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There are several books that I tend to read over and over again; although I enjoy the story each time, inevitably some of the magic is gone because I already know the story and how it ends. This week’s list pays tribute to the books we wish we could read for the first time…again.
1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – Cliche I know, and it seems like it’s always on my lists. But who cares? It’s great and I wish I could read it again for the first time — can you imagine the tension of actually not knowing how it ends?
2. The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan) – I was completely blown away by this series, and would love to have the experience again.
3. The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde) – Hands down my favorite accidental find ever. A fantastic beginning to an even more fantastic series, set in one of the most creative and fully-realized worlds I’ve ever seen.
4. Poison Study (Maria V. Syder) – Great characters, intrigue, and lots and lots of magic.
5. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Mary Roach) – Another accidental find. I love Roach’s thorough research, as well as her hysterical asides and footnotes. All of her books are interesting and informative, although my favorite is Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.
6. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) – This book is wonderful in so many ways; I wish I could have the chance to read it for the first time again.
7. Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare) – I’ve always loved Shakespeare’s comedies, and this one is my favorite. I love Beatrice and Benedick’s verbal swordplay, and how the others conspire to make them admit their feelings for one another.
8. Graceling (Kristin Cashore) – I’ve never seen such a strong feminist character (especially in a YA novel), and it would be fun to go back and rediscover my love for Katsa.
9. The Masqueraders (Georgette Heyer) – Imagine going about for almost 25 years without having read anything by this amazing author! I’d love to go back and experience the excitement of this novel and author again.
10. The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare) – Another of Shakespeare’s comedies that I’d like to read for the first time again. More verbal swordplay and innuendo than you can shake a stick at.
Your turn! Which books would you love to experience for the first time again?