Six for Sunday: Books I want to reread
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet …
Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.
But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.
I loved this one the first two times I read it – recently I read the first three chapters out loud to more than 600 children so I now really want to read it yet again!
See my full review, 5 reasons why you should read it, my interview with Catherine Doyle and my round-up of the book launch earlier this year. You can also read the first few chapters here to see if it’s for you (Spoiler: It is!)
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
While visiting her grandmother’s house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby – a girl Tanya’s grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker’s son, is tormented by the girl’s disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. Can it help them to unravel the mystery? Soon they are facing terrible danger. Could the manor’s sinister history be about to repeat itself?
I loved this when I first read it, yet had to wait for ages in between each book. Now that I have them all in the one place I would like to reread this series. I am sure that it will be just as magical the second time around!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
When I first read this I loved it, yet it was the first of Leigh Bardugo’s books that I had read. Now that I have read the Grisha Trilogy and The Language of Thorns, I would like to reread the Six of Crows to see if my experience of reading it is different this time around.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
This is a comfort read for me – I love everything about it so much! I also love the Studio Ghibli adaptation and think that it is perfect too (despite being different). Diana Wynne Jones just does magic right!
The Ink Dark Moon by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu
These translated poems were written by two ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors’ sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment.
These poems were my first introduction to the Heian court and Japanese poetry, deepening an interest and sparking off a fascination that was eventually to lead to me studying early Japanese history in Japanese in Japan! I am planning to reread these soon as something about them feels perfect for this time of year. Also, while they resonated strongly with me when I first read them (as a teenager, speaking only a few words of the language), I am interested to see how my attitude towards them may have changed with greater maturity and understanding of Japanese culture, history and language, as well as my familiarity with Heian literature and Chinese poetry.
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.
But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.
Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.
Guess who’s here again? This book makes regular appearances! I am planning a reread of this entire series soon, in preparation for reading the novella and Book 4 which will hopefully be out at the beginning of next year. I never get tired of rereading this!
What did you think of my choices?
Which books do you often reread or would like to reread?
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