Hello! Today I wanted to talk about all of the books that I read in 2021. It is so secret that I love rereading books, and in past years I have actually reread more than I have read newer books. In 2021, however, I think this has changed. I didn’t go into the year with the aim of reading more new reads, but I just wanted to focus on reading books that I am enjoying. I didn’t want to force myself to read a book if I wasn’t feeling it. This did result in a lot of books being cast to the side after a few chapters, but regardless I had a great reading year. Going into 2021, I had expected to reread quite a lot of books. I wanted to reread all of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series, which I didn’t do. I had also wanted to do a mini series on my blog where I reread a bunch of my childhood favourites and that also didn’t happen. But, enough rambling, let’s get into the books that I did reread!
Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
How many times am I going to talk about how I didn’t like Throne of Glass to begin with and initially stopped reading half way through the fourth book years ago. But then, at the beginning of 2021 I decided that it was time for me to read the series in full and stop it looming over me. Well, in order to read it in full, I had to reread the first three books. I definitely had a better time with the series, and really loved book four onwards. But, the ones I did reread I still struggled quite a bit with – especially Throne of Glass. I did have a mini series on this (that ironically, I never finished), so you can read my thoughts on the books I did have discussion posts here:
A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of War and Ruin, and A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
I reread this series at the beginning of 2021, in anticipation for A Court of Silver Flames and I of course loved my reread. I reread this series all of the time, to be honest, and don’t really need an excuse! I actually reread these books in December 2020, then January/February 2021, so literally a month after. Then, in December 2021, I reread the first two books, and I am currently rereading the third! I just love this series so much. It offers me a safe place with escapism and the characters always feel like coming home.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
I reread Chain of Gold in March 2021, so that when Chain of Iron came out, I could read it… I never did. I am so mad at myself, every time I have to say that I have not read it, because I want to so bad. My copy of Chain of Iron even arrived just as I was finished Chain of Gold. I have TWO copies of Chain of Iron and yet, it is unread on my shelves. So in 2022, I am probably going to be rereading Chain of Gold again but I will read Chain of Iron!!!
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
In March, I was going through another rough patch with my mental health, so I of course decided it was time to turn to my ultimate comfort series. The original comfort series for me. I read the first four books in like four days, and then I finished the rest of the series in August and September. I loved my time rereading the series, and I loved being back in the shadowhunter world. I would love to do a full reread of all of the series this year, but I might have to skip The Mortal Instruments, but at the same time I am not sure I want to skip that series!
Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
As part of the Easter Readathon last year I decided to reread the first three books in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, so that I could continue reading the series. Instead I ended up putting down the series for another few months and didn’t read the rest of the series until November. I really enjoyed the last few books in the series, which is completely unexpected. When I first got the series, I did not think it was for me. I think I tried three times to read the first book before continuing it, and honestly I only continued it because I already owned the first three books. I am so glad I did though and I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series. The latest book, Where the Drowned Girls Go, just came out a few days ago and I cannot wait to read it.
Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman
Another reread that I read in hopes of reading the newest instalment. That did not go to plan with the Heartstopper series. I don’t really know what happened here – graphic novels are quick and easy to pick up, but for some reason I haven’t been in the mood to pick them up. I love the series and I really want to read the fourth book in the series that came out last year, so hopefully I can carry on reading this one in 2022.
Vampire Academy and Frostbite by Richelle Mead
And finally, I reread the first two books in the Vampire Academy series. Rereading these gave me the inspiration to start a new series on my blog which is The Reread Diaries. I have had a lot of fun with it so far, and I can’t wait to share more in the future. I currently have an entry up for Vampire Academy and I am hoping to get my one up for Frostbite in the upcoming weeks!
So that is it! There are no where near as many books on this list as I thought there was going to be, which surprises me quite a lot. I love rereading books and I don’t think there is any shame in returning to books you have loved before. I did think there would be more! It just means that I was reading more newer books last year which is great for beating the TBR. Although I do think that the TBR grew last year a lot more than it shrunk. It was actually a goal of mine in 2021 to read more new reads than rereads and I think I accomplished that! I am going to have a post go up soon going over all of my stats for 2021, so keep an eye out for that!
Did you reread any books in 2021?