My reading has been a little different of late. For the past few years, I’ve made it my business to read as many new books as possible. But last year, I reintroduced myself to the concept of rereading. And it was excellent.
I’ve already promised myself (and a few Howler friends) that I’ll be rereading Red Rising every year until I think I need a break from the series (
not likely). But there are quite a few other books I’d like to revisit this year. I think it’s been long enough for some books to feel like new again and I’m excited to see how my past favorite books fare nowadays.
I’m also trying to focus on reading those books that have been sitting on my TBR forever. I want to actually attend to my TBR and cut it down. My backlisted books hadn’t been getting much attention until last year and I’d like to keep the momentum going.
No matter my plans to read older books, there will always be newly released books every month that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Lore | Alexandra Bracken
I’m currently reading this one. So far I’m really enjoying it! I like the characters and the plot is engaging. Some explanations are a little too dense or overcomplicated, but the general flow of the narrative is smooth. I’m loving the allusions to the Greek pantheon and also the brutality of the content (
which is saying something about me, but I can’t tell what…). I like the concept behind it all and I like that the stakes feel high enough to offer a good bit of suspense. It was kind of hard to put it down for the night.
Winterkeep | Kristin Cashore
I’m not sure how I actually feel about this one. I wasn’t a massive fan of Bitterblue, but I was mostly satisfied with how Cashore “ended” the story. It’s always a little alarming when an author revisits a series originally thought to have ended. Granted, Bitterblue did leave a few threads undone and there is room for the world to grow, so maybe this is the best move on Cashore’s part. It’s high time for me to revisit the Graceling Realm, so I’m excited to reread the books, even Bitterblue.
A Vow So Bold and Deadly | Brigid Kemmerer
I came into this series a little late. I read both the first and second book in late 2020. And let me tell you, I was HOOKED. It’s a little reminiscent of ACOTAR but less edgy yet just as captivating (and possibly better executed in regard to character dynamics). I will admit I was a little disappointed with how Harper was portrayed in the second book, but I’m hoping this will be acknowledged and rectified in the third and final book. I’m on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait to see what best boy Grey will do. I haven’t been this excited about a YA/NA fantasy series since…well…ACOTAR 🤷🏽♀️
I may or may not pre-order these ones, but they’ve been added to the TBR regardless, so eventually I will try to read them in this lifetime 😂
That’s all for now! What books are you interested in reading this month? See any books you think you might be interested in?
I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. Remember to breathe. Stay calm. Everything’s gonna be ok.