You know that feeling you get after completing an amazing book, where you wish you could experience it all over again? Normally I go around shoving the book into someone else’s hands so that they can be destroyed by it too (muahahaaa *evil laugh*) Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and share a few books that I wish I could read for the first time again…
HARRY POTTER BY J.K. ROWLING
Such a cliché, I know, but I thought I’d start with the obvious choice first. The thing is that I only read the Harry Potter books very recently for the first time after watching the movies over and over again for years. So when I eventually read the books I knew what was going to happen, and that element of surprise was gone. I wish I could read the entire series again for the first time without having watched the movies. I’m positive this series would totally destroy me; especially with everything that happened in the last three books.
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
I wrote a review of ACOTAR some time ago, but I didn’t mentioned that I read ACOMAF too. I never reviewed it on the blog because when I started this series I had no idea what to expect or who to root for, so I didn’t want to end up spoiling the book for someone who hasn’t read it yet. But ACOMAF is probably one of my favourite books, not only for the year but EVER! It was so completely unexpected and different to the first book which I really loved. The characters, the fantasy world, the tone and the writing was all perfect; which is why I wish I could get to relive the experience of reading it for the very first time.
FALLING INTO YOU BY JASINDA WILDER
This is another book I wish I could have the pleasure of reading again for the first time just to have the chance to relive the experience. Falling into You is one of my favourite Romance books because it was such a raw story that truly stuck with me. I’m not a big fan of Jasinda Wilder’s books, but this one managed to tattoo itself onto my heart, and I haven’t been able to shake it since.
WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART
I read this book shortly after I read Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, so I was already emotionally and mentally drained. For a while there was nothing that could surprise me. I wish I could read this book for the first time again because I know that it would have caught me off guard, had I not just finished Leaving Time. The truth is that this book was unexpected, even though a lot of people found the plot twist to be cheap. And I know that because I was basically numb with shock, I did not enjoy this one as much as I would’ve under different circumstances.
THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER BY LESLYE WALTON
I wrote a review last month sharing my thoughts on this captivating, beautiful book. I would choose to read this book again for the first time because the atmosphere Leslye Walton created to tell this story was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. It was breathtaking and devastating, yet still managed to leave me feeling hopeful and at peace.
EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS
I completed Empire of Storms last night after really struggling to get into the story for a few days. I am RUINED! This book is probably my favourite one out of the entire series because of the chaotic tangle of emotions I experienced, and the total mess I was in after reading the final page. Honestly, I can’t remember ever feeling as frustrated and stupid as I did while reading Empire of Storms because of all Aelin’s manipulating and scheming. Even though I read a few spoilers (an accident on my part) I still ended up with my jaw on the ground and that “WTF just happened?!” look on my face. I am not sure how I am going to manage the wait until the next book is released, and I just wish I delayed finishing it. Having the super power to read it again for the first time would be pretty awesome too!