Booking Through Thursday: Second First Time

Booking Through Thursday: Second First Time

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Here is this week’s question:

We all know the beauty of reading a really wonderful book for the first time—when everything about the story and the writing and the timing click to make a reader’s perfect storm … but it’s fleeting, because you can never read that book for the first time again.

So … if you could magically reset things so that you had the chance to read a favourite book/series again for the first time … which would you choose? And why?

And then, since tastes change … Do you think it would have the same affect on you, reading it now, as it did when you read it the first time? Would you love it just as much? Would you risk it?

If I could have a do-over, I would love to re-read Agatha Christie’s novels. Romances are timeless and I can always read an urban fantasy heroine saving the world again. Mysteries however are a different kettle of fish. Imagine reading Murder on the Orient Express and not knowing everyone did it or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd without suspecting the protagonist was actually the killer. I barrelled through these novels as a teen without taking the time to savour them and I really regret that. I want to work out who the murderer was in And Then There Were None just once without my knowledge of pop culture getting in the way. 

The series I would most like to reread would have to be Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Bitten was one of my first urban fantasy novels and even though I didn’t particularly like Clay, Elena was such an extraordinary character.  I have read quite a few urban fantasy novels now so I think I would appreciate Armstrong’s skill more than I did when I first approached it.

Firelight by Kristen Callihan would be another must-read-over. I wish I could get swept up in the romance between Lord Archer and Miranda without knowing Archer’s back story. I have reread the novel a few times already and the Gothic romance gets me every time.

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2 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Second First Time

  1. I totally agree with you about Agatha Christie–I devoured her books when I was in my teens and LOVED trying to figure out the endings. I have reread several of them since–but more for the craft of the writing than for the mysteries.

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