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

October 10th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week features a different topic, and you make a top ten list about it. This week is the Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time.

“There are just some books that leave you with such deep, intense feeling when you finish it for the first time. We’ve all experienced this at one time or another. The bad thing is, there’s really no way we can go back and experience that feeling again, even with multiple rereadings. We already know what happens, if there are plot twists, a surprise ending, who the main characters ends up with , who dies, etc.”

I couldn’t come up with 10 but here are my top 6 picks:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: one of my all time favorite classics.  I know Mr. Darcy was insufferable but I just love watching Lizzie and Darcy falling for each other.
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling: do I even have to say why?
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: this was such an amazing series.  I had never heard of it when I first picked it up and it totally blew me away and I blazed my way through it.  I would love to go through it again for the first time and take my time reading it.
  4. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith: this was one of my all time favorite series growing up and unfortunately it did not live up to my memories of it when I re-read it a couple years ago.  I would love to go back to the first time I read it.
  5. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey: this was the first book I read in the Valdemar series which has become one of my all time favorite series.  It opened this amazing world that I couldn’t get enough of.
  6. All the Julie Garwood historical novels: I love these books so much.  She’s so funny and I just love the characters she comes up with.

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11 Responses

  1. Kathleen Ann Coleman

    I listed Harry Potter, too. As for The Vampire Diaries, I only know about the TV show and I’ve heard that it and the books are quite different.

  2. Anne Bennett

    Mercedes Lackey is one of the authors I keep meaning to try. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. trish

    P&P is a fun read, isn’t it?

  4. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    1, 2 & 3 are all on my list this week as well. And yay, a fellow Julie Garwood lover! I’ve read all her books and I love them <3

  5. Priya

    I’d like to read the Vampire Diaries for the first time too. But this time, I’d like to go back and read it before the tv series came out. It’s nice too, but the constant comparisons kind of spoiled the books for me..

  6. Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile

    I agree completely with The Vampire Diaries. I went back and reread them a year or so ago, and they did not have that same magic that I remembered. I’ve also got HP and The Hunger Games on my list. Here’s the complete list.

  7. melissa @ 1lbr

    Oh I’d love to discover Lizzy and Darcy all over again too!

  8. Debbie's World of Books

    Kathleen-yup, the VD books are very different.

    Anne-I definitely prefer Lackey’s older stuff but love the Valdemar series!


    Alexa-yay for another Garwood fan!

    Priya & Andrea-yes, I think I would have enjoyed the tv series more if I hadn’t read the books.


  9. Lindsey

    You know…I didn’t include Pride and Prejudice on my list, but after thinking about it, I should have! It’s weird because I’m pretty sure everybody knows how it ends, but just think about how fun it’d be reliving that for the first time :)

  10. Lucy

    I listed The Hunger Games too. Lots of us would like to experience them again for the first time. I finished reading The Vampire Diaries just before the series aired. The books are so different than the show, but both are good. I’ll have to check out the Julie Garwood books sometime. They sound really fun. Nice, diverse list!

  11. The1stdaughter (Danielle)

    You know, I’ve had The Vampire Diaries books on my shelf since forever (way before the tv show) and I still need to read them. But isn’t it sad that books just don’t seem like how you remembered them? I hate that!

    But seriously! Great list! :)

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