One of my goals this year is to reread more books because I so enjoyed rereading a bunch of books last year, and I’m aiming for that much enjoyment in my reading this year, but with a little more purpose. Thus, there are twelve books on this list instead of ten because I wanted to try to read one a month (I’m already failing at that, but whatever), and I am hella excited about all of them.
I’ve read Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi three times now, and it really should be four, but I didn’t reread it last year, which is an actual tragedy. This is easily one of my favorite books of all time, and it always amazes me because it’s not like other books, where rereading is enjoyable because I’ve forgotten large parts of it. I remember everything in Emergency Contact, even down to the little details, but it’s still one of my absolute favorite things to read. This’ll probably end up being one of the first books I reread this year just because I’ve been thinking about it so much lately.
I could have probably put all of Shea Ernshaw’s books on here, but Winterwood by is my favorite of hers, and I really want to read it in the winter again. It’s such a good book for the season, and I am starting to lose my window as winter fades here in New England, so this’ll either be one that I read right now or not until December. Either way, it’s been a couple years since this released, and I’m excited to dive into it again.
I would just about die if Netflix adapted Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen, which is really well and truly all I want in this world, and I hope more than anything it’ll happen someday because damn, what a good summer feel good movie. I absolutely lost my mind reading this the first time, and I am so ready to shriek about queer best friends again.
If we’re being honest, I don’t think I ever actually read the entirety of Inkworld? I definitely read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, but I’m not convinced that I ever made it past that. Either way, I’ve been thinking about Inkheart on and off for several months now, and I keep picking it up off my shelf and putting it back, so I want to make it a priority to actually reread it this year, and that’s only partially because I really want to rewatch the movie again after Erin & I rewatched Stardust, and it gave me those early 2000 vibes something hardcore.
Both Inkspell and Inkdeath are possibly first time reads, but who the heck knows. I was a wee child when I read these, so they might be rereads. Even if they are, I don’t remember anything about them, so it’ll be fun to dive back into this world. I’ve always enjoyed Funke’s books, and the adaptation of Thief Lord is damn near perfect in a way that really makes me want to read all of her backlist and new books because I think I’ve read two books by her, and that’s sad. She deserves so much more.
IT’S TIME, Y’ALL. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab is only the first of two big series rereads this year, and I am HYPED. I reread the entirety of the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo last year, and it reminded me of how much joy I got out of my 2017 reads when I finally accepted that young adult had a place in my life, and I’ve never looked back since then. ADSOM was one of my favorite reads in 2017 (or somewhere around then), and it set me off on a path of pure enjoyment when it comes to reading in a way that I’m never going to forget.
Schwab was probably already an auto-buy author for me after ADSOM, but, if they weren’t, A Gathering of Shadows definitely did it. I can so remember deciding somewhere in this series that I definitely needed to read everything Schwab had put out, and I did a massive book haul of all their backlist books, and I’m now preordering everything new that they write. I know a lot of people were meh about this middle book because of the tournament that’s in it, but I’m a huge fan of magical tournaments in fantasy books, and the angst that it allowed Kell to express was top notch, so I am more than ready for this.
A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab is probably my true beloved of this series because it’s about when I really started on my #hollandvosijkprotectionsquad bullshit, and I’m so ready to be there again. Holland and Kell are definitely tied for my favorite characters in this series, and Holland pushes that closer to the top spot every time I think about him. He’s just such a fantastic character, and I can’t wait to fall in love with him again.
Y’all aren’t even ready for my KAROUUUUUUUU nonsense when I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, good grief. DOSAB was not my first Taylor book–that was Strange the Dreamer, and holy moly, I should reread that, too, but am I emotionally ready for Lazlo Strange again, probably not–and Karou is, without a doubt, in my top three characters of all time. I love her so damn much. Like, just, wow, so much more than I can describe. I’m going to have some serious insta-love the second she’s introduced, and it’s going to be great.
I’m trying to remember Days of Blood and Starlight, and while I definitely remember the whole plot of this trilogy, I can’t remember when specific things happen, but I think this book is when we start to learn more about all of the characters, and I’m definitely going to have a giggle storm over Zuzana and Mik, and WAIT I FORGOT. There’s a whole side book for them, definitely going to have to sneak that in, too.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor was such a good finale, and I just know that rereading this series is going to skyrocket my reading for this year. Taylor is such a mastermind in the fantasy genre, and it’s occurring to me how long it’s been since she last released something, so maybe if I just reread everything she’s ever written, that’ll carry me forward until she finally has a new release.