I reread books a lot. I try to buy only the books I know I’ll reread. (Unless I’m at a used book store or a book sale or something, in which case it’s like looking for buried treasure.) However, there are few books I’ve reread more than a couple times. Obviously, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are a couple examples, and The Hunger Games is making its way onto that list. Other favorites are the Little House books, Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books, and A Little Princess. But there is one book in particular that I want to talk about today: Crown Duelby Sherwood Smith.
I came across this book at Barnes & Noble when I was in high school. I had just finished devouring every single one of Tamora Pierce’s books, and was wondering what to read next, when this one caught my eye. I read the summary on the back, and it sounded interesting. And then I noticed that Tamora Pierce actually blurbed this book – and that’s when I knew I had to read this book.
Over the weekend, I started reading Crown Duelagain for the fifth or sixth time. I think what made me fall in love with it – as with Tamora Pierce’s books – was the fact that it gave me a strong heroine to root for. And not a “strong” heroine in the sense that she kicks butt and takes names and is snarky and hates everyone, but a truly strong heroine who is smart, resourceful, courageous, and vulnerable. Also, as tough as Mel tries to play it throughout the book, she’s actually really insecure sometimes, whether it’s around boys or in how to act at court. It was something I could really relate to back then.
I still love Mel, and how awesome she is. But this time, I’m also studying it carefully, to figure out what works and why and how I can use these elements in my own story. Because, really Mel is the sort of heroine I want Calanthe to be. And the setting is so rich, so detailed, that I just want to crawl into the book and live there – which is exactly how a setting should be. (I would love to live in Mel’s castle in Tlanth in the second part of the book. I’d pretty much just live in the library and never, ever leave.)
And re-reading this book has put me in a mood. I think it might be time to re-read all of Tamora Pierce’s books. Unfortunately, they’re all in boxes in a closet at my parents’ house. But that’s the beauty of a library card…
Do you re-read books? And if so, which books do you re-read?