Friday, 24 December 2010

FIVE Great Re-Reads

Re-Reads is quantified as books you've LOVED so much you went back for more.  I didn't read as much this year but there were four titles that entinced me to read them again.

The Piper’s Son – Melina Marchetta
Marchetta is an author that seems to pull up better on a reread that the first. While in most author’s cases this would be detrimental, in her case it exemplified her layered approach to storytelling. The smallest detail or emotional beat can be overlooked and discovered five reads later. I find this fascinating and so enjoyable as a book nerd. The Piper’s Son (released in the US in 2011) is a sort-a-kind-a-maybe sequel to Marchetta’s sophomoric title Saving Francesca. Like everything this author does, she changed her approach up again to present a duel perspective novel from an actual young adult (SF’s Tom is 21) and an adult (Tom’s aunt, Georgie). It’s grimmer than you might expect but that makes the laughter, the music and the hope so much better. Definitely worth getting your hands on! (PSnark review)

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
This made my re-read list last year and has again this year. Where She Went comes out in 2011 and presents a different look at the world of Mia and Adam. I reread IIS as I found the US paperback release in Japan (so pretty) and wanted to dive back into that place in between. I was lucky enough to read WSW shortly after and it is such an interesting exploration of contrasts – Adam’s perspective, grief over what is no longer and how to deal with a tumult of emotions where both decisions are risky. (PSnark review)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey
Another book that has made my list for a second year in a row. I kept mentioning it to a colleague knowing that it would be her kind of read…and she loved it. I had to reread it. I find Lucius’ letters equally amusing on a repeat reading and am more impressed by Fantaskey’s portrayal of Jessica and her family with each read. She subverts the bit-lit (vampire literature) clichés nimbly and presents an assertive, everyday girl who can’t be bothered with the nonsense and becomes involved anyway. (PSnark review)

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean
This doesn't fit in the YA bracket but it does find itself in my guilty pleasure - historical romance.  Beautifully written with spark, sass and sensuality it is a fun read.  A fun....very hot read.

What about you?

Tomorrow - FIVE Most Anticipated Titles of 2011

7 comments:

Missie said...

Oh wow! You have read WSW! I'm dying to read that one. Dying!

I loved If I Stay. It is definitely a great book to re-read.

Thanks for sharing your list.

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

only four? :p
IIS and Piper's Son will be on my list when it's posted :p awesome choices!

Sharyla said...

Jessica's Guide looks really good, I went and read your review as well and am genuinly intrigued. And, it fits for a challenge I joined for 2011! Off to PBS to add it to my wish list.

Thanks! Great post.

Pixie said...

Great list! If I Stay is an amazing read, but I am not sure I am strong enough to read it over and over.

Manga Maniac said...

I haven't read any of your picks, but most of them are on my wishlist.

Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)

Nomes said...

I haven't tried Jessica's Guide. I read her jekel and hyde one and was so meh about it that I don't think I'm willing to risk buying another of hers. Hmm, maybe. Maybe my library will get it in one day?

Tesni said...

Definitely agree with you on If I Stay, and I included it on my list as well. I haven't read any of the others on your list, but The Piper's Son looks interesting.