Today is yet another post for Bookending Spring! This has actually been so much fun, and I’m really happy I decided to do this. Really gets my blog writing creative juices flowing, you know?
Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time
I love a good reread of my fav books/series but sometimes I wish I could read them again and experience it all for the first time. Share the books and book series you wish you could read again, for the first time.
The moment after you finish an amazing book is simultaneously so satisfying and so disappointing. Satisfying because you just finished an awesome book and now know this great story/characters/world and disappointing because it’s freaking over. That experience you had meeting those characters for the first time will (unfortunately) never happen again. The plot twists and reveals will never hold the same amount of power.
If I could choose a select few books to read again for the first time – having no idea what happens or who the characters are – these would be them. There are some plot twists in here that had me shook. They’re (obviously) still worth a reread, but will never hit me quite as hard as they did on the first time around.
If you have never read any of the below books (omg you are in for SUCH a treat and I am so so jealous of you) please read them as soon as possible. And if you have any books that you think I would love based on the below PLEASE let me know because I always need new recommendations.
An Ember In The Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
The first time I read this book was such a treat. I had heard a couple things about the series, but really not much. I was immediately sucked in and read the first 3 books in the trilogy back to back. I can’t wait to reread them in anticipation for the fourth books release, but also wish I could read it again for the first time *tear*
Gemina | Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I love the first two books in this series so so much, but I was truly blown away by this one. These books are insane lol. So much stuff happens and it’s confusing, but also amazing??? The characters in this one are so flawed but also flawless and I love how bad ass they are. I’ve heard to audiobooks are gorgeous & definitely plan to read them asap
I’ll Give You The Sun | Jandy Nelson
Still one of my favorite books of all time. This book made me cry SO HARD when I first read it, and I would love to feel that raw heartache again (am I a masochist? possibly.) The writing is just so good and the characters are just so ugh. If I could meet them again for the first time I would cry lol
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
I’ve read quite a bit of Agatha Christie, and none of her other works has lived up to this one. It’s obvious she’s the queen of the mystery genre, and this book solidified her reign in my eyes. I know a lot of her other tactics have been reused in more modern mystery/thrillers, but this is the only book I’ve read of its kind. (if you’ve read this please let me know!!!)
Truly Devious | Maureen Johnson
This was another surprising love for me. I’ve never had super high expectations for YA thriller/mysteries, but this one completely wowed me. I love books set in boarding schools and I really think the setting added to the creepy atmosphere.
Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
If you’ve read this book, you’d know why I want to read it again for the first time. If you haven’t and somehow have not been spoiled (first of all, HOW and second of all ?????) you need to read it immediately. This was the first thriller I’ve read that came out of nowhere for me and I’d die to experience that again.
The Hating Game | Sally Thorne
I just finished this book like two days ago, and i already wish I could read it again for the first time. I love everything about this book. The tension. The characters. The love story. I’m sure it will be lovely to reread, but it will never hit me like the first time did.
The Love That Split the World | Emily Henry
This book is weird and crazy and amazing. Another book that had me sobbing on my first read. I would love to experience this story for the first time again. Its twisty and turny and I’m not sure a reread would be quite as satisfying as the first time.
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
This was such a whimsical magical read. It’s definitely not a perfect book, but it’s just so so fun. There’s also some weird confusing plot twists and the ending???? that I would love to read again for the first time.
Lair of Dreams | Libba Bray
Oh god this book is beautiful (not the cover, ew) but the story. If you haven’t read The Diviners yet, please do mostly just so you can get to this book. The focus shifts in this book slightly to two different characters & their story is *chefs kiss* amazing.
Descendant of the Crane | Joan He
If you’ve read this already you know exactly why I would want to read it for the first time again. If you haven’t read it yet, please buy it immediately. If not for the insane story then for the beautiful cover (bc omg it might be the most gorgeous cover art I’ve ever seen???)