Sundays In Bed With…A Court of Thorns and Roses

The Sundays in Bed With… meme, hosted by Midnight Book Girl, dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is my first re-read of this series, starting with A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. I’m buddy reading this series with Chris at Biblio Nerd Reflections. He wants to read more series as part of his 2023 bookish goals and I want to re-read it. Perfect timing. This is my first time buddy reading with anyone and it’s pretty fun.

This time around I chose a different format and am listening to the graphic audio version of the book. It is so cool to listen to this type of audiobook. It’s like a movie in my head. It also changes the reading experience. Certain action descriptions written in the book that raised red flags for me are instead acted out on audio and don’t seem as concerning. I remember not being particularly impressed with the writing style when I first read it. But that aspect isn’t noticeable on audio. It’s also a lot easier to get caught up in the emotion of the scene (poor wolf and fairy). But the most fun part about rereading this book is noticing all the breadcrumbs that I completely missed during my first read through.

About the Book

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Age Category: New Adult/Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publish Date: June 2, 2020 (first published May 5, 2015)
Print Length: 448

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

From bestselling author Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive, breathtaking book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into an unforgettable read.

8 thoughts on “Sundays In Bed With…A Court of Thorns and Roses

  1. I’m really interested in the idea that you’re enjoying this more in the audio version. I never read audio books and hadn’t ever thought about how it might change your feelings about the book. I love rereading books because you do notice things on a reread that you missed before.

    1. This graphic audio (full cast of actors, music, etc.) is amazing. The only other graphic audio I’ve listened to was The Hobbit, which was awesome as well. I’m also surprised at how different the reading experience is. I enjoyed the book and would happily reread it in physical book format, but the graphic audio definitely hits differently. What’s also interesting to me is that it makes it easier for me to pay attention (I don’t retain information as well when it’s spoken) because there are other auditory clues about what’s going on. Granted, it also helps that I’ve read it before. Definitely give a graphic audio a try!

  2. Hi Celeste,

    I can honestly say, that I love re-reading any of SJMs books. Even the German translations are very good and catch the depths of the emotions in it. Mostly, I miss those with German versions.
    Anyway, I might re-read this series this year as well, because I still have to read Silver Flame and the German version Silberne Flamme. So far, I just listened to the English and German audiobooks.

    But yeah, you are right, all the little breadcrumbs you find, when re-reading is a lot of fun. But that also happens when you re-watch a movie or series. Something so trivial all of a sudden becomes soooo much meaning. ❤️


    1. You’re absolutely right about how finding breadcrumbs while re-reading is a lot of fun! It’s been a loooong time since I re-read anything. I highly endorse re-reading SJM’s ACOTAR series before reading Silver Flames. Silver Flames was published relatively shortly after I finished reading ACOTAR for the first time, so everything was more or less fresh in my memory. Do you like the English and German audiobooks equally?

  3. Ooh, interesting! I didn’t realise it was a dramatized adaptation. I actually don’t remember much about the ACOTAR series although this was the second one I read by Maas, and at the time I think I was still enjoying her ToG series more. ? Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the audio once you finish it! I’ve been thinking about re-reading this book for a while now, just so I can write a review, lol. Maybe this year! Happy reading 🙂

    1. Yes! The dramatized adaptation was published last year, I think. I remember fellow SJM fans on IG chattering about it in their stories, etc. If you re-read it, definitely consider listening to this audiobook version…I think it changes the reading experience. TOG is still one I need to read. I might make it a backburner series read so that I can read it whenever I have time.

  4. Buddy reading is so much fun! I try to do at least one buddy read each month and in the last six months, I’ve often done as many as three per month. I’m currently doing two month-long buddy reads. One for Jade Legacy (I’ve been buddy reading the whole series with a friend on bookstagram) and one for A Darker Shade of Magic (which is a reread for me). I’m also starting up a buddy read of The Hunger Games this week (another reread). It’s so fun to have someone to talk with about the story as you go!

    1. I’ve seen others buddy reading and always thought it sounded like a fun thing to do. But I was always hesitant because I try to stay away from any sort of pressure while reading. So I think having my first buddy read be a re-read for me is a nice introduction, because I don’t feel stressed about being too far behind (in my case). Being able to share reactions has been fun, though.

      Jade Legacy! I’ve seen good comments about that series. Obviously I’d like to read it, too, but to be honest there are others things I’d like to read first. 😉

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