Books you’d unread to read them again for the first time

Most of us have our favourite books that we like to reread every now and then, but nothing beats that very first moment you read a cherished book; discovering its many secrets and following its twists and turns. Yes, it is true that if wait long enough, changes in yourself mean that rereading a book can make it feel like a new book. Even the dimming of memory can cause a jolt in a section you’d forgotten, but it never quite captures the thrill of a first read.

With this in mind, I asked you to choose one book or series that you would like to unread so you can experience reading it for the first time once more. Here are the 20 top books you would like to unread.

Storming ahead to top our poll with 30 votes is the Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling. No single book in the series stood out, you wanted to read them all for the first time.

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Joint second place is held by two timeless classics. With 11 votes each, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind proved to be popular choices.

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Next, with 8 votes, came J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. An ever present favourite with our reading addicts, this trilogy always seems to get a mention.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green brings us back to contemporary fiction, with 6 votes in favour of reading this book for the first time again.

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The much loved novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak follows, with 5 of you wanting that first time thrill once more.

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Three books shared the next place, with 4 votes each. You were unable to separate Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga, and Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear series.

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Many books took 3 votes each, and these were:

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
The Stand – Stephen King
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Outlander series – Diana Gabalden
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

I hope you enjoyed the list, especially as you chose what was on it. There were almost 200 books mentioned in all, far too many to list but feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

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