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Top 10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

The Broke and the Bookish’s challenge for this week is to list the ten books you wish you could read again for the first time:

1. Neuromancer by William Gibson – I can remember feeling like I had fallen down a virtual rabbit hole when I read this about fifteen years ago. I wonder what I would mak of it now in a cyber-connected and technologically-dominant world.

2. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta – I was so shocked by the fate of one of the central characters in this book and can remember making everyone around me read it just so we could talk about it.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I had to read this for Year 12 and immediately fell completely in love with it. I suspect I would enjoy it even more now as an adult.

4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – as a precocious young ‘un who always read way above my age group, I first read this in primary school and I think I would have appreciated more if I read it when I was older.

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I have very rarely set about reading the entire backlist and all subsequent books by an author but this one set me off on that path with Atwood.

6. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – I could nto stop thinking about this book while I was reading it or for weeks after. Divisive, original and utterly shocking.

7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – I have since re-read this play countless times for various assignments but no re-reading has ever matched the exquisite bliss of the first.

8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome – laughed so much that I cried…now I know when to expect the jokes, it is less satisfying.

9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – I thought I was going to hate this book and adored it instead. Would like to read it for the first time without that original preconception.

10. Perfume by Patrick Suskind – would be good to read this for the first time without all the accompanying hype and talk that surrounded it when I first read it.

The Literary Nomad xx


Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Authors I Am Dying To Meet…

This week, The Broke and the Bookish asks which ten authors – living or dead – would you like to meet? Where to start and how to limit myself to ten? Here goes…

  1. Margaret Atwood – ever since I first read The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye at school, I have devoured all of her books. She is also prolific in reviewing others’ works and writing poetry and social comment so I think she would have some interesting stories about the literary world.
  2. Dorothy Parker – I love witty puns and barbs and she was the queen of them.
  3. JK Rowling – I would be interested to know what her literary influences are. I am sure she has probably answered this in an interview somewhere but I would also be keen to hear her whole story and where her fabulous imagination comes from.
  4. Christopher Hitchens and Martin Amis – both are committed to creating perfect sentences in which each word is used to convey exactly what is intended. Additionally, both are also capable of the witty pun and barb (see above).
  5. William Shakespeare – I would like to know which of is plays was his favourite, which he thought was or were flop(s) and his inspirations.
  6. Roald Dahl – same reason as JK Rowling – where does such originality, imagination and unpredictability come from?
  7. Stieg Larsson – I read in a Vanity Fair article that he saw Lisbeth as a sort-of grown-up Pippi Longstocking – I am wondering just what kind of strange version of Pippi he read…
  8. Truman Capote – could you imagine the gossip?
  9. Clive James – witty, funny and a diversionary conversationalist – it would be like doing a gymnastics routine in talking.
  10. Thomas Pynchon – to fnd out if he really does exist and have him explain Gravity’s Rainbow to me.

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