In addition to reading 14 new books this month, I had quite a bit of time to re-read some old favourites. It’s rare that I have enough time to actually read books more than once so I took advantage of it and re-read 10 awesome books, 1 short story and a novella. Here are the ones I read again here in January:
I loved the first three books of the Oracle of Delphi series so much that I made a concerted effort to re-read all three. The first time around Prophecy of the Most Beautiful was awesome, but it’s even better as a re-read because I saw all the little hints Diantha Jones planted in the story for the later books. With Prophecy of the Betrayed Heir coming out in September I needed to re-read the series anyway to remind myself who everyone is.
This is another book that was even better the second time around. The end had been just a little confusing the first time around because I read the first book and this one so far apart. But after refreshing my memory I really appreciated all the plot twists of this novel as well as some of the foreshadowing for the third book.
Reading the third book just makes me even more eager for book four! I stayed up late to finish this one even though I’ve obviously read it once before. The best books are even better the second time around and Prophecy of Solstice’s End is one such book. One of my favourite parts of the book was the portrayal of all the Greek gods, particularly Zeus.
After finishing the first three books in the series I still had a craving for more of Diantha Jones’ fantastic world. Enter Solar, Defeated, which is the Oracle of Delphi #2.5. It fills in a lot of the gaps in Strafford’s story and makes his awful behaviour in the beginning seem a little more logical.
Remember how I absolutely gushed about this book? Well, I’m back to gushing again after re-reading it! This time around I really appreciated all the subtle hints Jill Braden gave about the Ravidians’ plot as well as about QuiTai’s past. The plot was just as suspenseful as it was the first time around and I think this will be a book I’ll re-read at least once a year from now on. It’s that good.
The Iron Fey series is sort of my guilty pleasure now. I actually like the love triangle in this one and Julie Kagawa’s world of faeries is fantastic. I’ll admit that her book is not the most original but it’s still good and it’s one that I like to re-read from time to time since this was actually the first book I’d read featuring faeries. It brings back good memories.
Every once in a while I like to indulge my usually deeply buried romantic side and The Iron Fey series always hits the spot. Forbidden love, attractive men and a heroine who actually learns how to kick butt at a natural pace all make this one of my favourite re-reads.
This is probably my favourite one in the Iron Fey series that features Meghan. She really grows as a person in this one and Ash does as well. They start to overcome their differences and finally admit just how much they really love one another. And it has such a cliffhanger that you can’t help but read The Iron Knight as well.
Who can resist the snarky, ruthless and occasionally sadistic main character of Mark Lawrence’s debut novel? Jorg is at the top of my list of all-time favourite characters, even if he really is a horrible, broken human being. I finished the last book in his trilogy not too long ago so it was nice to go back now and see how much he really had changed by the end.
I read this book pretty much exactly a year ago so it was nice to re-read it for the first time and enjoy my favourite characters again. I had forgotten how much I loved Wu and Marco and their gory adventures through the zombie-infested Evacuated States. The Return Man is one of my favourite books of all time and I was glad I had time to read it again this month.
After reading Kiya: Mother of a King and still being anxious for the third book I decided to go back and read the first book. I liked it just as much as I did the first time around, but for different reasons. The hints that Katie Hamstead dropped for the rest of the series and the characterization were all good enough for me to overlook some minor historical inaccuracies.
I had to re-read this prequel to the Feyland series again because I didn’t review it the first time I read it. I didn’t want to rely so much on my memory from a few months ago, but I didn’t need to worry. It’s just as good the second time around as it was the first.