I love books, you love books, we all love books. There are books that we love more than we love others, and then there are books so great, so brilliant, so bloody magical, that, given the option, we would go back in time purely to read them again… for the very first time.
The Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
The book series that I have never ever forgotten and never intend to. I’ve reread each book several times and I am partway through listening to the books (for the very first time) on audiobook, narrated by the amazing Stephen Fry. The magic hasn’t disappeared, of course, but I still remember a primary school friend explaining the brick tapping entry to Diagon Alley and the way it really stirred my imagination for, I believe, the first time in my life. My love for this series, the whole magical Harry Potter world, is boundless, but even so. what would be truly amazing is if I could experience the wonder again for the first time.
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
I feel like this one very nearly goes without saying. Nearly. I read it over the course of a week and a half last year and, while I have loved books in the past, reading Gone With The Wind was the book equivalent of a whirlwind romance. I fell hard and I fell fast, and I wish (God, do I wish) I could experience that again. Every book since has been compared to GWTW whether I wanted it to be, or not, and I’m sure no romance will ever top that of Rhett and Scarlett. I’ll be rereading this sometime this year, trying everything I can to replicate that first reading.
A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin
I’ve told this story before, but I embarked upon the Song of Ice & Fire series only after having seen series one of Game of Thrones. I’ve now seen the TV show and read each book more than once, and more than just wishing I could read the book again for the first time, I wish I could read it without ever having seen the TV show. I wonder how much the show impacted my interpretation of the book, and whether I would have liked it as much – or even less – had I not seen the show beforehand.
The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
A recent discovery, sure, but I’d be lying if I said this book hasn’t infected my thoughts and taken over the part of my brain devoted to fangirling over books. It’s one of those books of which I just want… more. Thankfully, it’s a series, but even after three books – and with only one to go – I still want more. There just aren’t enough well written urban fantasy books that include ravens and ley lines and dead Welsh kings, if you ask me.