need to explain this one. I was supporting Verity 100% while reading this trilogy. Do I think he’s always right or flawless? Of course not. That’s not the point of being a leader either. 


Those are 7 characters I think would make good leaders. Do you agree with me on these? Let me know which characters you think would make great leaders!

Some of my favorite non-fiction reads

I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’m not really reading anything at the moment. I’m probably in the worst reading slump I have ever been in (it’s been about 3 months now) and it doesn’t look like it’s about to end. I’m especially sad about this because I really wanted to participate in Non Fiction November again. Since I can’t do that, I thought I’d just make a post and video on my favorite non fiction reads so far. 

Quiet by Susan Cain // This may well be my favorite non fiction book ever. Mostly because I read it at the time in my life when I needed it most. This book is about introverts, and how we can thrive in a western society that values extroverts. At university, I really struggled with balancing my health and what I wanted with my friends and what everyone else was doing. Reading this helped me understand what being an introvert is, and how that isn’t a bad thing or something to be ashamed of. 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin // I received this book as a gift from Inge (thank you!) and I really enjoyed it. I do think that Gretchen Rubin is privileged, which is why she was able to do this whole year-long happiness project in the first place. But I really liked some of the things she said, like making an interest-list so you can keep track of every little thing that piques your interest (and look into it later without forgetting).

The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal // I read this book because I listened to her Ted Talk (which I’d highly recommend you do as well). The idea that changing your mindset on stress could be beneficial for your body and mind is intriguing to me. 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // This is only 50 pages, which means that there’s no excuse not to read it. It’s such an important read!

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg // I like reading about things like habits! I’m always trying to improve my routines and habits, so I can lead a healthier life. This was a really interesting and easy read, that I’d highly recommend. 

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui // This is a graphic memoir on Thi Bui and her family. It portrays her family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to the United States. First of all, the artwork here is beautiful. And then there’s the story. I don’t really know much about Vietnam, so this memoir taught me a lot. There’s a lot of pain and hurt in this story, so be prepared for that when you pick it up.


I haven’t read that much non fiction, but these are some of my favorites so far. Have you read any of these? Which non fiction books are your faves?