Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Again For The First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday.

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time. I feel there may be quite a few books on this list, but at the same time I’m unsure about that. Re-reading is never quite the same as the first time, as a lot of readers can appreciate, to the occasional point of not always being as great a read as you were expecting the second time around. Of course there are going to be a lot of books I want to read and discover again for the first time. It’s magic. Anyway, enough of my rambles!

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I think about this all the time with HP. I’ve been wanting to re-read the series for awhile now, I’ve only read it once so far, but one reason I haven’t is because of how I felt about HP the first time I read it and I don’t want to lose that.
  2. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – The same goes with The Name of The Wind as I’m a sucker for well written fantasy. This is probably due to the fact I hate clichés and fantasy is full of clichés. I find it hard to come across a fantasy, which pushes all the right buttons like these first two have, and I’d say it’s one reason why I definitely want to read them again for the very first time.
  3. Chasers by James Phelan – There is a very good reason why I want a first time with this one again, but saying so would only create spoilers! It’s one of those books. A post-apocalyptic style story set in New York, the optimal place for a post-apocalypse apparently, but don’t hold that against it.
  4. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice – The book that began my love for Anne Rice’s work and I would love, love, love to have a first time with this one again! Not only because she has a great talent, but if we’re going to read ‘humanised’ vampires I would prefer these kinds! They still kill humans, there’s no sex involved, and the only time they really have any interaction love-wise with humans is as vampires playing with their food. And so they should!
  5. The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett – Same once again as the first two; well written fantasy. I would love to be able to be introduced to Arlen again and have his story slowly unfold. He is one of my favourite characters after all.
  6. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs – Going back a few years there to my childhood and one of my most read books. I still have a copy of the complete collection and I remember being completely enchanted by the story and how May Gibbs brought what is common parts of nature, in these parts, to life. I didn’t look at gum nuts, eucalyptus flowers, and banksia cones the same way again for a very long time.
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – All the suspense, adrenaline, and surprises are the main reasons for me and I ploughed through the trilogy, which is great in one way because not being able to get enough of a story is a good thing, but it means the first time is over far too quickly.
  8. Everything – Now I think of it, reading all the novels I love, have loved, and are yet to love, would be great to read for the first time again.

What would you like to read again for the first time? Don’t forget to share your lists and click on the banner to participate.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Again For The First Time

    • Hey Trish, I have met a lot of people who gave up on Anne Rice because of Interview. I never began with Interview myself, I think I read it after The Body Thief or Memnoch, and I think starting with The Vampire Lestat was probably the best decision I ever made. That was the book I got hooked on and I don’t think Interview is as good, but maybe it’s just difference in character.


  1. I had Harry Potter on my list, and would have listed The Hunger Games if another book hadn’t gotten the spot it would have fit within. I think that Lestat is a great choice, too. Anne Rice had a tremendous influence on vampire stories.


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