Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week, I’ve decided to go off script to showcase the Books I Wish I Could Read For the First Time Again.
These are all books that I loved; some of which I’ve already re-read while the rest are ones I plan to re-read in the future. As much as I love re-reading, it can’t quite match my first time reading the titles below. If only someone could invent a way to erase our memory of a specific book so we could go on to experience it for the first time again and again…
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I’m sure I’ll enjoy The Secret History whenever I decide to re-read it, but I doubt anything can match that first reading experience. It’s a book that grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I was instantly engrossed in this classic when I first picked it up as a pre-teen. I’d love to be able to re-capture the feeling of reading it for the first time without having any idea of what was going to happen next.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I still find myself thinking about that gut-punch of an ending.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
With its ending that I also find myself thinking about, The Little Stranger is an atmospheric and unsettling read that I wish I could read again with a blank slate.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Nothing will quite live up to the first reading of And Then There Were None. Not even other Christie novels.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
In spite of the fact that this will be a book I re-read over and over, I’m a tiny bit sad I’ll never get to meet the Mortmains for the first time again.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’m not exactly in a hurry to sob as much as I did when I first read The Book Thief, but it was definitely an unforgettable and impactful reading experience.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I’d love to dream of Manderley again for the very first time.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Choosing Pride and Prejudice from the bookstore shelf as a pre-teen was a magical moment in my reading life. I’d love to go back to my first introduction with Austen, before I ever knew how much her works would come to mean to me.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
I remember being on the edge of my seat while reading Jackson’s creepy masterpiece. I had no idea where it was headed, and I’d love to experience that unsettling thrill again.
Which book(s) do you wish you could experience for the first time again?