Thursday, May 21, 2009

Booking Through Thursday

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What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?

(Interestingly, I thought that I had thought this one up myself, but when I started scrolling through the Suggestions, found that Rebecca had suggested almost exactly this question a couple months ago. So, we both get credit!)

Tough question. I would love to be able to read all my favorites for the first time! The first thing that came to mind was of course Possession (A.S. Byatt), and then East of Eden (Steinbeck); those were both deeply satisfying reading experiences not replicated elsewhere in my reading life. Great Expectations is another I'd love to read again for the first time. Hey- they're classics for a reason, right?

Link to other Booking Through Thursday answers here.


26 comments:

The Social Frog said...

I have not read "Possession" or "East of Eden" but they both sound really good!www.thesocialfrog.com

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Nice selection ;) Although I have not read any of them!!

Brenda Copeland said...

ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Mona Simpson. It's got one of my favorite first lines: "We fought."

gautami tripathy said...

East of Eden is a great book!

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Nise' said...

I've yet to get through GE, but loved East of Eden too.

The Dotterel said...

For sheer 'blown away' impact on first reading, my choice would have to be...Lord of the Flies, by William Golding - the single most heart-stoppingly, page-turningly dramatic book I read as a teenager. Of course, I'd have to be a teenager again, too!

Scobberlotcher said...

Oh yes - East of Eden. That is one of those books I need to reread. :) Sadly, I have never read Possession.

Kimberly said...

I first read Little Women when I was 9 and although I still read it once a year, I still remember being shocked and amazed and touched by every point where I should have been shocked, amazed or touched.

I don't feel that way often with books anymore...I'm more cynical I guess.

Amy said...

I agree on POSSESSION. I was so bummed when it was over. I also would love to read Tom Robbins' FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES again for the first time.

-Amy
(Life by Candlelight)

Bluestocking said...

Hi Marie!!! I haven't read any of these either. Here is A Second First Time

JoAnn said...

East of Eden is one of my all-time favorites! I bought Possession at the library book sale last year, but haven't read it yet. Hope to get to it soon!

mattviews said...

Books that have surprise ending or a twist would be refreshing to me. I also read my favorite books, like Name of the Rose and The Master and Margarita.

Interesting how many of the bloggers' selections are classics.

Mary said...

I know I'll read East of Eden again. I'm a Steinbeck fan. I try to re-read a couple each year.

Ladybug said...

I have not read any of these books but I actually looked at East of Eden in my mothers bookshelf just the other day(I recall it as more than one book??). I will read it sometime.

Here is my BTT post.

Ellen Steinbaum said...

The Master by Colm Toibin, a beautiful novel in which Toibin imagines Henry James's life in England. And what a great idea, to think about having a favorite book still ahead of you to discover.

Nymeth said...

Possession is such an excellent choice!

Ambrosia Jefferson said...

Thank you for commenting at my blog :) Great choice for your own book!

Seaside Book worm said...

I don't participate so I will just answer the question. I would love to Read, The Great Gatsby. That one was my favorite. Hearing what your favorite it I will try East of Eden too.

bokunosekai said...

thx for visiting my blog :)

I was wondering about great expectation but haven't got a chance to read it yet

Dar said...

East of Eden is most definitely a book to read again. I've read it twice and it probably won't be the last time.

violetcrush said...

I've been wanting to read East of Eden for a long time. May be I should get to it.

Frances said...

Possession is one of my favorites. Great choice. Just ordered a special copy from The Folio Society, and am awaiting my copy of the new A.S. Byatt as well.

classicvasilly said...

East of Eden is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm glad you mentioned it. Hope your weekend is going great.

Zibilee said...

I agree, I would love to read Great Expectations again for the first time. Also, The Master and Margarita would be great to read again for the first time.

Marie said...

Brenda- Nice. Nice opening line. Succinct.