What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?
(Interestingly, I thought that I had thought this one up myself, but when I started scrolling through the Suggestions, found that Rebecca had suggested almost exactly this question a couple months ago. So, we both get credit!)
I love the thought of being able to have a fresh mind to read my favorite books again for the first time. Sometimes, a book can be read a second time (or third, and more) and still appreciated and learned from, but to have that sense of not-knowing, and of biting your nails for the character, to experience the injustices and learn the lessons for the first time again would be a gift.
I would love to wipe my mind of the movie and book of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To NOT know the outcome of the court case and to feel Scout and Jem’s pain as they realize that justice and the law do not always run in the same pack would be great. To wonder what Boo Radley was, a ghost or a man? and to hide Dill under the bed, only to get caught by our father… well, It’d be like falling in love with your first love again.
Another book I’d love to read for the first time again would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is so incredibly powerful and the poetry of it so beautiful, that I’m sure it can withstand re-reading again and again. However, to feel that thrill, that wonder… that terror… to go on that journey again, new once more, would be an experience I’d just about be willing to pay money for.
How about you? What books would you like to have a second “first-time” with?
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