Top Ten Tuesday (10/11/11)

Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

  1. American Gods/Stardust: Being A Romance Within the Realms of Faerie/Sandman/All of Neil Gaiman – I am not sure I can explain how wonderful his books are to watch unfold for the first time.  If you are a reader with a hands down favorite author you might understand.
  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – This was one of my favorite books I may never read again. It was so thought provoking and dismal and depressing. But it was beautifully told and artistically developed, I wish I could bring myself to do it again.
  3. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire- I think this might be the first time I thought about a character’s back story.
  4. Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey – This was the first “adult” fantasy I ever read. It was recommended to me at a time when escape was the holy grail. To be whisked away to another life where one was important and powerful was, not unusually, the big wish I never got.
  5. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – Hands down the best Science Fiction I have ever read.I wish I could go back and rediscover Father Emilio Sandoz’s secret all over again.
  6. The Wood Wife by Terri Windling – Best blend of traditional fantasy and magical realism I have read, much as it pains me to put The Magicians at number two. Having moved to Tucson myself and finding it alien and beautiful, this story spoke to me in ways that continue to show themselves.
  7. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – Connolly is a thriller writer who I wish wrote more fairy tales.  So until then I have to reread this one over and over again.
  8. The Complete Harry Potter Collection by JK Rowling – This was the first series The Girl and I every read together.  The first set of big books we tackled. I would love to experience that all over again.
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – I want to be able to reread this without the subtext smacking me in the face. My first read of this book I completely missed the allegory of Christ’s crucifixion.  But I did spend years daydreaming about doorways to magical places and faun with tea services.
  10. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – This book restored my love of magical realism and has set up a new goal for next year’s reading.