Time for some re-reading

9 January 2015 10:00

Last Tuesday I got an e-mail from Amazon that one of my pre-orders had just been delivered. Firefight, the latest novel in Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series, had just been released. Those of you who have been around here for some time will know I was really enthusiastic about Steelheart, the first book in the series, and that I couldn’t wait for the sequel.


Well, the sequel is here now, so you’ve probably guessed that I’m going to start reading it right away.


The thing about Steelheart is, it’s been well over a year since I’ve read it. In the meantime, Brandon Sanderson released a short story set between Steelheart and Firefight:


Don’t get me wrong, I liked this story, but reading it made me realize just how much I’d forgotten about Steelheart. Character names, plot points, locations; a lot of them sounded unfamiliar. I’ve had this problem a lot recently (with, among others, Bound, by M.R. Forbes and The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks), and I think it’s a consequence of the sheer volume of books I read.

As such, I figured I’d re-read Steelheart before reading Firefight. I’m enjoying it a lot, and I figure it will greatly enhance my enjoyment of Firefight.

But why stop there?

I still have about 35 books in my unread folder on my Kindle, but a lot of those I got in bundles and cross-promotions. It’s kind of hard to get enthusiastic about reading most of them. On the other hand, there are a lot of series I’ve read that are still ongoing, and I would love reading again. This will also help as a refresher for when the next parts come out. As such, I’ve made a list of books I’ll be re-reading this year.

  1. The Dresden Files (all 15 of them, and I should probably pick up Side Jobs while I’m at it)
  2. The Demon Accords, as a refresher before I read John Conroe’s latest release
  3. The Iron Druid series (if I’m re-reading the other Urban Fantasy books I might as well re-read these, right?)
  4. The Mistborn Trilogy and The Alloy of Law

This brings me to a total of… 33 books to re-read and two new ones? Should keep me busy for a while, and I’ll probably be reading some other stuff inbetween as well, such as K.J. Colt’s fourth Healers book.

Are there any books you will be re-reading this year?