Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Books I would love to read again for the first time


"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".

It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

This week's topic is: Bookish Wishes

(Jana's birthday is today, so she's celebrating it by granting the wishes of  her friends! Apparently, this is a popular thing to do on Twitter, but today we’re blog hopping. List the top 10 books you’d love to own.)

Interesting subject. I had to think for a while which book I'd like to own. The thing is, I often have to buy the books because I can't get them in the library, so I own most of my favourite books. That doesn't mean there aren't books I'd like. But most of them were on my Christmas wishlist (Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings).

They are still all valid except for "The Truths We Hold" (present from my son) and "A Promised Land" (I found a used copy).

So, I had to twist the topic (again) and thought Books I would love to read again for the first time might be a good replacement.
Having said that, I wouldn't mind having first editions of those books (preferably signed by the author 😉) or some beautiful ones.

Austen, Jane "Persuasion" - 1817
Wouldn't mind rereading all of her books for the first time but especially this one.

Frazier, Charles "Cold Mountain" - 1997
I have reread this book several times but it would be lovely to experience it again for the very first time.

Mann, Thomas "Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family" (German: Buddenbrooks) - 1901
My favourite German book of all time, probably the reason why I got into classics.

Morrison, Toni "Beloved" - 1987
My first book by Toni Morrison, probably the one that left the largest impact.

Pamuk, Orhan "My Name is Red" (Turkish: Benim Adim Kirmizi) - 1998
This book introduced me to one of my favourite authors ever and I have read most of his books now.

Rhue, Morton "The Wave" - 1981
Of course, I could read this book (like all the others) again and again but I know the end and that changes the whole experience.

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "The Shadow of the Wind" (Spanish: La Sombra del Viento) - 2001
And his whole Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. Or any of his books.

Scott, Mary "Breakfast at Six" - 1953
And all of Mary Scott's other Susan & Larry books, well, what do I say, all of her books. See here.

Shriver, Lionel "We need to talk about Kevin" - 2003
Same as what I said about "The Wave".

Stroyar, J.N. "The Children's War" and "A Change of Regime" plus "Becoming Them"
Such a great story, good to be re-read but there is so much that you see coming once you know the story, wouldn't mind reading it again for the first time.


  1. I loved your twist to this week’s prompt!

    1. Thanks, Lydia. I seem to be doing more twists lately than the real topic. Hmmm.

      And thanks for your visit.

  2. I love your twist on the prompt. I don't think I have heard of these books, but I think I may have to check out a couple.

    Here is my post: https://readbakecreate.com/?p=426

    1. Thanks, Pam, I envy you, there are a lot of great books you can look forward to. But maybe you read completely different genres. I shall have to have look and see which one of mine I can recommend.

      Thanks for leaving a comment and your link.

  3. I've never read We Need To Talk about Kevin but I did see the film! So crazy!!


    1. Thanks, Mag, I have never seen the film. I'm always quite careful with films where I've read the book, maybe I should. I'm not a huge fan of Tilda Swinton but I can imagine her well in this role, so that probably tells me I should look for the film.

      Anyway, thanks for that and for leaving your link.

    2. Sorry, Lauren, of course. She who can read definitely has an advantage. 😉

  4. It would be nice to be able to read a book for the first time again and feel all the same magic -- or even more magic.

    1. That's what I thought, Deanna. Actually, I had seen that topic somewhere and then when this one came up, I considered it close enough to twist it. LOL

      As always, thanks for your visit.

  5. There's nothing like reading a book for the first time! Wouldn't it be amazing if you could have that same experience every time you read it? My memory, especially when it comes to books, is getting so bad, though, that sometimes I can re-read a book and it's like reading it for the first time, LOL.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Hahahaha, Susan. That's what my brother once said about his wife, she never remembers movies they watched together. He said, hey, I could watch the same film every day and she wouldn't notice. (He likes to joke like that, we all know him like that, LOL).

      Unfortunately, I can still remember many, many details from books I read ages ago. I know it's good if you can remember stuff but some of those books, too sad that I can't experience them again for the first time.

      Now I'm curious as to what you came up with, I'm sure you have a great twist, as well. See you on your page. Thanks.

  6. Nice twist on the week's prompt.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/22/top-ten-tuesday-321/

    1. Thank you, Jo, I'm happy so many other bloggers agree.

      Now I'm off to visiting them all, thank you so much for your link, see you there.

  7. I never understand this idea of wanting to read something again for the first time. I mean I guess maybe I wish the Harry Potter books were around when I was younger maybe. But otherwise I'm just glad for all the new books that are coming out. Fun way to interpret the theme this week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

    1. Well, I like re-reading books I really enjoyed but I often remember every little detail. I would just love to experience some of the moments I had when I read the very first time. But, obviously, there are so many new ones out and I will never finish my TBR list to which I keep adding. This was just a twist on the topic.

      But thanks for visiting and leaving your link so I can go to your page.

  8. I love your twist on this weeks prompt. i need to make a list of the books i would love to read again for the first time.

    my TTT: https://blessedmommysc.blogspot.com/2021/06/top-ten-tuesday-book-wishlist.html?showComment=1624351955913#c7522213101366008714

    1. Thank you, Kelly. Looking forward to seeing that list. And I'm off to see this week's TTT. Thanks for leaving that link. See you soon!

  9. It would be nice to relive reading favourite books for the first time.

    1. Exactly. You never get as excited any more when you read it for a second time, no matter how lovely that is.

      Thanks for your visit, Lectrice.