A few days ago, while
wasting time on Twitter, I spotted a tweet by a fellow blogger linking to her latest post about books that had fell ‘Between The Cracks’ This week it was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and my immediate response was “I’m Jealous”. OK, that may seem a fairly odd response, but oh! how I wish I could read that book again for the first time! I absolutely adored the intricate, spellbinding world in this book and was absolutely mind blown. It’s a feeling that just can’t be recaptured in subsequent readings. (My original review is HERE if you would like to see just how much I did love it)
It got me thinking about other books that I really, really wish I had never read JUST so I could experience them for the first time again. Two more immediately sprang to mind. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack is one I’m sure lots of people will feel the same about. I was bought this book as a gift when it first came out, and to be honest, wasn’t really sure it would be for me. I read a LOT of chick lit back then and stuck with the same, safe authors and formats I was familiar with and wasn’t sure I liked the idea of Death as the narrator. If The Book Thief taught me one thing, it was to open my mind more to the wonderful world of books. Actually, it taught me much more than this. It was life changing.
The other book that jumps right out as a book I’d love to experience for the first time again is one that I count as my favourite book of all time, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I was so utterly blown away, madly in love, breathtakingly mesmerised by this book, when I turned the last page I immediately went back to the beginning and read it again. I’ve read it a tonne of times since, but never has been as magical as that very first time.
I’m not that much of a re-reader. Like book lovers the world over, my ‘want to read’ piles and lists mean there isn’t enough hours in the day (or night). I have read these three books again (and again) though, and no doubt I’ll carry on pulling them out every now and then as they remain firm favourites. But, damn, I wish I could read them again for the very first time!
Do you have books you’d love to experience for the first time again? Let me know in the comments or write a post of your own and feel free to come back and link to it.