RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

10 Books I Look Forward To Reading Like It's The First Time

FINALLY back on TTT, as I'm currently on a 2-week break between projects and couldn't be happier about it. Apologies again for my prior and possibly future failure to visit other blogs or respond to comments, particularly to Lydia and Susan, who are always rockstars; please know that your comments always make me smile even when I can't think of a worthy response! I think I can actually do it this week, though.

A Very Long Prologue
This week's topic at That Artsy Reader Girl WAS "books I wish I could read again for the first time," but after pondering it for a couple of days, I couldn't think of any. There are no books I think I'd appreciate more now than when I read them the first time, and other than MAYBE Harry Potter -- if that meant also discarding all knowledge of the books picked up elsewhere -- I can't think of anything where the element of surprise or wonder of discovery was so special I'd rather experience that than the familiar joy of a reread.

So I did this twist, because I have a lot of books on my reading list that I don't remember much if anything from, so it will FEEL like I'm reading them for the first time. I did a similar topic in December -- of that list, I've since reread only Lovely, Dark and Deep; it was wonderful -- but it's always fun to think of more!

In fact, I've already started doing this with Tamora Pierce -- I read her first two quartets in middle school, but after finally rereading The Immortals this summer, I could just about count on one hand the number of specific scenes or plot developments I remembered. It was the most amazing experience! Working on Protector of the Small now, which I only read half of before, and then I'll go back to pick up the Lioness. Anyway, as for this post...

1. 101 Dalmatians - Dodie Smith
Because honestly it's embarrassing that I can't remember a DOG BOOK I once put on my "top 100 books of all time" list! (A list I wrote 17 years ago but that's beside the point)

2. A Horse Called Dragon (and its 3 sequels) - Lynn Hall
There are actually a few of hers I've read & forgotten, but after careful scrutiny of those titles, these seem like the most uplifting ones.

3. Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George
I remember a few details, but not many, which is again embarrassing since this was also on my 100 Best Books Ever list and I frequently cite it as a childhood favorite. From the second two in the trilogy, I really remember none at all. So few I am not 100% sure I DID read them...

4. Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden
I truly remember nothing beyond the first chapter or two of this series, and I only ever read 2. Am very curious to know if I will still love them! I hope so...

5. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart - Deb Caletti
I have long claimed this as one of my favorite Caletti books, but it's been almost as long since I realized I have no idea how the story goes anymore.

6. I Am Apache - Tanya Landman
Literally all I remember about this is that it had an age-mismatched mentor/mentee romance that THRILLED MY HEART TO NO END. Also that it was a generally good story with a lot of focus on Native American culture. But specifics? Not a one.

7. The Survival Kit - Donna Freitas
This got 5 stars from me but all I remember is the fact that I loved it?? UN-acceptable. Curse my succinct review style prior to 2013!

8. What Comes After - Steve Watkins
Girl's dad dies, is packed off to relatives so abusive that she ends up in a hospital and then a foster family, but sneaks back to care for the goats she loves on said abusive relatives' farm = a lot of interesting things I don't recall and am ready to experience. I just feel like there are not enough novels that talk about goats and how great they are.

9. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson
Because somewhere along the way, I realized I TOTALLY FORGOT all of the content. That will make up for the fact that neither of her two most recent ones really call to me!

10. Lad: A Dog - Albert Payson Terhune
Or really ANY APT book; I can't keep calling him a favorite author when I legit do not remember anything in any of his novels...
(see also: Jack O'Brien and his Silver Chief books; Jim Kjelgaard...although at least with Kjelgaard I recall a bit more)

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