Favorite Five Books You Wish You Could Read Again For The First Time
You all know that feeling of reading a book and loving it, but knowing that the first time reading it, experiencing the characters and world, well, you’ll never be able to get that exact feeling back again no matter how many times you reread it. Unless you completely forget everything about a book, which I suppose is possible. This is one of those topics that comes up a bunch on reddit’s r/fantasy forum, so I thought I’d give a list of the books I’d choose to read again like it was the first time.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
I talk a lot about Good Omens and how it’s one of my favorite books and that remains true, especially since the mini-series came out. I reread it recently and while I still love it more than ever, I don’t think it was the same as the first time around. I’d love to have a brand new go at this one!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Well, here’s Harry Potter on one of my lists again too. I just can’t help it, it has to be on this one. I mean, I’d love to experience that sense of wonder all over again, getting to know this magical world that exists alongside our own–that first book especially was a delight.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
The first time I read this book I loved it so much I immediately read it again. And then I went into a mourning period because it was over (I believe this is known as a book hangover). I’d LOVE to experience this one again for the first time, not knowing where the story ends up, and walking the worlds of the Chinese afterlife.
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Say what you will about the Anita Blake series, this one was a game changer for me. Until then, I hadn’t read anything even remotely like a noir Urban Fantasy–I think I was still reading UF like Charles de Lint at that point (which by now most just call Contemporary or Mythic Fic). This was the first time I encountered a book like this, a world like this, characters like these and I was all about it. I’d definitely love to experience that feeling of excitement again.
The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn
I love Rawn. Her Dragon Prince books were one of the series that cemented my love for the genre back when I was in early high school and first getting into Adult SFF after transitioning out of my middle school library. This is something special. I remember reading it shortly after it came out and falling in love with her writing all over again. This book just has so much going for it and it’s such a great epic fantasy centered around sisters. I know this series will probably never be finished, and I’m okay with that because there are plenty of other books for me to read, but I’d love to experience this first one over again knowing nothing about it going into it.
Those are my picks for this week! What do you think? What are some books you’d love to read again for the first time? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!