The Broke and Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is asking us bloggers to list the:
Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again, For the First Time
*I love this question. There are two types of first reading experiences that I find notable. The first is the book that I don't like on the first read, and find myself loving on subsequent reads. Then there are the books that are so magical the first time around, there is no way a subsequent read could ever live up. These are those books.*
10.Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
This is a pretty odd choice for this list, I do realize. My reading memory of this book is on a fishing trip with my dad. I also had a really intense emotional and visceral reaction to this book, which doesn't happen to me often, so it is memorable when it does.
9.Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
I remember this being the first book that really made me feel like I was a teenager reading a book that was written for teenagers. I think that now, with the proliferation of YA, there are many more opportunities for this feeling.
8.Middlemarch by George Eliot
I read this the summer after I graduated from college, while I was thinking about applying for graduate school. It was so slow and sprawling and I loved languishing in it. On my second read- when I was supposed to finish it in two weeks for a class- we didn't have the same relationship.
7.Atonement by Ian McEwan
This was such a gripping read for me; I didn't want to put it down. I know it wouldn't be the same the second time around, although I'm sure it would still be beautiful.
6.Illusions by Richard Bach
This and the next item on the list are books whose ideas wouldn't excite me as much as they once did. I remember - embarrassed - telling lots of people that this book changed my life.
5.The McDonaldization of Society by George Ritzer
And this one as well. This was one of the first sociology books that I read, a discipline which did genuinely change my thinking. I would love to be excited by ideas again like I was by these books.
4.The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This book was pure magic for me as a child. I don't think I'm capable of the total immersion in the world of a book that I felt at that time in my life as a budding reader, but I'm pretty nostalgic for it...can you tell?
3.1984 by George Orwell
This was the book that turned me on to reading "classics." I think reading Orwell was also my first realization that sometimes the things that I had to read for school were okay. I might even like them.
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Our teacher read this aloud to us at school, probably in second or third grade. I remember that I couldn't wait for the next day's installment.
1.The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
My mom read me these books before bed, probably around the same time as I read #2 and #4. Not only was I totally captured by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (I really remember the cold landscapes and the Turkish Delight), but those are also some of my favorite memories of my mother from childhood.
As you can tell, the reading experience is what makes me want to read these books again, much more than the actual content of the books. Which books have those memories and sensations associated with them for you?