One so many occasions (especially when I’m not enjoying the book I’m currently reading) I think back on all my favourite reads and just wish I could go back read them for the first time again and experience that immense true love book feeling all over again.
So that’s what I’m going to talk about today, those books I so often think back on.
First, is it any surprise that it’s my favourite book of all time? I would love to be able to read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis with fresh eyes. I, very recently, finished a reread of this book and of course, I still love the book to pieces, but I knew what was coming. I was totally in awe of this book the first time around. I don’t think I’ll ever come across another book quite like this one so those feelings will be lost forever. I recently recommended this to a friend at work and she gets to read it for the first time… I’m so jealous.
I haven’t read many Stephen King books (something I’m hoping to change in the near future) but I remember when I first read Misery, it blew me away! I’d already seen the film, so I knew the story and I didn’t expect the book to surprise me as much as it did. I was so invested in the characters and the story, it completely sucked me out of reality.
Rosemary’s Baby was one of those books I fretted over reading for a while because I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, but that ended up being extremely far from the truth. This is one of my favourite books ever! Ira Levin’s a king at writing about mundane things and adding creepiness to them. I really can’t wait to delve into more of his work (I’ve already tackled The Stepford Wives which I also LOVED)!
As many of you already know, I always say The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North is the book that got me back into reading again after a several years long slump. It’s a strange one because I rarely read books in this genre but this book was so complex, in-depth and exciting, I totally got lost in its pages. I’ve not read a sci-fi since that’s made me feel like this one did.
My love of historical fiction has always been strong, but never so much as it was when reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton! I can vividly remember getting to one of the shocker moments in the book and actually gasping out loud (on the bus… got a few looks!). I don’t think I’ve ever been so attached to characters before. This book really broke me, I remember sobbing for quite a while after finishing it… Despite the story of the actual Miniaturist being something of a let-down, the rest of the book made up for that entirely!
So there we have it! Those are my most cherished books I wish I could experience for the first time again… It really has been a while since I read anything I loved as much as I loved these ones!
What books do you wish you could read again for the first time?