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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14 thoughts on “The Year of Re-reading | Notes on my re-reads of 2017”

  1. Yay for rereading and you reread some good ones. I don’t know why you don’t hear Juliet Marillier books mentioned more as you are right, they are amazing. I know a few bloggers who rate her books highly but she does deserve more attention. The Anne Bishop series is on my radar, I’m currently feeling a strong need to treat myself to those so good to know they’re still rated highly. I only read Song of Achilles a couple of years ago but it was so so good and as there is Circe out now I kind of want to read that and remember why I thought it was great.


  2. I’m so impressed with all the rereading you’ve done this year. I think I reread two books, but I have to look closer at my records to confirm that. I personally love rereading, but finding the time is always hard. I’d love to hear more people talk about Juliet Marillier. There are still a few of her books I need to read myself. I’ve been recommended The Others several times so seeing that you deemed it worthy of a reread makes me very curious.


  3. I like rereading but I do it quite seldom because of all the unread books I want to get to. When the last book of The Raven Cycle came out, I also reread all the previous books before and it was really cool to go into the last book with all the emotion and memories of the previous ones. I should definitely do it more often. Also, I recently got The Song of Achilles and really want to get to it soon.


    1. Oh I hope you’ll like The Song of Achilles!

      Yes, I also have so many unread ones I want to read… I’ve learned to stop feeling guilty about re-reading taking time away from unread ones! After all, if I want a certain book right now, the others may seem less enjoyable in comparison. I might end up disliking a book I would’ve loved at another moment.


  4. I love rereading! Not only does it let you go back to old favorites, but I also find that I get so much more out a novel the second time around because it’s easier to focus on things besides the basic plot. Glad you had such a great year of rereading! 🙂


  5. I do like re-reading! Like you said, sometimes it’s just exactly what you need 🙂 Though I should definitely do it more often. I’d love to re-read the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini as well! It’s been so long since I read those. And well, I still need to start with The Others series, so hopefully 2018 is the year 🙂


  6. I did reread a few things this year like the first two PJO books. I do feel more towards them since I’ve started loving Percy himself a bit more and I know more of the world so I can appreciate these books more for what they are I guess.


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