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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #8: Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time


Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.



Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! Today's topic of the Top Ten Tuesday is a little different. The challenge is called "Rewind", and you get to pick a topic to revisit, either one that you already did, or one that you missed out on. I decided to pick out an oldie, but very good theme:

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

  1. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling - It was kind of obvious that this would be here. I remember being in my last year of middle school. It was winter, and I remember reading The Goblet Of Fire under the blankets, with a flashlight (it sounds cool, but it isn't, because THAT'S HOW I RUINED MY EYES!). And I remember trying to be sneaky and not move or make a sound (the door to my room was actually made mostly of glass, so if anyone wanted to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, they'd know I was awake at a really late hour), and being so happy with being in the Wizarding World for a few hours at night. Full disclosure: my Mom did catch me eventually, because one night I fell asleep on my book, it was so late. Got in trouble for that, because "you're supposed to sleep more than a few hours, you're too young to stay up that late", which I agree with, but it was still fun. I want that feeling back, and so I'd love to read Harry Potter for the first time again.
  2. And I Darken - Kiersten White - This is one book that scared me a little bit, to be honest. Reading a book about one of your country's national heroes is not an easy thing to do, mostly because you expect things to be... let's say seen from a different perspective than what your history books say about him/her. And when you're talking about the guy most people call Dracula and think he was a vampire, it makes the reading experience a hell of a lot more scary. Having read it now, I'd love to read it again for the first time, without having that fear, that somehow the book would show Vlad in a bad or wrong light. Sure, Vlad is a girl in this book, but it's still a great representation of the historical figure, even if with a few changes. The important thing here, I think, is that it can serve as a conversation starter, and it's one of the things I absolutely love about the book. And it also can spark a need for knowledge of World History, which is always great.
  3. Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead - This is probably one of my Top 5 favorite series of all times, so of course I'd love to read it again for the first time. 
  4. The Dead House - Dawn Kurtagich - One of the most mind-bending books I've ever read, I'd love to go back and read it again for the first time. 
  5. The Hunchback - Paul Feval - One of the oldest books I've read, and also my very first book boyfriend. I've loved this book ever since I first read it, back in middle school, before Harry Potter came along. 
  6. Chieftain - Arnette Lamb - Oh man, this is one of my favorite historical romances that I've ever read, and I've read a few. Not many, but enough to be confident to say this. There are four books in this series, if I'm not mistaken. I've only read the last two, and I loved them both. I hope they still sell the other two books in the series. But yes, I'd definitely love to read this book again for the first time.
  7. Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit/Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien - Another favorite of mine. Back in the day, I read it in Romanian, which was good, but I'd love to erase that and read it all again in English. Chances are, even if I do read it now in English, it might seem like a different book, just because there are tons of stuff lost in translation, no matter how good that translation is.
  8. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - The first book I ever read in English. I think I was about 12. Would love to read it again for the first time.
  9. Southern Vampires Mysteries - Charlaine Harris - My first Urban Fantasy/Paranormal book, I'd love to read it again for the first time.
  10. Robin Hood - In case you don't know this, there are tons of books with and about the famous outlaw. I've read only two of them, one by Alexandre Dumas, and another book that I can't remember much about, not the title and definitely not the author. I do remember though that it wasn't so much about Robin Hood himself, but about one of the men that follow him. Not Little John though, although that would be awesome! Anyway, I'd love to read the original version of the story, without having all of the information from different books, movies and TV shows floating around in my head, to sort of influence the reading experience, if it makes sense.
That's it guys, ten books I'd wish I could read again for the first time. What about you? Are there any books you want to read again for the first time?



11 comments:

  1. These are great books! I'd want to reread them too. Cool choice for the freebie this week. :)

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    1. Thank you :D And thank you for stopping by :D

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  2. I feel like there was a lot of hype for And I Darken and that book was pretty disappointing.
    Here is our TTT
    http://tanglednbooks.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-ten-tuesday-33-top-ten-tuesday.html

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    1. Aw, I'm sorry you felt that way :( Thanks for stopping by :D

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  3. I think it was in a Richelle Mead books where one of the characters was sad that she could only read a book for the first time once. I can relate to that.
    And I like your picks! I definitely wish I could read Harry Potter for the first time again. And I would love to read Austen again for the first time but I'd choose Persuasion. IT's one of my favourite books!
    Great choice of topic for this week!

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    1. Right? It's totally relatable to wish to read a book for the first time.
      Thank you! To my great shame, Pride and Prejudice is the only Austen book I've ever read. It's probably because I fear none of her other characters will be as great as Lizzy and Mr. Darcy (especially Mr. Darcy!).
      Thanks for stopping by :D

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  4. I would love to discover Harry for the first time too! I read them to my daughter so I could share her first time too ☺ I really liked And I Darken but wow it must have been amazing to read it with the background knowlege of the real story. My TTT

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    1. Hehe, it's always wonderful to see when someone discovers the magic in Harry Potter, isn't it? So glad you could share that with your daughter!
      But see, that's the thing. Reading the book, and then doing a tad bit of research, made me realize that not always history books give you the real story. I think they just give out a nicer version of the story, and if the historical figures in question happen to become national heroes, then the stories are exaggerated in a way. Thank you for stopping by :D

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  5. I would love to discover Harry for the first time too! I read them to my daughter so I could share her first time too ☺ I really liked And I Darken but wow it must have been amazing to read it with the background knowlege of the real story. My TTT

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  6. I'd definitely love to be able to read Harry Potter for the first time too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/top-ten-tuesday-69/

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  7. I would love to read HP again for the first time, too! :)
    Check out my TTT.

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