Tuesday, 11 October 2011

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

This great feature is hosted every Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish.

I came up with five books.

Here is my list in no particular order, with explanations as to why I wish I could read some already read books for the first time:

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Jane Eyre is one of my favourite novels of all time. I read it for the first time when I was sixteen and I have re-read it a few times since, but that first impression I got of the book cannot be repeated. I loved how surprised I was to learn the truth behind all the mystery and how thrilling that was. Now I know what to expect, so there are no surprises anymore. In my opinion, Jane Eyre contains one of the best plot twists ever written.

2. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
This is my favourite novel and I think it'd be thrilling to be able to discover its beauties for the first time. The best experience I had when reading this novel for the first time was that I gradually learned to love and sympathise with the main character - the Phantom. As I re-read it now, I delve into the world already knowing his history and loving it, so I'm biased. That first journey of discoveries was quite magical.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
This is a little known fact, but the first time I read this famous novel, I didn't think much of it at all. I enjoyed it, but I quickly forgot it. I only began to appreciate its value when the BBC series began to air. Then I returned it, more mature and better versed in literature, and saw it in a different light. I wish I could read it for the first time now because my reading tastes have changed dramatically since I was fifteen.

4. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.
This has been one of the best and most spiritual reads I have ever experienced. I would like to experience this type of reading again, with this amazing book.

5. The Wyndspelle trilogy by Aola Vandergriff.
For me, these books provided me with such thrill! I have re-read the trilogy, but it's just not the same. I'd love to experience that thrill again.


Jo K said...

I have yet to read number 3 & 4, but I agree on the rest, I'd love to experience them again for the first time.

Trish said...

#2 - I've heard this is much better as a book than anything else. I must get my hands on a copy.

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I knew you were going to pick POTO as one of your picks!

I also kind of wish I could re-read P&P-young me wasn't as deep a reader as present me.

gautami tripathy said...

What a great list! Worth reading again and again...

Here is my post:

Top Ten Picks!

Alexa S. said...

Pride & Prejudice was lovely. I didn't think I was going to like it all too much, but I found it to be an interesting, engaging read.

I have yet to read Jane Eyre, though that's been on my TBR list for a while.

Mary Simonsen said...

My favorite book is Lonesome Dove, and I remember all the feelings I had when a favorite character died. You are right. You can't duplicate that first rush.

Blodeuedd said...

How lovely it would be to read Jane Eyre again and not know anyting about the story

Dot said...

I'd love to read Pride and Prejudice for the first time again, i have re-read it several times but it's just not the same is it!

Rachel said...

I completely agree with you! I was very young when I first read Pride and Prejudice, and like you, I wasn't too impressed. But now I look at it in a whole new light!

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"Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte".was a romantic favorite. I read the book after viewing a BBC Jane Eyre broadcast starring Toby Stephens as Rochester. I love Jane's strength and that she is not afraid to stand up to anyone; that she is a woman of character and principle.

The Bookworm Hun said...

Great list! I think I'll do one of my own. Have a good one... :)