So, here are some books that I wish I could read for the first time once again. I wish I could experience it again, re-live it, get to know the characters again and dive into the world for the first time again. Mostly, because I read these books soo long ago that I don’t remember what I felt when I read these for the first time, and because I love these books soo much that I want to experience that thrill of discovering these books and being “on the way to find a new favourite book”.
And I keep wondering while re-reading these books – “What did I think when I read this for the first time, because now that I am older, I wonder if younger me got the same feels, and the way the certain things hit. I understand quite a few things better BUT above all I realised that the meaning of these books have changed for me with time. And I can’t help but regret not maintaining a diary or even annotating the books, just so I could know what my younger self was like.
Do you ever feel like this?
1. HARRY POTTER
I bet this is a series that many people wish they could read for the first time again. I surely do! I want to get to know that scrawny kid with round spectacles and a lightning scar. I want to hold a wand for the first time, learn new spells, go to a magical school, make new friends, get to know the family of red-heads, the smart girl with curly hair and ABOVE ALL I want to experience that feeling of belonging again.
2. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
It’s kinda embarrassing to admit, but I read this book because I read After by Anna Todd. In her book, there was soo much reference to this book, and at that time I really liked Tessa and Hardin; I had to read this book. I got it from my school library and I LOVED it. I was surprised, because it was a classic and well, me and classics? hah. Not a good combination. BUT then again here we are. There is nothing specific about this story that I want to re-live, but I wish I could read it again because this book caught me off-guard. It came in and squeezed it’s way through and became a part of my book-heart. hehe. And not to mention the fact that I want to get to know Mr. Darcy again! Ah! The Timeless Couple!
3. all the bright places
To anyone who has already read this book – Do I even need to explain why? Because honestly, I don’t think I can even if I tried. This book broke me. Yeah! That’s what it did. And I am kinda bummed because I just realized how less I talk about this. And maybe, it’s because it hurt me, that I can’t bring myself to talk about it. And I don’t know how else to say this without coming off as a creep – I want to get my heart broken? haha. I am not sure. I just know that I wish I could read this for the first time again.
4. jane eyre
I really enjoyed this book. haha. For all of my talks on hating classics, I really seem to love them. Maybe I should just get over my fear of not understanding them, and give it a go? Maybe. I just want to know what my eleven year old self thought of this book; this extremely mature and heartfelt masterpiece. I want to know the story for the first time and walk through the streets and fight society side by side Jane, once again but this time with a more mature mind.
Ah! The book of every teenage girl…I mean most if not all. I know how much I roast this book, how much I “hate” it (or at least I claim to) and how much love and hate this has received BUT I want to admit – I LOVED this book when I read it for the first time. I loved it soo much that I ended up reading it for the entire week again and again and again. This book helps me get out of a slump even today! (I have no idea why. It just does) And while I can strongly say that I have no love for the other books in the series, the same might not hold true for this one. I know that the book has a lot of issues, but it’s been there for me. It is here for me. And so yea….I wanted it to be on this list.
*I don’t own any of these pictures. Got them from google.*