Remember Your First Time?


I was recently reading a review on a book that I have  LOVED  and I was actually envious of the reader.  I wanted to be them, opening that treasured book, innocently going in to the pages having no idea….

you are about to change forever.

Do you remember your first time?  What was “that book” for you?  The one that gripped you and hung on tight, and kept you up at night, trying to sleep but not being able to because you couldn’t wait to have that book in your hands again… almost not wanting to share the characters with anyone as you become this jealous reader type version of who you used to be…

Ok… maybe it’s not that bad.  ;)

The question is – what book do you wish you could go back and read again like it was the first time?

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Posted on July 2, 2010, in Book Stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. The one book that I wish I could go back and read again like it was my first time would have to be Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson. This girl is GENUIS! I finished this book like 3 hours, I just couldn’t put it down.

  2. jessica by bryce courtenay….evidently there was a movie made of this either in australia or the uk and i would love to get my hands on it

    btw….wintergirls was excellent!!!!!

  3. Oh, there are tons of them! But I’m too scattered right now to make a list for you. *sigh*

  4. I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one. So many books are like that for me. I think that’s why I’ve been doing my Bookish Nostalgia posts. They take me back to various points in my life and I sort of relive the pleasure of the books through writing about them.

  5. David Morris

    The book I wish I could read all over again was Another Day in Paradise by Mark Reece. The thing is that I had an idea what was coming. I knew the area and I had heard about the story and the storyteller. I wanted it to have a different ending or an ultimate ending, but it has always left me wondering why. So many snippets, so many turncoats and not one with a spine. Maybe the promised sequel will finish it off with the revenge the reader really wants. It’s a true story and deserves a hell of a lot more recognition.

    • David this sounds like one I should look into.

      • David Morris

        Hi, Thanks for your reply. I went and found a copy to get the ISBN for you – 9780956419804 Another Day in Paradise by Mark Reece – it’s on Amazon etc. In many ways, it is a very sad story often bringing the reader to tears but there are smiles aplenty too. It’s a true story based on a guy being completely mislead. Reece is a first time author who self published, but realistically someone should have got hold of him and given him a deal because he has a really good turn of phrase. I’m in the UK but I know many people who have read the book and think it’s a great read. Try it – I would be interested to see what you think. Best, David

      • David – wow, I am looking the book up on Amazon right now. Thanks for the info and your passion for the book! :)

  6. Colleen Turner

    There have been so many. The one I remember being the first to do this is To Kill A Mockingbird. That really triggered my love of ready for life.

  7. I’ve got a different take on this question. When I really love a book, I find that it’s actually BETTER the second time, or the third… Yes, I’m a re-reader!

    • Fiona I understand that – I have had a few of those where I am so excited to read it that I hurry through – then I go back and read it again absorbing every word. I did that with the last harry Potter book and actually read that book through twice in the same week.

  8. Oh, that is difficult to narrow down to one. There have been so many memorable books.

    In my younger days, I would have chosen “Gone With the Wind” or “Rebecca,” by du Maurier.

    More recently, I would choose something like “White Oleander,” by Janet Fitch or “While I Was Gone,” by Sue Miller.

    See? Hard to focus on just one. Each book I have loved has tugged at different parts of me at different points in time.

  9. Phantom Of The Opera most definitely. I’ve actually read that book 8 times. Funny it would almost be considered a penny dreadful in its day. Its not brilliant but the story is really excellent, even though no one really got it right, though the Lloyd-Webber musical came close.

    • Andrea this is one I have never read…… 8 times huh? I feel like I am missing something :)

      • It is really a sweet and sad story, but its fluff, kind of like a Harlequin without the naughty bits. Plus the ending makes more sense than the movies and musical, which is why the sequel musical, even though it has some gorgeous songs, makes me cringe.

  10. I would have to say “The House at Riverton” by Kate Morton. That book really got me and I loved it. I wish I could go back and re-read the first time again. Books like that you can only read once for the “wow” factor.

    • Right Bobbie…. I still search and search for that book that made me feel like the Harry Potter books did and I have yet to find something that touches me so deeply.

  11. The book that really did it for me was The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I remember sobbing so hard while reading that book it was hard for me to even see the words……

  12. I’m not nearly as literary as some of your responders. LOL. I’d have to say the Twilight series or the Harry Potter series. I envy people who are just starting them.

    …And I have the same feeling about people who have just rented the LOST dvds and are getting into the series for the first time….but that’s a whole different blog post. :)

  13. There are so many books that I wish I could do that over again….but remember there are plenty more where those came from! :D

    • True Stace yet even looking at my reading list from this year, there are only a handful that I GUSH over – and wish I could read again and again. :)

  14. How about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

  15. The book I loved when I read it for the first and only time was “Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. I stayed up many a night until the wee small hours of the morning reading. I just did not want to put it down.

  16. For me that would be A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff. It’s an ARC that I had to rush through for the sake of reviewing. I wanted to spend more time enveloping myself in the storyline. And I probably will at some point. Another would be Beloved by Toni Morrison.

  17. I would have to say… “Dogs of Babel” by Carolyn Parkhurst. I recently went back and read that again. One of my favorites. =)

    • Colette I am going to have to look for this one too…. LOL – maybe I shouldnt have posted this – now I want to read all these books :D

  18. Charlotte’s Web-I know it sound silly but it is the books from my childhood I return to. Enough of the suspense-what was the book?

  19. Rebecca Booth

    I remember reading Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk when I was a teenager. It ‘s a simple story, an upper-middle class Jewish girl in New York, her struggles to become a stage actress and to separate from her oppressive parents who are deeply settled in the protocols of their faith. Yet, as Marjorie’s life unfolds on the pages of this book, I fell in love with not only Marjorie, but the wonderful cast of characters who make up her life. This Herman Wouk classic remains new and fresh even on re-reading many years later when my son found me an original copy for Christmas, which now is a prized possession of mine.

  20. Oh man, how to remember the first one! I think it was probably the Secret Garden or a Judy Blume book but what a great question! However, you didn’t put yours in the post :)

  21. For me it was The Secret Garden. Maybe it’s a combination of the book and my age at the time, a preteen, before the teenage angst set in, you know?

  22. Hi Sheila !
    That book for me would be ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker. I read it in a deserted classroom at my school when I was in the 5th grade for straight 4 hours…….and I was terrified !!!!

    It was the first book I read out of my own choice (and on my own). After that read there has been no looking back…..but the terror I felt as I clutched on to my bagpack….the horror of reading what a vampire was…..and to shudder when I read that the ‘Count’ crawled down castle walls like a lizard……..I would like to go through it again but sadly……not many books shake up me these days…..certainly not Twilight !

    Thanks for the question…..it was a joy to answer it.

    • Fiza I have never read Dracula…. I know right?

      You are right to say that not many books can really bring you to that level…. for me the Potter books did it and time and again I will read something that I am told “it’s like Harry Potter”, but as of yet, that same magic has not happened for me.

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