Hello everyone. So I am not a huge fan of rereading, I think I’ve only reread three books, maybe even two. I don’t like to reread because why spend my time reading a book where I already know whats going to happen when I can read a book where the ending is a mystery. Plus isn’t the point of reading to find out the ending of the book, isn’t that why we pick up and read in the first place? So for me, why would I read a book where I already know what is going to happen?
As you can guess from the title of this blog post, I reread Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I wasn’t planning to reread this book by any means, but Throne of Glass(ToG) was my libraries teen book club pick for the month of October. Initially I wasn’t going to reread it and I was going to rely on my excellent memories as well as go off of what other people say. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to realize some things.
The first thing I realized is that the lines between what happens in what book has become nonexistent. For instance I can’t remember if Aelin(Celaena) hooked-up with Dorian in the first book or Chaol, or did Nehemia die in book one or two. And I didn’t want to accidentally spoil things for those who have not read the full series. Secondly, the book club does a trivia and whoever gets the most points gets a free ARC. Now the first time I read ToG was probably around three years ago, and though I remember the main parts of the story, I don’t remember the little details which will sure to be questions. So I decided to reread the first book.
I was a little nervous rereading this book. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it because I already knew what happened at the end as well as the whole series. And though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I read it the first time around, it wasn’t a miserable read. Within a few chapters it became clear to me that when rereading it isn’t to find out the ending, you already know that. But more for the details, being with the characters again, and being in that world again.
I didn’t realize how much I missed the characters in this series. Rereading this makes me want to reread the whole series. One thing that was cool about rereading this was that the character growths because so much more apparent. As I read I got to see how each character grew but now reading how they started out, it just because so much clear for me. I sorta miss how Aelin, Dorian, and Chaol were in the first book. In a sense they were carefree. As the series continues each character takes on a considerable amount of weight and they have some big responsibilities. And so naturally they changed because they had to. I miss how snarky and sarcastic Aelin was in the first book. True, she is still like that throughout the series, but not nearly as much as she was in the first book. Dorian too, I miss the flirty little dude he was in the first book aha.
Another thing rereading ToG made apparent to me was how much Maas’s writing has improved. I knew it improved with each book she wrote but reading the first book she wrote and published made it easy to see just how she improved in her writing. Writing about an author’s writing style is a bit of a struggle for me so to spare you from the pain of having to read it, I am not going to compare her style from now to then, sorry.
For me, rereading took a little bit of joy out of the joy that is reading. Though I did enjoy this reread, I just felt it wasn’t the same. I already knew what was going to happen and for me, that took a little bit out of the fun of reading the book. I remember when I first read this I couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen. And this time it wasn’t like that because I already knew what was going to happen. And maybe I’m just looking at the whole rereading process in the wrong way, but it’s just how I see it.
My favorite part about rereading the book was just being with the characters again and reading funny scenes I forgot about. Like the scene where Dorian picked up the romance book Aelin is reading, I completely forgot that scene existed but it was such a funny scene and I think it is definitely one of my favorites from the book. I don’t know how soon I will be yearning to reread a book. But I do have to say it was more enjoyable than I originally thought it was going to be.