Hey y'all!It's Grace here, ducking in to do a post about a few of my January reads. I'm thinking about making this a feature - a little baby one - because I reread a LOT. I wanted to spotlight some of the titles that I've been reading, even though I've read them before. Even if I've reviewed them in the past, I'd like to be able to give them a bit of the attention that they deserve!Without further ado, here's what I reread in January:The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider | Goodreads
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.
Favorite parts: The main character, Ezra! The Gatsby references! The puns! The romance! All of it.Least favorite parts: I don't like Cassidy. She's too Manic Pixie Dream Girl for my taste, and treats Ezra terribly.When I first read it: when I was in the British Virgin Islands over the summer - I read it while we waited for the ferry to take us over from St. John!Why I reread it: It's absorbing, well-put together, and undeniably vivid. I loved it!Would I reread again? Absolutely.Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick | Goodreads
A SACRED OATHA FALLEN ANGELA FORBIDDEN LOVERomance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
Favorite parts: Patch & Nora's banter! The haunting setting! Fallen angels!Least favorite parts: Patch is a bit of a stalker. Also, I'm always a bit embarrassed to show the cover in public just because it screams "paranormal romance" - which I'm not ashamed of, it's just always vaguely uncomfortable since he's not wearing a shirt.When I first read it: At my grandma's house in sixth or seventh grade. It was storming and I finished the book at the perfect time - perfect atmosphere for such a thrilling read!Why I reread it: Fitzpatrick's taut atmosphere and skillful plotting kept me enthralled throughout the entire book.Would I reread it again? I have many, many times and definitely will again.Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine | Goodreads
The wait is over. dig into the feast...In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though, especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.
Favorite parts: Claire's such a likable main character and Myrnin is fascinating.Least favorite parts: The third-person narrative and similar events can feel a bit disconnected at times.When I first read it: I actually listened to it on audio while skiing in Utah a few years ago; this time was my first time reading it in print.Why I reread it: The series is well-written, with unbroken action that gives it all an addictive feel.Would I reread it again? It depends. The series is long, so it would probably be a couple years before I were to pick it up again.
What books have y'all reread this year?