Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wish I could read again for the first time

toptentuesdayIt’s been a while once again since I have posted, so while I sit watching the Olympics, I decided to do something semi-productive. This semi-freebie week has allowed me to look back to the older TTT’s from before I had my blog, and has meant I have been able to do one that I have hoping I would one day get to finish. As I haven’t been reading much since returning from South Africa, a good reading post is a nice break from sports and work.

When there was a freebie week a few posts ago, I opted for a dynamic duos post. The other topic that I almost opted to do was books I wish I could read again for the first time. This time, the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish have given a re-visit option, so I decided it was an easy choice and perfect opportunity to revisit this early TTT. While doing TTT, and T5W, I have noticed that I have a huge tendency to mention children’s books. I love children’s fiction, and do believe that the following quote is one of the most accurate sentences about stories.

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. C S Lewis

Anyway, my Top Ten Tuesday for this week:

  1. The Harry Potter Series J K Rowling: I feel like Potterhead, and Harry Potter geek is an inaccurate description of how much I love the Harry Potter series. They are by far my favourite set of books, and they were a huge part of my childhood (and to be honest, they still are.) I waited eagerly for the books to be released, and have read them (literally) hundreds of times. I can remember reading the books, and I still re-read them to this day, and even though the magical world will always be perfect to immerse myself in, I would love to re-read them for the first time. I’d love to read them and not know about who lives and dies, who gets a happy ending, who is good and evil.
  2. The BFG Roald Dahl: I have a pink hardback book, the pages are now yellowing and the cover less secure, that has three of the best books I have ever read in one volume (The BFG, Matilda, George’s Marvelous Medicine). I read it under the covers, on my top bunk, with a torch, and I can remember it as clear as anything. I remember hoping a giant would come to my window, and I remember being amazed that ‘The BFG’ wrote it.
  3. Matilda Roald Dahl: I hope that everyone finds a book that when they read it as a child, they think, was this written for me. I was never a particularly quiet kid, I always had friends, and did different sports and activities, but I have also always been a book worm. A book written about a small girl who has extraordinary abilities, enormous intelligent, and loves literature was both an inspiration and a joy to experience.
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee: I have still read this book only once, even remains my favourite book. It was the non-children’s book that I read. It was the first ‘classic’ or ‘critically acclaimed’ book I had ever read. It stopped me from reading and rereading Harry Potter over and over again. It encouraged me to start thinking more about what I read.
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events Series Lemony Snicket: I like this book because it’s miserable. It’s unpleasant. It’s unfair. And somehow, it is engaging with it. With every book that goes by, you don;t think it can get any worse whilst knowing that it will only go downhill. There is a magic in this misery and woe, it’s different to read a children’s book that has little joy.
  6. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman: I didn’t read this as a particularly young child, I was well into my teens, but I barely remember it. I can remember the odd scene, negligible amounts of the plot, but I can absolutely remember loving it and enjoying the triology.
  7. The Gemini Contenders Robert Ludlum: This is one of the first books that I remember reading that was definitely not children’s fiction, and fell into the high octane thriller genre that I have enjoyed greatly ever since. I haven’t read many Ludlum books since, but I remember being enthralled by the story and the twists and turns.
  8. Holes Louis Sachar: I can’t put my finger on why I liked this odd story so much, maybe because it wasn’t much like anything I have ever read before. It’s plot entwines the characters through time periods, and the development of the story was both funny and unexpected when I read it.
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: This was one of the few things that was set in school to read that I love, and always will. I would love to go back and read some of the clever tales, and delve into the stories that allow some incredibly cunning plans, and detective work.
  10. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss: I want to preface this choice by saying I don’t actually like Dr. Seuss that much, and find the rhyming quite irritating a lot of the time. But this book is different. I don’t if it’s because it’s about travel, and exploration, and opportunity, or because it has my favourite ever quote, but I love it and would love to be able to redisocver the book again, but also reread this for the first time again:

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go. Dr Seuss.

So that’s another Top Ten Tuesday? What did you do this week? What books would you love the chance to read again for the first time?

 

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