Five Books We Love to Re-Read
Sometimes it’s difficult to choose the next book to read. Avid readers sometimes simply need some help deciding on reading their favourites, or choosing a brand-new story! Re-reading books can have its benefits, though. The main one being that re-reading a book can provide safety and comfort. This is because these are characters and settings the reader is already familiar with and sets in the feeling of returning home.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Set in 1893, travel to New Salem where women must fight for a sliver of power. However, when the Eastwood sisters, James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth and Beatrice Belladonna, arrive in town, New Salem turns upside down. Hunted by beings far too powerful, the Eastwood sisters’ band together with the suffragists. All in order to delve into long-forgotten magic and words, that will be beneficial in their survival.
This book is one of the newer releases on the list. The Once and Future Witches features imperfect heroines that I find to be a breath of fresh air. The Eastwood sisters are three characters that not only learn about the new city they’re in but about themselves too. I love re-reading this book because it shows the major character development that the sisters go through. It also helps readers in realising how fractured their sisterhood is and how everything is not as it seems, from the moment we meet them.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
In the third and final book of The Infernal Devices, Tessa must come to terms with betrayal and loss as the ones who she cares about the most rally behind her. When the destruction of the Shadowhunters looms nearer, Tessa and her friends must fight for their survival against Mortmain. As well as working against his automaton army that circles them, every day. This leads to Tessa having the ultimate realisation. Only she save herself and her loved ones, in this enchanting finale.
As this is the finale in The Infernal Devices trilogy, some of the details that readers may notice when re-reading will be heavily involved with the plots of Cassandra’s other Shadowhunter novels. One particular detail is Will’s star scar that was given by Tessa. Linking to Cassandra’s The Mortal Instruments books, the same star is also described on the Herondale ring that Jace wears. This shows that there is a wider world within the books. This is due to the Infernal Devices trilogy setting in as a prequel to the Mortal Instruments collection.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- Books by Lewis Carroll
In this book not only do we follow Alice down the rabbit hole, but we also follow Alice through the Looking Glass mirror. In the first story, Alice chases a white rabbit and falls into Wonderland. She meets strange creatures such as Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar. This is where she also attends a very strange tea party with the equally as strange Mad Hatter and March Hare which all leads to Alice meeting the notorious Red Queen. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice is transported to a chess-board inspired world where she must become the Queen that Wonderland needs.
I love to re-read these stories! This is a novel that is mainly read during the Christmas period with a warm cup of tea and a blanket. Another reason is that I re-read this book with my niece. A girl who asks questions, which allows us to create a discussion around plot points and our favourite characters. Not only this, but as you re-read you can see the change in Alice’s relationships during her time in Wonderland. For example, in the second story, Alice is not as phased by the strange creatures in this world anymore. This indicates that Alice is growing up and is no longer the child she once was, for example.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
After a revelation that left readers asking for more, this second instalment of the Folk of the Air series delves into the sacrifices that Jude must make. All in order to keep living as a mortal in the faerie realm. Jude, who now has political influence, must fight to join the never-ending alliances of Cardan’s reign to reveal a traitor in their midst. With Jude’s life on the line, she must act quickly to protect the future heir to the fae throne. At the same time, she must fight her feelings to the infuriating King of the realm. This book delves into the deepest and darkest secrets of the Fae realm has to offer.
As I was re-reading the entirety of the Folk of the Air trilogy, I witnessed where the relationship between Cardan and Jude change. For example, when the characters learn of the revelation at the end of the first book, you can see how the characters change and how distant they become. Not only this. But when re-reading this book you pick up on the little details. Such as the actions that characters undertake, which make the reader question who is the traitor before the final reveal.
The Hunger Games Books by Suzanne Collins
In a post-apocalyptic North America, the children of Panem watch as each district must select one girl and one boy to participate in the annual Hunger Games. This is the result of the Capitol. Which is a city that is cruel and harsh to keep the surrounding districts in check by having them fight in the Games. At 16, Katniss Everdeen is stripped away from her home. Forcing her to fight for survival, while taking her sister’s place as tribute. However, during the Games, Katniss realises that if she were to win then she must make decisions that may affect the rest of humanity.
Not many readers go to the very beginning of Katniss’ story for a re-read. However, to me, reading the first book in the trilogy serves as an introduction to witnessing Katniss’ growth. For example, we see her go from a quiet individual, who is surviving for her own family’s sake, to creating a rebellion for humanity. Seeing this growth in Katniss creates a protagonist which young readers can have as a strong female role model.