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...
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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