I am a frequent rereader, and in a given month it’s rare that there’s not at least one reread (last month there was 3 rereads and one new read). However, even though rereading is always so much fun, it’s not quite the same as the first experience.
So, today, inspired by a recent Top 10 Tuesday, I thought I’d share 7 books that I really wish I could read for the first time!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Picking an all-time favourite book is a difficult feat. But if someone asked me that question right now, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo would be the first book to spring to mind (alongside Malibu Rising also by Jenkins Reid) .
A plot filled with 60s Hollywood drama you’ll be hooked on, a determined and strong female lead and beautiful writing. I put down this book feeling like I’d read a real life biography because the whole cast of characters just felt incredibly real.
I won’t stop talking about this book and I would love to experience Evelyn’s story for the first time all over again.
Goodreads (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) Goodreads (Malibu Rising)
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Once again – Six of Crows is easily up there with my favourite books (ever), and Crooked Kingdom follows right behind. I had such high expectations going into this one due to the sheer extent of the hype & thankfully, this series met every single one. Such a beautiful found family where I adored each complex character, a fast-paced plot with such a palpable tension the entire time, challenges and hurdles, descriptive world building and stunning writing.
Can you really ask for more?
I wish I could experience both of these again because when I tell you I was hooked – I was hooked and on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Goodreads (Six Of Crows) / Goodreads (Crooked Kingdom)
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn
I’m planning on writing a chapter of The Book Briefing blog series (see 01 and 02) on this book because WOW. The magical realism, the dark academia college atmosphere, the characters (Selewyn Kane is my newest fictional crush<3), the twists and turns, the writing. Impeccable.
I had seen so many positive reviews of this one but went in pretty blind, only to be SO IMPRESSED. All the capitals because this book was incredible and I can’t wait for book 2’s release (in 2022 so hold me while I wait).
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab is the queen of world building in YA fantasy (she says, having only read two of her books; but believe me anyway please) and I would love to experience this world for the first time.
The descriptions of Verity, the tense atmosphere, the lurking monsters and their slow rise. Stunning!! It was also so cleverly woven into the plot so it never felt like an info dump.
This was one of the first YA fantasies I picked up (alongside Throne of Glass was a massive disappointment), and it was such an incredible introduction to the genre.
August and Kate have remained some of my favourite characters of all-time – I loved their complexity and how they slowly began to influence each other with their strengths. It was also a purely platonic relationship which we love to see!!
The Shadow Games series by Amanda Foody
THIS SERIES. Plot twist after plot twist and such an addictive plot! I was utterly and completely hooked and flew through this trilogy.
I wish I could read it for the first time again, purely to experience the insane rollercoaster that this was! I might do a reread in the future anyway but I’m not sure it will be as good when you know the twists in advance?
I definitely want to read more from the author in future though, and Amanda Foody’s debut (Daughter of The Burning City) is on my tbr list!
Goodreads (Ace of Shades) Goodreads (King of Fools) Goodreads (Queen of Volts)
2 thoughts on “5 Books I wish I could read for the first time”
I’d love to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone for the first time again, it’s one of my all time favorite!
Ooh I haven’t read that one – it’s been on my tbr for years though!