There is nothing like reading a book for the first time and falling in love. You really can’t explain it but that first read through is magical. You get to know settings and people and feelings and emotions. But after you read that book for the first time you never get to experience that feeling like you did. I mean a reread is great (I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss 11 times) but that first read is…♥.
I was thinking about this concept when trying to figure out a blog post and it got an idea brewing. If I could go back in time and read a book for the first time again what books would I love to read?
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton: This is probably one of the more quiet YA books that is on my TBR. I’m not sure how many people have read it but it isn’t talked about a lot. It was so fantastic though. I loved the story and the characters so much. How could I not want to read this for the first time all over again.
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler: TBS is one of my favorite YA books I have ever read. I read it for the first time when I was just starting to read YA back in 2011 and I fell in love with it. I have since reread it but there is nothing like the first read of this amazing story.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: This book broke my heart and was the first book I actually cried while reading. Like ugly cried. And you know what? I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was so fantastically done and made me fall in love with all of Morgan’s books.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski: Out in about a month I was lucky enough to get to read this final book in the Winner’s Trilogy and I would read it for the first time all over again if given the chance. It was one of those series enders that just works.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: My introduction to Emery Lord was perfect. Matt Finch and Dee and Reagan gave life to one summer. It was such a great friendship and love book that I would give anything to read it for the first time again.
Parallel by Lauren Miller: Another quiet YA on my favorites list. Parallel opened up my love of parallel life books. It was done so perfectly and I just loved everything about it. It was a YA-like Sliding Doors. I would love to have all those 1st read feelings again.
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta: A book I almost didn’t read. I read the first one after a reading deal with a friend and I wasn’t in love with the book nor the character of Froi. But something compelled me to continue and see how it played out. Froi is by far the best literary character I have read and I would love to read this for the first time all over again.
And of course:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Like this wouldn’t have been on the list.
What book would you love to read for the first time all over again?
Aww, what a great topic!
I would, of course, read my favorite Just One Day all over again. I’m actually sad I can’t relive those moments. I would definitely read Anna and Lola for the first time again. Definitely all the Emery Lords again, and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. And maybe I would re-read childhood faves again, like Anne of Green Gables?
I have 2 on my list. 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was a little late to start this series but still read it before the movies came out and I felt like a kid again! Well, I read it as a freshman in college haha but I looooved it. I’ve also since reread it, too…
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer because I didn’t like it the first time I read it!! Eeep! It helped when I listened to the audiobook tho ?
BTW Anna and the French Kiss is next on my TBR ? This will be my first by Stephanie Perkins
Great list! I’d been thinking about getting What Happens Next. Glad it’s a good one.
I haven’t read ANY OF THESE. I wonder if I should… lol since you know, you’re reading all my favs. 😛