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Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time:
(These are just some of the books I wish I could read again for the first time. The list would be mighty long if I put all of them down)
1) A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: This is one of those books that I love re-reading. It did many things for me. Gave me back my love for reading, it helped open the doors to the wonderful YA genre, and satiated my hunger for a historical romance. The fact that I got some paranormal in there too, was quite amazing to me. I really wish I could go back to the snowy afternoon I first read this so that I could fall in love with it all over again.
2) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling: When I first got my hands on this book I wasn't even allowed to read it. I snuck it into my house and stayed up all night reading it. Now that I am older and have since swayed my mom's opinion on the world of Harry Potter I wish that I could have the chance to read it again with the rest of the series. So that I could enjoy them all for the first time together.
3) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Now, I know Twilight is not great literature, but I read it at a very bad time in mine and my family's life so it was kind of like comfort food for me. It was my escape. And it got me back into reading. I used to read all the time when I was a kid, but then I was loaded down with school and work and just didn't think I had time to read. And I wasn't sure what I even liked to read anymore. Then came Twilight. I read it before there were teams, before there was all this controversy, before Edward was considered a stalker pedophile. And I enjoyed it. I would love to go back to before the hype and read it again just for the sheer pleasure of it.
4)Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: One of the girls that I used to work with suggested this one to me. I had a bit of a Twilight hangover and just did not think that it would be able to cure that. I've always loved dystopians but had not found one in a long time that even came close to measuring up to some of the ones that I had already read, but Uglies certainly did. And it cured my hangover. It made me realize that there were so many other books out there with romance, love triangles, adventure, and even better main girl characters. But since I was so apprehensive when starting I don't think I got as much out of the first half of the book as I could have.
5)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: For a while I avoided this one like the plague. It was too hyped for me and I did not want to read yet another book that was placed high on a pedestal just to be disappointed when it didn't live up to all the praise. Then I went to the bookstore because I was running low on books to read (this was before my stockpile of books) and for some reason I just decided to give it a go, even though I was still nervous it would suck. Well, it didn't suck. It was far from sucking. I was totally entranced with this world and the people in it that I even ended up having dreams about it.
6) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: There is a lot that I would give to be introduced to Dimitri for the first time, again. I believe he will always top my literary crush list.
And it really helped that it was such a great story and world to read about.
7) Delirium by Lauren Oliver: This was the first book I was accepted to read through NetGalley. And boy, will I forever be thankful for that. The power of the words and message in this book was incredible. And the ending still makes me cry like a big baby.
8) Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: These books introduced me to fantasy and world building in the best of ways. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my heroes and inspirations for my own writing. It would be absolutely incredible to experience these books again for the first time.
9) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I believe that Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett is enough of a reason for this one.
10) Christy by Katherine Marshall: Every time I read this book it rips my heart out, puts it back in, then rips it out again. The people, the life they had to live, the children...what Christy gave up to go live with them. It's wonderful and incredible. And to have the suspense back of whether Christy was going to be with David Grantland or Neil MacNeill. That would be lovely.