10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time #TopTenTuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

August 24, 2021

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Top Ten Tuesday:
10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time and the 2021 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

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This is a difficult topic for me because I believe that first reads are best! I’m a “one and done” reader and I’m not a rereader (well…rarely a rereader). However, there are a few books I’d like to read again for the first time (if I had a time machine) simply to recapture the “book hangover,” the pleasure, or the memorable reading experience.

I’d love to hear from YOU!

If you had a time machine, what is the number one book you’d like to read again for the first time? Do we share any titles?


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(in no particular order)

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

Project Hail Mary by Any Weir (on audio!)

If you’ve experienced Project Hail Mary you know! If you’ve read the print version, you might want to consider a reread via the audio format! Even though there’s a lot of science and math that I was tempted to skim, I was pleasantly surprised by the alien and the powerful friendship theme in this sci-fi page-turner. Amaze! Amaze! Amaze!

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

A Place For Us by Farheen Fatima Mirza

I will never forget the emotional reading experience that this story provided. I loved the way this book ended with a passage from the father’s point of view! (One of my favorite endings ever.) I wasn’t expecting to hear from the father after a story focused on the women of the family, and it was a poignant and heartfelt reflection that had me in tears (IYKYK). I would adore the chance to read this favorite story (a lifetime favorite) again for the first time. (I wish the author had written a sequel!)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Yes, I adore quirky characters striving to live their best lives…..but this is not what this story is about, and the twist at the

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (cover)

Castle of Water by Duane Hucklebridge

This is a well-written, fun, escapist read so I might want to read this page-turner again for the first time. Castaway meets Survivors.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society y Mary Ann Shaffer (cover) Image: black text on a postcard....a woman dressed in a red coat stands at a railing overlooking the ocean

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Guernsey is a delightful and charming read and one of the few books that I’ve actually reread. It checks all my boxes for a feel-good story. I enjoyed it the second time. However, I know I enjoyed my first read best and I’d rather have read it again for the first time than for a reread. (Not reviewed because I read it before I started blogging.) The film adaptation is excellent (and I’ve watched that twice, too!).

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man and woman stand against a railing with backs to the camera

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is my favorite author and I’d like to read some of his books again for the first time. His creativity amazes me. The drama in this story slowly builds (gotta trust Backman!) as multiple characters are introduced and the stage is set for a dramatic, compelling, and poignant ending.

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (cover) Image: white text over an orange leafless tree with sprawling branches set against a bright blue background

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

This book gave me a “book hangover,” and I loved the poignant story and its thoughtful themes of faith, friendship, marriage, partnership, and asking difficult questions. I’d love to read it again for the first time.

Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’d love to read this again for the first time because of the unique narrator, the poignant friendship, and the survival themes. No review available because I read it before I started blogging, but I need to mention that the film adaptation is well done.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (cover) Image: a graphic image of a young girl, a pig, and a spider

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Wouldn’t you love to read this children’s classic again for the very first time and recapture the magic of childhood reading? Which one of your favorite childhood stories would you like to read again for the first time?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (cover)

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I’m listing this for my younger self! I’d love to recapture the thrill I felt reading my first “adult” historical fiction book when I was a young high school student…the book that started my lifelong love affair with histfic! After a steady diet of Nancy Drew, I remember being engaged for days (and nights!) in what I considered a compelling and unputdownable story with unforgettable characters and a southern setting! It was different from anything I had ever read. I’m afraid to reread it and discover that it doesn’t give me the same “book hangover” as that first time!


Which book would you like to read again for the first time?

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I love your list and the Back to the Future gif! Brilliant!

    Guernsey made it to my shortlist, but not the final list. I love that book and will read it again and again without stop loving it.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

    Elza Reads

    • Thanks Mareli! Guernsey seems to make all my lists! I just love it! Have you seen the Netflix movie? Hopping over to read your post!

  2. I did this topic a while ago so had to do a twist though I absolutely love reminiscing about the books I’d love to re-read. I have read #s 5, 8, 9, 10 from your list and wouldn’t mind re-reading any of them. My favourite of all is probably the Guernsey book though I must admit that I’ve re-read “Gone With the Wind” a couple of times and probably watched it 100 times in the cinema and on TV.

    My TTT.

    • I’m happy to hear we share some rereads! It seems like Guernsey makes all my lists! Such a delightful story! I’m afraid to do a reread of Gone With the Wind! I treasure my first memory! I’m hopping over to read your post!

      • I think the Guernsey book would fit a lot of my lists, too, it is just a great book.
        I read “Gone with the Wind” in German first and also watched it in German, nothing else was available to me at the time. So, I definitely had to read it in English one day.

    • I loved The Martian, so I’m sure I’ll love PHM movie, too! My fav part is when he first sees Rocky! I’m hopping over now to read your post.

    • ❤️ brave Eleanor ❤️ at first you might think it’s a quirky character story, but it’s really a story of trauma and tragedy. Worthy of your TBR. Unforgettable and memorable. I’m hopping over now to read your post.

  3. I’ve read the majority of these and I reread Castle of Water! Although it wasn’t for the first time, it was a very satisfying read. Love this list!

  4. This is a difficult question for me so I took the cowardly approach and skipped the topic this week ! My challenge is that there are some books I didn’t like on first reading but which grew on me (Portrait of a Lady by Henry James as an example). So to say I’d like to repeat the experience of first reading seems odd.

    • Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever had a book grow on me in that way…..other than at book club when others talk about their experience with a book I didn’t enjoy, I can gain a new appreciation of it through their eyes.

  5. Project Hail Mary is on my list too. My husband recently listened to the audiobook, and I heard snippets of it when he listened to it around me. I’m definitely listening to the audiobook for my first re-read (of many, I’m sure), and it’ll probably happen soon. I also loved the Guernsey… book, but I’m afraid to watch the movie.

    My TTT

    • PHM on audio is brilliant! The Guernsey movie was good….the ending plays out a bit differently but the cast is great. I think you might enjoy it!

    • There are certain books that would be lovely on experience again for the first time! I’m hopping over now to read your post.

    • I can’t remember which I loved more, the content or the reading experience! It was my first book hangover! I’m hopping over now to read your post.

  6. I love that we’ve got several in common! I actually didn’t listen to the audiobook for Project Hail Mary. I’m gonna have to add that to my list. As I was reading, I was super curious how the audiobook handled some of it, especially in regard to Rocky, so I was thinking about picking it up anyway, but you’ve definitely convinced me that I need to. 😀

  7. I’m not sure how I’d answer this question Carol but you’ve certainly listed some great books, many of which I’ve read and enjoyed! Great prompt and it made me think.

  8. Have read all of these (some thanks to you!!) except Castle of Water. I have reread Charlotte’s Web many times to classes when I taught 3rd grade. The book I am currently rereading is Being Mortal. And incredibly helpful book on making the most of life as you get older and things narrow down. Great stories and medical info. I’m taking notes this time– with 2 parents aged 90 & 94 (and our own old age around the corner!!) it is so relevant.

    • When I taught 5th I read Sign of the Beaver with the class 15 years in a row!
      Being mortal sounds good. I haven’t heard of it so thanks for the rec! My mom turns 95 in September!

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