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I like re-reading books. I do. Especially book series. Sometimes I reread book series simply for the fun of it. Sometimes I reread book series because a new book is coming out. And sometimes, I reread a book series because it’s being made into a movie.
Here are 6 book series I’m rereading this year:
Shadow and Bone / Grishaverse Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
At the time of writing this post, I’ve actually only read the first book in this YA, Russian-inspired fantasy trilogy full of characters with seemingly magical abilities. But I’ve just finished re-reading it, (Shadow and Bone, Grishaverse Book 1), and am reading Seige and Storm (Book 2) and have the finale, Ruin and Rising(Book 3), on hold at my library. Why am I reading this series? Because not only did Bardugo’s newest book about one of the characters from this trilogy just come out (King of Scars, Book 1 in the new Nikolai Duology) but this series along with one of her other series Six of Crows have just been announced as a new Netflix series in development. Many of Bardugo’s books take place in the same universe, the Grishaverse, which is a super cool fantasy world with a lot of morally grey characters.
The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch
This series is one of my husband’s favourites and he introduced me to it shortly after we got married. It’s witty and fun and a little bit (okay a lot) rude. The adult fantasy series starts with The Lies of Locke Lamora about a boy thief named Locke who is part of a group of young con men in a Italian-esque medieval world. It continues with two other books, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves which continue the tales of heists and intrigue. The next book of the series, The Thorn of Emberlain, is very long awaited, and is now scheduled to be published in October 2021 (so says the latest details I can find on retailer websites). These books are long (500 to 650 pages) and complex heists so I want to give myself time to reread them and absorb as many details as I can before the new one comes out.
His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin LaFevers
I read this trilogy years ago and loved it. It is a YA series about assassin nuns in medieval France. It is intriguing, fast-paced, romantic, and so much fun. I’m currently rereading book one, Grave Mercy, and listening to it on audio for a new experience of the story. Next I will reread Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart before I jump into LaFevers’ new book that is set in this world. Courting Darkness was published February 5, 2019 and once I’m re-immersed into the series, I can’t wait to see what this new book holds. And, they all got gorgeous new covers to match the new book!
Sawbones Trilogy by Melissa Lenhardt
I had the chance to read book one of this trilogy, Sawbones before it was published and loved it. It’s a western about a female doctor who is on the run after being falsely accused of murder in post-civil war USA. I haven’t yet read the rest of the series, Blood Oath and Badlands which continue her story and that of the characters she meets and teams up with. There’s adventure, romance, and some cool historical tidbits.
The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson
I picked the first book in this series up simply because of the gorgeous cover. Walk on Earth a Stranger starts the story of Lee, a teenage girl who can sense gold and thus is someone people would kill for in gold-rush era America. She’s on the run west to both save her life and make her fortune. I enjoyed the second book, Like a River Glorious, for how it continued Lee’s story once she was in California. The third and final book in the series, Into the Bright Unknown, was published in 2017 and I haven’t read it yet. I want to reread the first two books of this YA historical fantasy before I read its conclusion.
Of Fire and Stars series by Audrey Coulthurst
I received book one of this series in a book subscription box. Inside the stunning cover, Of Fire and Stars tells the story of two princesses. One who is betrothed since childhood to a prince she doesn’t know and who while living in his country to learn about it must hide her growing magic – as magic is forbidden there. And the prince’s sister, who must train this soon to be queen how to ride horses. Palace intrigue and assassinations draw the princesses together and their friendship turns into something more. As their kingdoms face destruction, they must choose whether to act on their feelings or stick to duty. The second book, Of Ice and Shadows, comes out in August 2019, so I have a few months left to reread the first book.
After writing all of these out I’ve realized two things:
- All of these books have a historical element to them and most of them have at least an bit of fantasy too.
- All but one of these series centres around at least one formidable female character. I like that.
It’s funny how when you take a moment to reflect you start to see patterns in your reading life. Stay tuned for more on that soon. I’ve a project in mind.
Do you have any book series you want to read again?