Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

Hey everyone and happy December! This week’s prompt is books I wish I could read again for the first time. There’s nothing like reading a book and discovering the story that’s hidden within the pages. But, it also comes with the terribly sad realization that you’ll never get that same feeling again. So here’s a list of the top ten books I wish I could wipe my memory clean of, so that I could re-experience that incredible feeling of getting to know a brand new story!

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I love this book. The cast of characters, the audacity of the heist, and the incredible world building made this book one that I’d love to be able to read again for the first time.
  2. The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black – This series was so entrancing that I couldn’t put it down. It was the first time I’ve read a book that portrayed the dark side of faeries, and I loved the morally gray side of Jude.
  3. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – I didn’t love-love the first book, but I trusted everyone who said how great the series was. And they were right! I fell in love with this series, and was blown away by how everything came together over the course of all of the books.
  4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’m a total sucker for an underdog story, and this one delivered. I loved Mare’s story, and flew through this one. The rest of the series was really great, but nothing came close to this first book in my opinion.
  5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Another heist book, and I loved the writing, the beautifully diverse and quirky cast of characters, and the unique magic system. The atmospheric setting won me over, too. Who could resist late 1800s Paris?
  6. The Merciful Crow series by Margaret Owen – When I think of this series, the first word that comes to mind is WOW! I loved it so much, and I would really like the chance to reread this one for the first time. There were so many plot twists, but I can’t just forget what happened, so any reread just won’t hit the same, you know?
  7. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I had this book on my TBR for so long, and once I read it, I didn’t know why I had waited that long to actually get around to it. I loved the writing, the plot, and the characters, but I’ll never get to read it again for the first time, which makes me so sad.
  8. The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown – I honestly can’t rave enough about this series, or at least the first three books, which is as far as I’ve read. I flew through them and basically put my entire life on hold because I couldn’t think of anything else while I was in the middle of the books. There were so many incredible and unpredictable plot twists, but I’ll never be able to forget the basics, and get that same feeling of OH MY GOD DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?
  9. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London – I recently finished this book and loved it so much. It was absolutely amazing and heartwarming and fulfilling and inclusive and it felt accessible and I want every time I read this to feel like the first time.
  10. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – I’ve never read a book quite like this one, and I was engrossed from start to finish. I wish it could always feel like that, but you know the deal; once you know, you just know and can’t unknow.

What about you? What books were so good that you’d want to forget them just so you could reread them like it was for the first time?

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  1. I’ve read nearly half of these, and agree with you on every single one! Especially Six of Crows – the heist and character dynamics took my attention away from everything else around me!

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  2. I’m not sure. Sometimes rereading a book is awesome because you can pick out more details the second time around. Perhaps a book that has a major plot twist I didn’t see coming.

    Hmmm… come to think of it, maybe I’d read The Immortal Nicholas for the first time again, because as a reader, I know what really happened, but the MC doesn’t know what happened and he’s broken over it, and it just left my ugly crying the first time.

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    • Sometimes I do love rereading books where I know what’s coming because I always pick up more each time I read it, but there’s something magical about a first time reading an incredible book.

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  3. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve only read the first three series in this list and even then, I still have yet to finish the ToG series (which I love). LOL the others are on my list though and I’m so excited to check out all of them! I’ve heard so many incredible things all the time about them 🙂 Great list, Leah! It’d be so nice to be able to read some favourites again for the first time lol

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