TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I wish I could read again for the first time

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is one close to my heart. If I could pick any superpower (other than invisibility or flying), I would definitely pick the power of being able to forget a book I’d read so that I was able to read it again for the first time. There’s nothing better than discovering a new favourite – that feeling of excitement in your chest when you realise that you’re reading something really special – and these ten books are ones which I know would give me that feeling over and over again.

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things is a love letter to female friendships and teenage mental health. I know I loved this book because I gave it an absolutely gushing review, but I also read it when I wasn’t feeling very well. That means I can remember NOTHING about the plot, the characters or the writing. When I do reread it, I’ll be basically reading it for the first time, but because I have already read it before, I’ll have extremely high expectations and I’m worried I’ll end up being disappointed. If I could just reread this for the first time while not being ill, that would be a dream.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I only read Behind Her Eyes last year, but I already wish I could read it again for the first time. It’s one of the only thrillers which has had me putting down the book and literally SCREAMING when it got to the twist, and I want to experience that level of excitement again!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Controversial, putting one of my least favourite books of all time on this list, but it makes sense in my head. I read The Fault in Our Stars after reading Looking For Alaska – which is one of my favourite books of all time – and I couldn’t understand the hype that TFIOS was getting when Alaska was so underappreciated. If I could read this again for the first time, with distance from the hype and with lower expectations, I don’t think I’d hate it quite as much, but at this point I hate it so much that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to even reread it!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

I flew through Foundryside because I found it impossible to put down, but looking back I wish I’d savoured it a bit more. Robert Jackson Bennett’s writing is reminiscent of Pierce Brown (who may be featuring in this book a bit later on…), and it’s was so enjoyable reading this steampunk-inspired fantasy heist.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is one of those books that everyone should read. I loved it, and I thought Angie Thomas was so brave for standing up and speaking about something which matters to her – which impacts an entire section of the American population, whose experiences often get dismissed or diminished – and using this debut novel to do a world of good.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

I only read Project Hail Mary earlier this month, but I’m already thinking of it as a new favourite book. Andy Weir manages to write an epic space quest aiming to save humanity, while somehow managing to give it a cosy and comfortable feel. It’s literal perfection.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I need to reread Rebel of the Sands so that I can finally carry on with the next two books in the series, but I struggle to find the motivation to reread books. I wish I could read this again for the first time – with books two and three already released – so that I could binge the series in one go, because I think that’s what I’m going to end up doing when I finally pick up Alwyn Hamilton’s debut for the second time.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve read Red Rising lots of times. Last count I think I’d read it either five or six times, and for someone who hardly ever rereads that’s a huge amount. Each time I pick it up, I experience a little bit of the spark that I felt when I read it the first time around, but it would be nice to be able to meet all of these characters again for the first time, not knowing who was going to end up being a favourite and who was going to break my heart.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. helped me realise that I was bisexual, and that that was an okay thing to be. I loved it from start to finish, read it in almost one sitting, fell in love with the characters and laughed and cried throughout the story. I’d love to be able to read Simon vs. again for the first time and rediscover the magic that made me adore this book with my whole heart.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I reread Strange the Dreamer for the first time a couple of months ago, and found myself looking towards the events which happen later in the book rather than letting myself get fully absorbed in the lyrical writing Laini Taylor uses to describe the early days of Lazlo’s life. I still loved it and I still gave it five stars, but I missed that feeling of having no idea where the story was going!

And those are ten books I’d love to read again for the first time! Leave your links down in the comments so I can see which books you’d love to revisit.

Thank you for visiting this Top Ten Tuesday post, and I’ll see you tomorrow with a blog tour stop!

Alyce

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