When I was writing a post on why I reread a little while ago, I realised I actually reread a lot of series. Well, that doesn’t quite explain exactly what I do. I don’t sit down and reread an entire series multiple times (though there are a few series I want to do a big reread for). By “rereading a series” I mean that for my favourite series, every time a new sequel was released I’d reread every single book in the series before getting to the new book.
You can see how for some series, that’s a lot of time spent rereading! I have NO REGRETS about it though. It refreshes my memory on all the tiny details I might have missed and I get to spot all the foreshadowing clues that were scattered in the past story.
This isn’t something I’ve done recently thanks to life. Most of the time now I read the first book, then don’t get around to the sequels until the final book is out so I end up doing just one big series binge instead. I kind of miss the rereading.
Anyway, here are 5 series that I reread for every instalment:
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
You’ve all heard of this fantasy series. Now, this series is eight books long. And most are 400+ pages. That’s a crazy amount of time rereading. That didn’t stop me from doing full rereads for the first 7 books. Life getting in the way did restrict my time when Kingdom of Ash came out so I only reread from Queen of Shadows onward for that. I want to do a full series reread sometime soon because I’m kind of missing these characters.
The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This is a fun YA sci-fi series made up of three companion novels with an overaching plot (by that I mean it’s like Illuminae. There’s an overarching plot connecting the three books, but each book has a different set of main characters and its own plot line). I can’t actually remember if I reread These Broken Stars when the second book came out, but I definitely did a binge reread when the last book came out. I’m overdue read it again, I think.
Witchlands by Susan Dennard
THIS SERIES! It’s an epic YA high fantasy. At first the plot seems pretty straight forward, but the further we go, the deeper the lore gets and the better the plot twists. One of the best things about rereading this series is picking up on all the little bits of lore I didn’t think were important before and realising they are actually very significant and not at all what I was expecting.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This series is great but has some really obscure lore. The reason I loved rereading this was the same as for Witchlands. Rereading allowed me to pick up on all the little details and pieces of foreshadowing I didn’t notice when I first read the book. This is another series that I haven’t reread since I finished The Raven King but probably should sometime soon.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This was a series I reread for each instalment just because I really enjoyed it more than anything else. A collection of sci-fi fairy tale retellings, how could I not love it? My favourite was Cress. I think I might also sneak this onto my TBR again…
Other Honourable Mentions
Other series I reread for each book include:
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (Yep, I’m a SJM rereader! I plan on rereading House of Blood and Earth when the sequel comes out too)
- The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
- All of Jay Kristoff’s books really
- Shadowfell series by Juliet Mariller (these are only 200-300 pages each, so not so big of a deal compared to other books on this list)
- The Grisha books by Leigh Bardugo
- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Do you reread previous books in series in preparation for sequels?