I love to re-read books, but there is nothing quite like that first time through, when absolutely anything can happen and you can’t put the book down because you have to know what happens next. I miss that. There are a handful of books that, when my friends read them for the first time, I find myself jealous of the original, first-time-through reading.
Here are books that I wish I could read again and experience for the very first time:
1. All of Harry Potter, but especially the end of Deathly Hallows. I finished it on a work trip in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in the early morning hours, while my heart raced and I stopped every few paragraphs to count through horcruxes on my fingertips– “The diary … the locket … the ring … the cup … what am I missing?!” And that walk into the forbidden forest, not knowing what was going to happen next. I was weeping like a baby and loving every single moment of it.
2. All of Narnia, but especially Voyage of the Dawn Treader. When Lucy walked down that empty hallway on the island of the dufflepuds, I was sincerely terrified, having zero idea of what was ahead. I felt every step with the same trepidation as Lucy … or more (she is braver than I am!).
3. Finnikin of the Rock. So many wonderful surprises in this clever book; if only I could go back with a tabula rasa and be shocked once more at the discoveries!
4. When You Reach Me. Unraveling this one as I went was so exciting that I remember shouting aloud when I finally figured things out. While I will love this book forever, I will never get to have that “aha!” moment again.
5. That Hideous Strength. To perch on that terrifying edge of the future, not knowing whether good or evil would triumph … not knowing how good could possibly overcome this pervasive, “progressive” evil … propelled through the pages, needing to know …
How about you? What books would make your list?