Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I reread Caraval and Legendary and here's how it went

So. I do not do rereads. I've reread are the first few in the Harry Potter series and a couple of the Chronicles of Narnia. I also reread Twilight a couple years ago and HATED it. There are just so many books that I want to read for the first time that it's hard for me to justify reading something that I've already read. BUT it actually went really well and I was surprised! I finished both in a week (which is kind of fast for me???) and loved every minute of it! To commemorate this occasion, I'd like to share some of my observations and experiences.

  • I am THE perfect person to reread books. I forget details a week after I read a book (or watch a movie) so almost everything is just as surprising the second time! I literally forgot almost every single reveal. 
  • That being said, I don't forget huge events and I definitely remembered who Legend was. It was super interesting reading back through both books knowing who Legend was all along. I especially loved seeing him interacting and weaving his half truths to keep his identity concealed. 
  • I completely did not remember that all of Caraval took place inside of a house. 
  • Legend. Why have I been thinking that he wore black all the time? He wears blue.
  • I usually hate when a series changes main characters between books, but Stephanie Garber is a wizard. While reading Caraval I couldn't remember why I liked Tella more, but while reading Legendary I couldn't remember why I liked Scarlett so much. 
  • I feel like I remember a time when it was uncertain whether Caraval was meant as a standalone, but how?? Reading it a second time, it's so obvious that it was always meant to be a first in a series. I may not have made it had there not been a second one written. 
  • Speaking of the second book, SCARLETT WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? No spoilers, but I don't like it. 
  • And Jacks... I can't wait to see what comes of him. I definitely hope he plays a big part in Finale. (I have literally already forgotten how Legendary ended... again.) 
  • SO many scents I can use for new candles from book one! In book two, she takes to describing scents as random things that don't have smells. 
  • There's something oddly comforting about rereading a book that you already know you adore.

I will probably be back sometime soonish with a fancast because I am 100% refusing to believe that this will never be a movie trilogy. I am so excited for Finale I can hardly contain myself! Especially seeing the ARCs starting to go out. I also think that this may lead to more rereads. The Hunger Games is one that I would especially like to get back around to sometime soon.

Do you reread books? Why or why not?
What is a favorite you'd like to read again soon?
Let me know in the comments!