I love rereading books. Getting to hang out with characters and experience their stories all over again. Some of my favorite books have been reread dozens of times. I think every book on the list I’m going to go through today have been read at least 5 times each, and some more than that.
Fury, Stallion of Broken Wheel Ranch by Albert G. Miller
This was my first choice pick for rereading this week. I purchased a softcover copy with this exact cover image from my hometown library about 15 years ago. When I went to look for it in my house… it was nowhere to be found. ☹ I think it’s probably still banging around my parent’s house somewhere, though I thought I’d taken all my books when I moved out.
I didn’t realize I didn’t have my copy until it was too late to order one for this week (because I like to be super prepared weeks in advance… uh. Procrastination.), and the local library and Bookman’s I checked out didn’t have it (which isn’t really a surprise, if a local library was essentially throwing it out 15 years ago…)
Anyways, this book was life for me for several years through my childhood! I was definitely a “horse girl” and this book fulfilled all of my horsey fantasies. Orphan boy gets adopted by horse ranchers, then ends up becoming besties with a wild horse that only he can manage to tame! It was an exciting and fun read, and also was the reason I became obsessed with barbecue sauce on my hotdogs for about 2 solid years! I haven’t reread it in a long time, so I was really hoping this would be a good opportunity, but oh, well. Soon!
“You’ve changed, too, you know,” she said, understanding my look, or reading my mind – I was afraid to think which. “You’re not the timid little sister anymore. I’d feel shy meeting the new Addie – that is, if I were ever shy to begin with.”
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
This book is exactly the kind of fantasy I have loved for ages. I think I first read it when I was about 12, and it’s remained a favorite ever since. The sister relationship reminded me of myself and one of my sisters, plus there was a great romance to boot. I love a story about someone being brave without realizing it. They’re just doing what’s necessary in the moment, then look back and see how far they’ve come!
Also this cover is still one of my absolute favorite book covers. I have always adored that now older-style fine art painting as book covers. Really not that into the photomanipulation that is so common these days.
The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight by Gerald Morris
This is the first book I ever read by Gerald Morris, and is probably still my all-time favorite out of all of his, though I did really love the romance in The Quest of the Fair Unknown, (which I think I’ve only read once… Yikes!)
This is another story of a girl just kind of doing what she needs to get done, and ending up in situations that are far beyond her normal experiences, but making it through. She starts out alone and scared, just surviving in the woods, but ends up a heroine, chatting it up with King Arthur’s knights, surrounded by friends and family.
Never in Katie’s life had she had to make such a difficult decision. She opened her mouth and forced the words before she could change her mind. “Okay, Mr. Ellis, you’ve got yourself a deal.” She saw the admiration in his eyes when he reached out to shake her trembling hand. Cindy looked like the cat that ate the canary.
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
I’ve always loved a good fairytale retelling, and this one is an incredible version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, though in this story it’s cut down to just 5. This is another story with a great sister relationship. I really like how it shows the ways a sibling relationship can change through the years. How you can misunderstand each other, or realize through disappointments that your expectations on them are unfair or unrealistic. It mirrors my relationship with one of my own sisters.
A well-developed world is one of the best parts of good fantasy novels, and I really enjoyed this one! It masterfully played with themes of random happenstance vs. meaningful and intentional events. Loss, perseverance, betrayal and trust all were a part of it. And the love interest?? *swooooooon*
Willow King by Chris Platt
This is my actual choice for rereading this week! This is one I’ve reread so many times that the spine cracked on the book itself. I’ve been very gentle with it since then, though. Back to the horse stories! This is such a beautiful story of a girl and the horse she believes in – so much that she’s willing to make huge sacrifices herself to help him grow from ‘useless’ foal with twisted legs to a healthy stallion ready to take on the racetrack!
I always identified with Katie, not just because she was a horse lover, but because she was mostly kind of shy and introverted. When it mattered though, she spoke up when she saw an injustice about to take place, and discovered she had a lot more strength than she gave herself credit for.
So, those are some of my old favorites! What’s one of your old favorites to reread?
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