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:
Throne of Glass ~ Crown of Midnight ~ The Assassin’s Blade ~ Heir of Fire
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?
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Yes, and most were series: one series I am still working on
1. A Christmas Carol
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
3. Chronicles of Narnia- well, due to not really remembering the ones that didn’t make it to film
4. The BFG
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
6. Harry Potter (still working on it)
1. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings- want to read the other Middle Earth books, so why not start with the original four?
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So many wonderful books!
Reread a couple that were boom club discussions Rosie Project and Rebecca (but then did not go to the discussion). With so many books to read do not often reread but they were good ones to reread and pick up different things. I think would not want to reread something like a murder mystery.
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I think the only times I would reread a murder mystery is if I wanted to go back and see all of the foreshadowing that was in place or if I just enjoyed being in the world and with the characters!