Books/Series I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme for this week is books I wish I could read for the first time again, but I’ve modified it a little to include some book series as well. I love them as a whole, but wouldn’t choose just one of them to read like new again.

I’ve tried to pick from books I’ve read less recently, but it’s really hard when fresher books are competing in your mind, isn’t it?

The Quintaglio Ascension trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer

I’m very amused that I’ve included Far-Seer on these lists so many times, but perhaps that tells you how much I really do love it. I would love to read these fresh again; I wouldn’t even need vague memories of what they are. One look at the covers would get me. I might be confused about where I got the name for my bearded dragon, though.

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Uzumaki

I’ve read a lot of Ito’s works now, with experience tempering my feelings on him somewhat, but there’s no denying how much of a horror masterpiece this story is. Even before I first read it, I’d heard a lot about certain chapters and developments within. I’d love nothing more than to read it with no idea of what to expect.

The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman et al.

Definitely my favourite of all of Gaiman’s works, it would just be marvelous to immerse myself in and learn about this world dreams and endless beings again.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

ColourOfMagicCover

What I specifically want with this book would be to read it without any knowledge of the rest of the series. I’d picked up plenty here and there before I decided to start this first book, not to mention I’d actually read the fifteenth book years before that. It would just be great to discover this series with no outside influence.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

I only read this book a few years ago, but nobody told me how weird the narrative framing was. I was properly confused initially, but quickly fell in love with the unique reading experience. I’d love to do that all over again.

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

The Dark Tower series

I loved finishing up this series in 2016-2017, but I actually read the first book all the way back in 2010. Not only would I like to read it like-new again, but I’d like to actually do it in a timely fashion. I know fans had to wait ages for the final books, but I had no such excuse. They were all ready for me.

If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

if on a winter's night a traveler

This novel is another really unique reading experience that I’d simply love to go through again. Half of it is first chapters to books with no continuation. As alienating as that may sound, it’s actually pretty great.

Hellboy by Mike Mignola

I love this series, but it took a long time to grow on me and way longer for me to collect every volume. I’d love to have a fresh start with it and read it all again over a shorter amount of time.

Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson

Why I Hate Canadians

A collection of essays that I’d owned for goodness knows how long before I actually decided to read it, discovering what this was all about was hilarious, fascinating, and eye-opening. It made me think about what it means to be a Canadian in ways I really hadn’t before.

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos

This novel feels the most unremarkable on this list to me, but it really was just a nice, pleasant surprise; I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I now do. Instead of just using the women of Midwich as vehicles of the plot, an astounding amount of attention was given to what they’re going through instead, making it one of my favourite science fiction novels.


Until next time, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own list down below.

2 thoughts on “Books/Series I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

    • It’s definitely a stand-out reading experience. I’ve heard mixed feelings on the last book, but I really loved it. Far from perfect, but a great finale as far as I’m concerned.

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