Good morning everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s theme is Books I wish I could read again for the first time, and let me tell you, there are so many books that I wish I could re-read for the first time. I’m sure you’re going to find several repeated books (and/or book series!) through all the lists that are posted today, so I’m going to apologize in advance for probably repeating what everyone else has already said.
1 – The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
I would love to read Lord of the Rings again for the first time. I saw the movies first, and didn’t actually read the books until my freshman year of college. I bought The Hobbit before Christmas, then got the rest of the books for Christmas and spent the next few weeks reading through all of them.
I’ve re-read Lord of the Rings multiple times since then (the most recent being this past January!), but you can never recapture the magic of reading something like this for the first time. Tolkien’s work may be seen as cliché now for numerous reasons, but you have to realize that Tolkien created these fantasy clichés. There’s a reason he’s considered one of the greatest fantasy authors ever. (I will say that I’ve never managed to finish The Silmarillion, but maybe one day I’ll try again. I just don’t have the attention span for it currently.)
2 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Technically, I kind of read Six of Crows again “for the first time” because I read half of it, put it down, and didn’t pick it up again for nearly three years so I had to restart the whole thing. I didn’t remember the vast majority of the book, and therefore it might count as me reading it for the first time. The problem with heist books (and mystery books, and similar genres) is that once you read it, you already know what’s going to happen and so a lot of people don’t like re-reading these genres. I think it’s better to read through it and then read it again, because you catch so many things in later readings that you might have missed the first time around. It’s like all the little clues are just waiting for you to find them.
3 – The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Again with the mystery books. I remember not being able to put this book down until I read through the ending, and of course, once you figure out the whodunnit and the howdunnit, there’s not that much left for you to do. But, as I mentioned before, I think I’d like to re-read this one so I can look back and see what I missed the first time around. A lot of the times I miss major things because I’m reading books so fast so I can get to the end and see what happens. It’s a bad habit, I know.
4 – The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
I’ve talked about Septimus Heap and all of the books in the series multiple times on this blog (and I’ve mentioned that I still haven’t read Book 7, even though it came out in, like, 2013), and at this point it’s been almost a decade since I’ve read it (most likely I last read it in high school), so once I finish all the library books I currently have out, I’m going to take another trip back to the Castle and the Ramblings and spend some time with the Heap family. It’s been too long.
5 – The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
This will forever be my favorite science fiction book, by one of my favorite science fiction authors. I listened to the audiobook first, which was super helpful when I was actually reading it for the first time because I knew how to pronounce all of the alien names. But of course, as with all the other books on this list, once you know how everything wraps up in the end, it’s hard to get excited about specific parts because you know there’s no tension left.
6 – The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
I know I’ve basically talked about this book non-stop this year, but if there’s one book that you need to read out of either of his books, it’s The Map of Salt and Stars. The Thirty Names of Night is incredible as well, but I think I’d pick his first book over his second (mostly because I love the story of the map-maker). This is a book that I’m going to have to find a hard copy of, because I borrowed it from the library on my Kindle and had to return it.
7 – The Martian by Andy Weir
I absolutely loved The Martian, and of course once you know that he ends up getting off of Mars safe and sound, the book loses a little bit of the uncertainty and tension that it had. That’s not going to stop me from constantly re-reading it, but I would love to experience it again for the first time.
8 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This was one of my favorite books when I was in high school, and although my opinions on it have changed a little bit throughout the years, it’s still on my good side. I’d love to read it for the first time as an adult and not have the experience of dissecting it in creative writing class in high school, because I’m sure it would be a much different journey.
9 – FullMetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
As with Septimus Heap, I’ve had the final book of this series on my shelf since the very day it came out, and yet I still can’t bring myself to read the finale. I haven’t even watched Brotherhood, only the original series, because this was such a large part of my high school years and I don’t want to believe it’s actually over. One day I’ll sit down and read the entire thing from start to finish, but it may be a few years before I’m able to do so.
10 – Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
Okay, so I’ll be honest – I attempted to read this book and couldn’t get into it. This is a book that really needs to be listened to. And it’s absolutely incredible. The humor is perfect, the characters are great, and it’s just a wild ride all the way through. Pick this one up on Audible; you won’t regret it.
And there you have it – ten books (more or less) that I would absolutely love to be able to read again for the first time. Did any of them make it onto your list? Do you have any suggestions for a book that I could read for the first time? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.