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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I could Read again for the First Time

Hello! It's been a while! I'm back now, and thought I'd do today's Top Ten while I conjure up some personal bookish posts I want to do :)
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a really fun meme with a different topic every time!This week is a really good one, which I think I can come up with 10 to!

  1. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I automatically thought of this one, because I recently re-read it and it was like-probably better-than the first time. Such a refreshing series! I highly recommend it. Absolutely delightful. For those who don't know, it's about an orphan girl who "accidentally" gets adopted by a middle aged brother and sister, and her experiences and growth. Poor summary, but there it is. 
  2. The Lamplighter by Maria Cummins. I've mentioned this book before, I'm sure, because I absolutely adore it. I loved it from the time my mother read the first words aloud. Every time I read it, it's like the first time so I don't know if it counts...but it's certainly relevant :) About another orphan girl, rescued from almost absolute death and a terrible existence by an old lamp-lighter, and her life-full of such unexpected twists and turns. Absolutely lovely :)
  3. Emma by Jane Austen. This I sincerely wish I could read for the first time again. I've read it several times, but the first time was so delightful, and so surprising and enjoyable, no re-read has amounted to it. :p If you're not familiar with Austen novels you must've been living under a rock. But this one's about a rich, rather arrogant young woman and the learning of her lessons. Ultimately a delightful romance and otherwise entertaining story. 
  4. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. I haven't re-read this yet, but there are no words to describe how much I enjoyed it the first time I did. I'm planning to re-read it this winter, and I hope it's as enjoyable. Which, knowing Dickens books long-standings as classics, it shall be. This incredible story is a wonderfully amusing and entertaining novel with an amazingly intricate plot. This book gave me all the admiration and respect for Dickens brilliance that I didn't have before I read his work. One of the best, Pickwick Papers is. 
  5. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. I'm currently re-reading this, and it's almost as good as the first time. It's not as good, because my dislike of certain characters is stronger :p. But, I've been gaining a lot of insight into human character that I didn't realize the first time I read the book. Lovely story about a young girl and her trials subsequent to her father's remarriage. Intricate plot and excellent writing. Truly. Recommend.
  6. Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of Nihm by Robert C. O'Brien. This is certainly one of the books I wish I could read again for the first time. I don't think I could re-read it with as much pleasure-I think most of my enjoyment of this book came from the unexpected contained within. For those who love all animals, mystery, and unique stories, this book is for you. 
Well, not even past 6 and I'll have to admit, I can't come up with 10 to this! But I enjoyed it anyway, and I hope you take up one of my recommendations if they appeal to you :)

1 comment:

  1. I nearly put 'Emma' on my list as well (since its one of my favourite books) but I decided against it since I couldn't think of any real reason why it wouldn't be as good the second time round. Anyway, great pick and great list!

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