What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?
When I first read this question, I was positive that I knew my answer. “East of Eden,” I was going to tell you. Since it is my all-time favorite book, I thought it would be interesting to have another first time with it. Then I realized that I LIKE rereading “East of Eden.” I love that I can find something new each time I read it, I love having it be a familiar read that I can simply fall into immediately.
Instead, I think I’d love to be able to read “Cutting for Stone” again for the first time. I listened to it as an audiobook initially instead of actually reading it. Unfortunately, I think that the audiobook is not the right approach for this book, even though it was technically very well done. “Cutting for Stone” is an epic book and 45 minute chunks of listening while navigating through Chicago traffic just doesn’t do it justice. Unfortunately, I now have to wait quite a while before I’m going to be able to read it again, because the story is too fresh in my mind and if I read it now it will lose its wonder. Although the audiobook experience was enjoyable enough, I wish I could just erase it from my memory and read this book for the first time…again.
What book do you wish you could read again as if for the first time? What is it about the book that makes you WANT to read it again for the first time?