This week’s topic is books we wish we could read for the first time again. There’s something magical about that moment when you realize you’re reading what will become one of your favorite books, and it would be amazing to re-experience that feeling. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great Top Ten Tuesday!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
I loved this wintery Russian-lore-inspired fantasy book and it’d be great to be able to experience the trilogy again without knowing the ending.
Lit by Mary Karr
This is one of my favorite memoirs and I’d love to be able to experience it for the first time again.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
One of the best impulse-buys I’ve ever had. An engrossingly dark tale that sweeps one into a different side of London.
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This incredible novel wraps up the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, which I’m still sad is over and I’d love to dive into it all over again.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
I read some of these when I was a kid and the rest when I was a bit older. It’d be interesting to read the series for the first time now, years and years later.
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
This was my first Smith book, and I think it’s the perfect starting point. I’d love to re-experience this one, possibly in the reverse order (since its two parts are randomly ordered in different copies of the book).
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I actually haven’t even reread this one since I first gave it a shot, but I remember how cozy and magical it felt the first time through.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This was a book whose magic captured me right from the moment Quentin steps through a gateway to Brakebills. Though I’ve reread it a few times, I’d love to experience that moment of discovery again.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Every moment of this book is filled with wisdom and wonder, and when I first read it a few years ago, I could tell I was holding a masterpiece of fantasy.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I tried revisiting Angels and Demons a few years ago and just couldn’t get into it, I think because I already knew the answers to its mysteries. I imagining this one would be the same, so I’d love to be able to rediscover its secrets.