I’ve never understood those who read a novel and never return to it. If a novel moves your heart or soul then it’s worth reading again. And maybe yet again. Sound odd? Not really. I have a small collection of novels that I’ve re-read time and again. Small—well, I’m not counting but it’s less than a library! Small—such a relative word. *grin* The point being, I just re-read the final book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series AND re-read the final book in her Infernal Devices series. In the near future I’ll re-read Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Those are only three books that I revisit now and then. You see, those books speak to me. As a writer, I like knowing how all the loose ends of a series of novels are tied up in the final book. I enjoy the clever way authors like Morgenstern entwine the stories of two couples who are actually years apart yet come together in the end. To be honest, in Night Circus, I didn’t catch the timeline thing until I read the book the second time! I’ve read it a third time and so many things now make more sense. You see, if a book is well-written, with intriguing characters and fascinating plot twists then you just have to read it more than once to get the sense of the whole. Nothing against those who read once then move on. But I applaud those who move on yet take a step aside at times to revisit old friends in the world of books.
Let’s see…I’ve read the Twilight, Hunger Games and Beautiful Creatures Young Adult book series. My oldest daughter-in-law got me hooked on the last two series. Seems like I’m forgetting one series but perhaps not.
Now we’re reading the Clockwork series which leads into the Mortal Instruments series. I think we’re in it for the long haul as the Clockwork series has three books and the Mortal Instruments series has five. The first book of the Instrument series is now a movie—City of Bones. There again, I have to wonder how the book translated into the movie. If anyone’s read the book then seen the movie, chime in and let us know how they compare.
I’ve enjoyed the first book in the Clockwork series—Clockwork Angel. The cast of characters number near ten and they carry over to all three books. Here again the genre is paranormal, like Twilight and Beautiful Creatures. Hunger Games is more about the effects of war and violence on young people, using technology rather than magic. To some extent all the series explore this topic but use different venues. Twilight explores the difference between humans, wolf shifters and vampires while the Beautiful Creatures series deals with humans versus those with magical powers. All forms of war and all with the violence to prove it.
While I have enjoyed reading adult fiction for years, I find that now I am hooked on young adult fiction as well. Who knew!