Books I wish I could read again for the first time

While I don’t watch booktok content, I still spend a lot of time on tiktok and the other day I saw a video from a bookstore (I didn’t save the video so I don’t know who they are), where booksellers talked about books they wish they could read for the first time, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what books would I choose. So today I want to share the books I came up with:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: this book made me feel so many things so strongly when I read it and I don’t think it would be quite the same on re-read. Also, I think the creepy moments and the horror of the reveals hit harder on the first read.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: this book has so many different elements (a pandemic, a cult, a theater group, some graphic novels) and different timelines, and the first time I read it it was hard to imagine how they all fit together. I would love to experience again the moment when everything made sense and I saw how every thread was tied together.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: when I read this, I felt like I was lost in a strange and beautiful world and I was so intrigued by the mystery of this library, and I would love to have that feeling again and I think it may no be as strong on a re-read

Jade City by Fonda Lee: Something happens in this book that broke my heart and I think that feeling can really only be experienced fully the first time around.Also, the not knowing what’s going to happen next and feeling like no one is safe is not the same once you know what happened.

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews: this series brought me so much joy, I read all 10 books in about 2 weeks and I fell in love with the characters and the world. I would love to experience again that moment when I realized that I had found something special.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: This book is full of suspense, secrets and lies, and I would love to read it again without knowing who is behind everything, if the accusations about the characters are true, and if anyone is going to survive. I remember trying to figure out the mystery being a really fun part of the reading experience because it felt like all the clues were there, I would love to have that again.

Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese: beyond the fact that this book is excellent, I wish I could read it for the first time because it made me confront the things I assume about people when I meet them and it wouldn’t happen on a re-read because I’d go in knowing that the assumption is wrong.

Headliners by Lucy Parker: this book was a great romance and part of the reason why it’s the humor, I laughed out loud so many times because there were so many funny moments that came unexpectedly and I think they won’t be as funny a second time around, so I would love to be able to experience it for the first time again.

What books do you wish you could read for the first time?

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10 thoughts on “Books I wish I could read again for the first time

    1. that makes sense! I feel like that about some books but it’s mostly books that I feel like I read at the perfect time when I needed them. So i would like to go back to that specific moment instead of reading them for the first time now because I don’t know if they would have the same impact.

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  1. Oh, I loved this post! 🥰 I think The Starless Sea and Jade City would be on my list too. I do really want to reread The Starless Sea but I am worried it won’t be the same as the first time!!
    ahh.., you’ve made me so intrigued about Mexican Gothic! It sounds amazing. I will admit Station Eleven, for all its popularity, has never caught my attention until now. You’ve convinced me. It sounds so fascinating! I also need to read Only When It’s Us. Okay, yup, I need to read all these books! 😅

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    1. I feel scared of rereading some of my favorite books too because what if I don’t enjoy it, I think that’s why the idea of being able to read a book for the first time again seems so appealing to me. I’m so happy that I made you want to read these books, I hope you love Mexican Gothic, Station Eleven and Only When It’s Us as much as I did!

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  2. Wonderful post Sofia!! 🥰 I love the Bergman brothers series and I wish I could read the books for the first time again!! The whole series is so beautifully diverse and I remember the sense of comfort I felt when I read them!! and this makes me soo excited to finally read Jade City! I bought the audiobook yesterday. Thank you for this post!

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  3. i can definitely see why you’d want to read jade city for the first time again! i’ve been meaning to reread it for a while, and honestly it’ll feel like i’m reading it for the first time since i don’t remember anything lol (but i of course remember that one devastating event 😭)

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