Top 5 Tuesday #50: I Want to Redo My First Time With These

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books I wish I could read again for the first time

(Rereads are still great, but there is a kind of magic in reading a book for the first time.)

I decided to focus on some of my favorites. The first time I read these books was such a wonderful, magical experience that I’d love to experience it, feel it, again. But I’ve reread them too many times for that to happen now.

Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples

This is a sci-fi/fantasy comic book series about a couple on the run from their respective governments while trying to raise a family. The story quickly sucked me in and, Staples’s art style immediately appealed to me. It was one of the first comic books I tried when I decided to get into them.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is one of my favorite, favorite series, and I’d love to read it again as if for the first time. It’s such a wonderful, magical, entertaining story that I often turn to as a comfort read. I’ve tried to go awhile without rereading them, but I only last about a couple months, lol. I reread at least one of the books about once a year. I think last year was the first in a while that I went a whole year without rereading them (but maybe I did and forgot because I no longer count them in my read books).

You by Caroline Kepnes

Oh man! I love this book despite how unsettling it can be. It’s a thriller about a guy stalking a girl but told from the stalker’s perspective. The story was mind-blowing the first time I read it, and the audio book was captivating the first time I listened to it because Santino Fontana did such a fantastic job depicting Joe’s (the protagonist and stalker) voice. I’d like to both read the physical copy and listen to the audiobook as if for the first time.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

It’s the same with the Night Circus. I love this story. It’s historical fantasy about a two magicians competing to see whose protégé is the best, and the circus is their stage. It’s a fantastic story with such beautiful prose that I was hooked the entire time I read. The audiobook, too, is great. It’s narrated by the same dude who does the U.S. Harry Potter audiobooks — Jim Dale. I’d love to visit this circus again as if for the first time.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

It took me a while to try A Game of Thrones because I thought I wouldn’t like it, but when I did, I was immediately hooked. The story sucked me in and the characters held me captive as I wondered what they’d do next or what would happen to them. I haven’t yet caught up in the books — I still need to read A Dance With Dragons — but, for now, I’m holding off until GRRM finishes the series.

So, what books would you like to read again as if for the first time?


16 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #50: I Want to Redo My First Time With These

  1. Great list here. I’d love to try Saga sometime. There are so many books I’d love to read again for the first time, though it’s possible some might not live up to my memory as I was very young when first reading them and I’ve no clue if they’d still hold the same power now. But it would be great to relive that experience. Some examples are The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (it holds up no problem), The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks, Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy, It by Stephen King, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and more recently, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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    1. Oh I highly recommend you start Saga. Maybe read through all the volumes currently out on a chill weekend. You can borrow from your library. 🙂
      Ah, that’s the trick with revisiting books we enjoyed when we were younger: they might not live up to our memory of them.
      It’s the first I’ve heard of Master of the Five Magics. I’m curious, so I’ll look it up.


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