This week’s BTT question was fascinating and I couldn’t pass it up, even if I’m going to be a little late in answering the question. The question was: What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time? This is a great question! I think one of the highest praise someone can give a book is “Oo, I’m so jealous that you haven’t read that yet!” My aunt told me that when she realized I’d never read Interview with a Vampire (still haven’t! Will soon though, hopefully.) And since then, it’s been a compliment I think about every time I recommend a book. There are some books that are better savored and reread, but there are some that will never be quite as magical as the first time you read them. I think I found this a lot more when I was younger. I would read and reread books, trying to recapture that magical feeling I got when I read them for the first time.
Oh, to be able to read Ella Enchanted for the first time again!
I would pay a lot of money to forget A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, just so I can experience that magic one more time. I know on my first reread of this novel I will find many more reasons tof all in love with it, but I’ll never forget that first read.
How about Fingersmith? Those twists and turns only come around once.
Or what about A Wrinkle in Time? Can we talk about how that book changed my life? How I remember what clothes I was wearing when I was reading it? How long it took me? How many times I tried to read passages out loud to my mother only to have her raise her eyebrows at me and listen. Grudgingly.
So, I guess, if I only had to pick one, it would be A Wrinkle in Time. But only if I was allowed to go back and read it with my 10 year old eyes.