Thursday, 22 August 2013

Booking Through Thursday: Second First Time

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme, hosted by btt2, about (mostly) books and reading.

We all know the beauty of reading a really wonderful book for the first time—when everything about the story and the writing and the timing click to make a reader’s perfect storm … but it’s fleeting, because you can never read that book for the first time again.
So … if you could magically reset things so that you had the chance to read a favorite book/series again for the first time … which would you choose? And why?
And then, since tastes change … Do you think it would have the same affect on you, reading it now, as it did when you read it the first time? Would you love it just as much? Would you risk it?

I'm going to have to do an old & new one, since I seriously can't just pick one book, the old being one of the first books that made an impression and started the reading addiction, and the new being the only one that has since.

The Old
Speak, when I was 13 I borrowed it from my school library, and once I was old enough to buy it myself, I did. Though I haven't read it again since then, because I have the story set in my head, and I feel like I've given it a martyr complex, that if I do read it again- that it'll change into something less. I've read so many since Speak, so many I can't even count, so I don't know if it would make the same impression that it did then, and I don't really want to find out.

The New
There are a few selected books that I'd love to read for the first time again, like Harry Potter, Splintered, Ultraviolet, Vampire Academy, and I've read them many times. Though there's only one that's really plagued me in a good and bad way. It's an immoral one, and a little twisted. But it is the only one since that's imposed so many questions and rants, and actually made my heart hurt by the end of it. So painfully beautiful and well written. I haven't read it since the first time either. I've given it the same complex.

The book?

Heart-Shaped Bruise by