Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish called Top Ten Tuesday.  I'm late to the party but this week's theme really caught my attention because it's something I was talking to my daughter about a few days ago. 

Most of these books I've read many times, but I miss the first read when I didn't know what was going to happen.  When I was exploring this new world and I was so caught up in it that I couldn't stop reading and if I had to stop it was all I could think about.

So here is my list, in no particular order.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: 
I think that one of his great strengths in writing is making such interesting characters. The world of Battle School is fascinating as is the psychological manipulation.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:  
Aside from the romance which IS lovely, one of the things that I love about Jane Austen is that she understands people so well and she's able to make us laugh about it.

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld:  
This was a fun YA adventure that opened up an extra hour in the day that only some people get to experience.  I really like books that draw me into a new world that I haven't experienced before.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Another great romance and I love Jane's quiet strength.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Wow! This book was stunning and the language is often poetic.  Not lyrically poetic, more rythmic and touching.  

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Another book that drew me into a new world

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing:
I didn't think I would like this book at all.  I was desperate for something to read and so I went through my husband's library books.  I started reading this and I could not put it down.  An amazing true story.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore:
I read this because my oldest daughter couldn't stop talking about how much she loved it.  I soon found out why. : )

Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter:
I've read this book so many times from when I was a child to now.  I actually just reread it last month.  A story about a teen-aged girl growing up through tragedy to become a strong confident woman. I highly recommend it.  

I considered adding Little Women to my list but I get something different out of it each time I read it based on my age and experience.  I loved it as a child but as I get older each reading brings me more understanding of the characters and a different perspective.  I wouldn't want to give that up.

I'd love to hear your opinions on these books or the books that you would like to reread for the first time.

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  1. SOme of these I have not read, but I loved the Hugner Game series, and I always like to go back to Little Women and Gone with the Wind. I've reread the Harry Potter books and I love the Chronicals of Narnia too!

  2. I actually used your list to pick up some new books I haven't read at the library yet! :-)