Let’s be honest, 2021 hasn’t exactly been the fresh start we were all kind of hoping for. Covid is still a thing (and worse in a lot of areas). People are dying and losing their jobs. There was an attempted coup here in the US. Basically, it still feels like 2020. Or, as one of the memes I came across a few days ago said, “2021 is just three 2020s in a trench coat”. And to be fair, calendars don’t make the world change automatically.
But there is still hope for this year! As of right now, I am officially vaccinated against Covid and am in the stage where I have as much immunity as I’m ever going to get (which has done wonders for my 2020 anxiety). I started fresh with a new reading list and am working on new reading habits (and maybe learning some more French this year). Oh, and, most importantly, as of this post going live, we are mere hours away from no longer having a racist Cheeto in the White House. I honestly can’t believe this day has come. But it’s here. We survived the last four years, we survived 2020, and it’s time to leave it behind us (as much as we can right now – you should still be social distancing and wearing a mask).
That said, I am still in need of some comfort reading this year. One of the things I didn’t do last year that I wish I had done is revisit some more favorites that just make me feel happy. I am currently in the middle of my fourth (?) reread of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, which is one of my favorite books of all time. But I decided there are a few more I would really like to come back to this year. Honestly, I didn’t choose these for any particular reasons (except for one, which I’ll get to). I just feel like rereading these, so I decided I’m going to. Because they make me happy, and I need as much of that as I can get.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I feel like I alternate between rereading Neverwhere and The Night Circus like every other year. But I decided it might be fun to reread both of them this year, since I read neither of them last year. Did I curse 2020? If this is my fault, I’m sorry. I promise I will keep revisiting these books every year forever. All jokes aside, I just really love this book. It’s one of those books that puts a smile on my face and transports me to a happy place. It’s magical and lovely, and if it makes me happy to just see the spine on my shelves, I think I need that joy in my life this year. This is one of those books that, every time I read it, I can’t help but want to revisit more of my favorite books because I really don’t do it enough.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte
I can only think of one nonfiction book I have ever read more than once: A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft. And I think all of the times I read it were school-related, so that barely counts. But I’ve just been craving some more science-y books lately, and my mind keeps going back to two books: Plight of the Living Dead and The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. Both of which I would not shut up about for a long time after reading them, because dinosaurs and zombifying parasites are really cool! But the one I keep coming back to is the dinosaur book. I learned so much from this book, and it just ignited a really big interest for me. I love dinosaurs, and this book was a huge part of that. I’m absolutely fascinated. So I decided I kind of want to revisit it this year, because it contains so much information, and it’s so good. I’m sure my friends will thank me since they probably won’t have to hear about cockroach wasps again (but they’re super cool, so Google them!).
The Golem & the Jinni by Helene Wecker
I don’t talk about this book much, which is a shame, because it is AMAZING. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. I read it before ever starting this blog (six years ago), and I honestly still think about it a lot. I love it so, so much. It’s kind of along the same lines as The Night Circus in that it’s fantasy that reads like historical fiction. And it is just so, so, SO good. I’m so happy to finally be revisiting it (I think maybe I’ve read it twice so far?) because this summer, we are getting THE SEQUEL. It has been delayed over and over again, but it’s finally happening and it might just be my most anticipated book of the year. But I’m honestly just as excited to reread The Golem & the Jinni. It’s absolutely magical, and I cannot wait to fall back into this world.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
So I have a weird and kind of terrible habit of not continuing series even though I really like the first book (or first few books). I just kind of lose interest sometimes. Which is not the case here. This series fell victim to the “I’ve read over a hundred books since I read book one, and don’t remember enough to continue with book two”. Which is probably not as true as I think it is, but it keeps me from continuing. Even though I bought the second book the day it came out. But the trilogy is now fully released, I can just binge read all of them. Which is what I’m hoping to do at some point this year. (You should all hold me to this so I actually do it.) I gave The Poppy War five stars the first time I read it, I should definitely finish this series.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
And finally, we have my ultimate comfort read. I return to this book over and over again. There’s just something about it that just feels nice and cozy. I’m trying to read more classics this year, so it feels like I have to include this one. And I’m honestly really excited. I’m definitely not rereading this because I binge-watched Bridgerton and really, really need some regency romance but also haven’t delved into historical romance and don’t know how to find non-problematic ones that won’t annoy me so I default to Jane Austen. That is absolutely not the reason. Okay, fine, it is, but I’m not mad about it. I need some Mr. Darcy this year.
That’s it for the books I’m planning on rereading this year. I’m kind of glad I decided to make an effort to focus on this because I am terrible about rereading. I spent so much time convincing myself that I always needed to read new books, and not ones I’ve already read, but I’m trying to not make so many rules for myself. Because that’s how I end up in a slump, and it’s not good. So, this year, I’m rereading my favorites and I think it’s going to be great.
Do you enjoy rereading books? Do you have a favorite book to reread? Are there any books you’re planning on revisiting this year?
P.S. I hope all of these “what I’m reading this year” posts aren’t too boring! I’m working on some other things, but it’s been a rough month and those posts are taking me more time than I had hoped. Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see from me this year (or even things you’d like to see less of).