A Second First Time? – Booking Through Thursday

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What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?

This is like asking what is your favourite book – I can’t decide! There are many books I’ve read that I wish I could read again as though it were the first time, just as there are many books that improve on second readings.

Off the top of my head here are a few I wish I read for the first time again (ask me again tomorrow and I’d probably tell you different books). These are all books that took my breath away the first time round:

20 thoughts on “A Second First Time? – Booking Through Thursday

  1. Oh, I loved Atonement! The movie is equally great too IMHO.
    I look forward to reading Beloved as I heard nothing but raves about this book.

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  2. This was harder than I thought it would be! I agree over Beloved, although it slipped my mind when I was writing mine. In fact anything by Toni Morrisson could go on. And I still have to read Half of a Yellow Sun so it looks like that could be a good first time for me!

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  3. I’m not a big Toni Morrison fan, but some of those other titles are intriguing. So many new titles to harvest from other people’s posts…

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  4. I have read 2 of the books you mentioned.. Atonement and Beloved.. I would not say I would consider rereading them though.. interesting list you got there 🙂

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  5. Piece of Cake by Derek Robinson. I first read it in 1989, then again recently and was happy to discover it thrilled me just as much the second time as the first. I was worried that my reading tastes had changed and I wouldn’t love it as much as I did the first time, but I did. Perhaps, even more. The author’s World War One trilogy would also be on this list.

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  6. I would love to be able to read Pride and Prejudice again for the first time. Even though after many re-reads I love it more and more, that first time was just so delightful. Same with Jane Eyre.

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  7. Wow what a list! I wish I had time to read that much. My list of books I want to read is so long! I guess it will have to wait until four children leave home! Check out my Booking through Thursday here.

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  8. Atonement would be great to read again as if for the first time. And from the Toni Morrison works, I think I might pick Song of Solomon for myself.

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  9. Atonement – I definitely agree! I’ve also only just finished The Other Hand by Chris Cleave and I’d love to read it again for the first time. I heartily recommend it. Visit my blog to see why. Happy reading!

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