Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re discussing the Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First time. Ahhhh, you know the feeling when you get so swept into a story that you don’t ever want it to end. Or maybe it’s so incredibly engrossing that it’s like a drug. Or maybe it evokes memories of a certain time in your life. Either way, with certain books, no matter how many times I read them, there is nothing like that first time.
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffinegger- This is hands down my favorite book of all time. I read it many years ago over the course of two days when my husband was out of town and I—pregnant with my second child—couldn’t sleep (gotta love that pregnancy insomnia). Henry, Clare and their beautiful story left such a lasting impression on me that I’ve often looked for books that can recreate the way this one made me feel. This is part of why I’m so stoked to read Tamara Ireland Stone’s book Time Between Us, which is being called a YA version of The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s still quite a wait though.
2. Any Harry Potter book– Yeah, I wasn’t real specific here because I loved all of them and felt completely engrossed in every detail of the story. It was so magical and fun, while still being complicated and well-planned. There are few books as perfect as these.
3. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See– I love books that delve into other cultures. This story is set in 19th century China and revolves around a lifetime friendship that blossoms between two girls during their foot binding periods. It is such an interesting look into this culture, but more so, it is such a beautiful tale about friendship. I wept, people. I really did.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl– Holy cow I love this book. I think I’ve read it at least thirty times and only two of those times have been as an adult. It completely transported me to Dahl’s incredible, whimsical world and made me wish it were real.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– Gah! I read this in high school and fell in love with Mr. Rochester almost immediately. The only person I loved more than him was Jane. She is still one of my favorite heroines of all time. I read this every year and it still gets me.
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen– Of course when I read this six or seven years ago, I knew the basic story: Mr. Darcy has a stick up his butt and he falls in love with sassy old Lizzie Bennett and both are too prideful to see their own faults and errors. But oh, I had no idea there was going to be such humor or that I was going to love Elizabeth so much. Darcy won me over too, of course.
7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers– Should I duck to dodge your flaming arrows of hatred? When I read this series, the last book (and none of the movies) were out yet. There weren’t crazy old ladies throwing their panties at Taylor Lautner and Trya wasn’t asking Robert Pattinson to bite her neck. (I mean, whew! Thank God all that’s over because those things made me hate Twilight fans). I’m not saying these are the most amazing books, or the most well-written—but I like the story. I don’t care about whether or not I agree with Bella or whether or not I think Edward, swoony as he may seem, is a stalker (even though he totally is). I just loved that I cared enough to keep flipping the pages at one o’clock in the morning. I was excited to buy the next book and find out what was going to happen. I love any series that can do that for me.
8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman– You guys, I wish I could bottle the way this book made me feel. Part of it was the pure relief that a sequel to a book I adored could be SO good. Part of it was that it was heartbreakingly beautiful. Part of it was that it was totally romantic. And part of it (I know! There are alot of parts here) was being able to see Mia, who I’d grown to love so much, in such a happy, healthy place in life. It was so perfect that I cried at the end (in a good way).
9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden– This one also goes back to the fact that I love books about other cultures. It was particularly interesting and so beautifully written. Have you read this? You should. Don’t see the film instead. You have to read it.
10. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding– This book was hilarious! The first pages had me giggling like crazy. I love Bridget (and Mark. Of course I love Mark) and all the stupid, completely embarrassing things she does, including listing every drink and ciggy she has. Plus she uses words like F&*@wit, which I think is brilliant.
13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time”
I love anything and everything written by Lisa See! Also loved Memoirs of a Geisha. Great stuff.
She’s amazing. Peony in Love kind of bummed me out because I thought from the title it would be so romantic, but no. It was just sad. Still, she’s awesome.
you really do have a way with words: “Mr. Darcy has a stick up his butt and he falls in love with sassy old Lizzie Bennett” — ha! totally captures the entire essence of the book. love it. great job, once again. there are books on here i haven’t read that you’ve totally convinced me to give a try. i also have to agree with “where she went”–such a beautiful book. and, ha! i have bridget jones, too! great minds, and all that…
That’s P&P in a nutshell, you know? 🙂 Thank goodness Colin Firth is so Colin Firthy or I would have hated him in the film (until the lake, obvs).
he does such an amazing job of being slightly belligerant and utterly snobby. the guy in the keira knightly film was great, too. he was the best thing about that version.
I like that version too, plus I thought Wickham was much more desirable than in the Colin Firth version. The Firth one is def. better, but I’ll take P&P pretty much any way I can get it. Have you seen Lost in Austen (have we discussed this before, because I always talk about it)? Hilarious. You have to see it.
Harry Potter ❤ And Pride & Prejudice!
Ah! How could i forget Pride and Prejudice?!?!?
Of course i have the Harry Potter series on my list too. i’m betting a lot of bloggers chose those. But then why wouldn’t you? They are made of awesome! 🙂
Love me some Charlie and the Chocolate Factory too! Although i couldn’t pick just one Roald Dahl book. i had to go with anything written by him cos i love Charlie and Matilda equally. i just couldn’t Sophie’s Choice that one.
Ha! Sophie’s Choice it. You, my friend, are awesome.
We also picked Gayle Forman and J.K. Rowling on our list. I have never read a Lisa See book, but did you see the movie Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ? I didn’t have to review it, but my fellow critics said it was a big disappointment. ITA about Twilight. I am not a Twihard (Potterhead forever, not that I think the fandoms are mutually exclusive), but I enjoyed the stories — well, until certain aspects of Breaking Dawn.
I heard the movie was a crapstorm, so I avoided it, but the book was really good. I love Potter too, as you know. Twilight was in a different category for me. I really liked it. I see the criticisms with it (and have many of my own) but I thought they were fun. The fans are what killed it for me. And the movies, of course.
I think every other TTT this week had harry potter on their list, I being a rbel never read any of the books//:
I agree with you about Twilight, I find it funny before movie hype everybody openly loved Twilight but then the switched to haters, kinda like they are ashamed… yeah FAKERS! This is one of my top reread books and while I didn’t care for the last one in the series (just skimmed and didn’t even finish) the first 3 good!
I about If I Stay a couple weeks back so this once where I won’t be a rbel and I’m definitely jumping on the bandwagon of lover + tears of these two books:D
-thank you&come again.
Racquel, I need you to read Harry Potter, like now!!!!!! I, too, was late in reading these (picked them up about three years ago) and holy cow I was missing something amazing! I hear you on the Twi haters. I like to make fun of them sometimes, mostly to annoy my counterpart, Vee, although I do have real criticisms of them. They are fun books and I think they get waaaay over-analyzed, both by the fans and the haters.