Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week is a freebie, so I chose the old topic of “books I wish I could read again for the first time.”
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– This book was fun, disturbing, and made me think. I wish I could repeat that same feeling of horror I felt when I finished this book.
2. The Harry Potter series– There is really nothing like reading this series for the first time and discovering a whole new world and new characters that you can’t help but fall in love with!
3. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner– I have such strong memories of reading this book for the first time and being totally swept away by the story. I am not sure if I read it for the first time today I’d be quite as affected, but I wish I could be!
4. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson– Nearly everyone has read this short story at some point and I’d have to bet that the twist to it is unforgettable. I wish I could go back and read it without knowing what was going to happen at the end and be shocked and appalled all over again!
5. The Remains of the Dayby Kazuo Ishiguro– Another book where the sense of horror/disturbance creeps up on you. I love that feeling, but it is hard to replicate when you remember what is coming.
6. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell– This is one of my favorite books that I’ve discovered through blogging… and I wish I could read it with a clean slate because it is a really endearing story.
7. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson– A suspense story where the big twist is hard to forget. I was totally glued to the pages of this one and that is a feeling I would love to have again and again and again.
8. American by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism by David Noble– I read this book while I was in grad school and it is pretty critical about the relationship between universities and corporations in the areas of science and technology. I didn’t much care for it or really get the point. Now I work at a university founded by the founders of a technology company, in a department that works to commercialize university research. I have a feeling this book would resonate in a totally different way with me now and would have liked to bring this new experience to the table when I read this book.
9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt– I loved this book when I was a kid. While much of the story has faded from my memory and reading it now would probably be like reading it fresh, I don’t have a particularly great track record with going back to books I loved as a kid. My adult tastes don’t seem to be exactly in line with my childhood ones.
10. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn– This ghost story scared my pants off when I was a kid and stuck with me because the ghost’s name is Helen Elizabeth which is a reverse of my first and middle names. I remember a surprising amount of what happens in this story, so wish I could read it and get the same creepiness I did as a kid.
What books do you wish you could read again for the first time? What Top Ten Tuesday topic did you pick this week? Please post your links in the comments!