Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the 1st Time
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
Some books are magic. They truly transport you to a different world, a different time. They play vivd games with your imagination and leave you yearning for the chance to explore and dream. Yep, some books are just magic. And I often wish I had the chance to revisit some of these worlds, some of these places and time periods again for the first time. Sometime I go back and re-read books or parts of books or reviews of books, but it's never the same. Occasionally it's better. You see and understand more than you did the first time around. But it's different and a little piece of the magic is gone.
So here are ten books that I wish I could re-read again for the first time. What's on your list?
1) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
No surprise here. This is one of my favorite books of all time. Talk about magic! Each chapter led me through a mysterious circus, entertained by mysterious and quirky characters. Oh to visit again for the first time!
2) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This man got me. I'm not a huge gamer, but I got him too. I really wish I could read again and feel the same excitement for each pop culture reference I knew and truly appreciated. I keep meaning to listen to Wil Wheaton's audiobook narration...maybe that will feel like the first time?
3) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
I would make a terrible detective, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love another shot to solve the mystery (which I really didn't the first time around).
4) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
AHHH! This book. I just. I wish. Deep breath and let's try this again. This book crushed me to my very core. And despite that, I want to relive it all again.
5) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
It's the end. The hardest literary end I've ever had to face. It broke me and it gave me hope all at the same time. What Potter lover wouldn't want to relive it all again for the first time?
6) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
If you've never visited before...I love this book. And if you've stopped by a time or two, this really can't come as surprise. I've not hidden my affections for this series and it's author. A great read with a spectacular twist, and characters that I want to fall in love with all over again.
7) Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen
Surprise ending! Such a great connection of new fantasy to classic literature. Would love to relive that moment!
8) Unwind by Neal Shusterman
This book blew my mind. It terrified me and challenged me and and left me thinking and pondering weeks after I read it. I've been meaning to reread it so that I can continue on with the series. Will it have the same effect again?
9) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I missed so much...in that it took me forever to figure out what was happening. And then, when I did figure it out...mind blown! I'd like to think that maybe I learned to keep my eyes open reading, but I'm pretty sure I'd be clueless the second time around. It would definitely be worth it for that "wow" moment again though.
10) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I loved this book. I loved the connection with fairytales, the terrifying characters, and (maybe a little strangely) the loss of innocence. It's a story about the power of stories, and for that I love it. And maybe I've waited long enough that a re-read will still be magical.