Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

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This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time. These books are all special to me, but it’s hard to recapture the magic the second time around because of surprise endings or plot twists. I think the only one on this list I’ve actually re-read is The Hunger Games.

In no particular order, these are the books I wish I could read again for the first time:

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – There’s so much tension and suspense in this book. It would be such a different experience reading it again knowing how it will turn out.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This book holds up very well through re-reads, but it’s hard to match the emotional punch of the first read.

4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – A magical, emotional and romantic read that I’ve only read once.

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – A gut-wrenching read that I’m not sure would be the same once you know the ending.

6. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – I’ve devoured all these books, but it would be fun to revisit them sometime.

7. Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready – One of my favorite recent YA paranormal series, though I’m not sure it would be the same reading it a second time.

8. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab  – Such a gorgeously written and exciting book. Wish I could experience it again with fresh eyes.

9. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I listed Anna as a book I’d like to re-read recently, and I’d like to re-read the companion book again too.

10. Chime by Franny Billingsley – So many surprises when you first read this book. Would it be just as magical a second time?

What books do you wish you could read again for the first time?


9 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

  1. Lots of awesome books listed. Totally agree with Hunger Games & Near Witch. I have most of the others on my shelf waiting to be read.

    Top 2

  2. Taneika says:

    Great picks! I haven’t read any of these apart from Hunger Games but so many of these books are on the top of my TBR list!!

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  3. More books to add to my TBR pile! I’ve only read the Hunger Games from among your list this week. But everything sounds mighty intriguing. 🙂

  4. Samantha says:

    I completely agree with If I Stay, I think it would be really different the second time around.

  5. This is a good list! It’s basically all the books I still need to read, lol.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Ooh, once again, great design with your list. My sister and I keep doing ours at the list minute and forget to do the covers. I must read Daughter of Smoke and Bone — everyone keeps mentioning it. I loved “Lola,” but my heart still belongs to “Anna.”

    Hey, would you like to be one of our upcoming “Ya Junkies”: ? I’d love to add you!

  7. What a great list of books!

  8. dsuzuki says:

    Awesome picks! I would love to read If I Stay for the first time again. It made me cry. Here’s my list

  9. So many awesome books there that I wish I had the time to read. Review books take over for me but I can’t wait to crack into Lola & Wither. But The Hunger Games was amazing! 🙂

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