Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time (BEspring19)

How is it over half way through April and Bookending Spring already? Today I’m back, with my second prompt for you all. Books we wish we could read for the first time. Some books stick in our minds long after, we turn that final page. Those books, often leave a more noticeable mark on our hearts, our minds and our views sometimes too. Whether we fell in love with the characters, or the world…whether it was because we felt seen for the first time by a book. Some books you want to be able to read again but as if it were the first time, experience everything like you did originally.

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2019, which is one out of four events run under the umbrella term, “Bookend Events”. It’s Co-Created by myself and Sam @ Fictionally Sam, for more information on Bookend Events as a whole check the link! This is my second prompt post for the event! If you do this prompt, remember you MUST link back to the original Hosts prompt!


Any books count, graphic novels, anthologies, poems, if it’s a book that you read then it counts. (read in any format too, they all count!) You can also just say the whole series, if you’d want to read the entire series again and not just one book! Let’s see the top 3 books I wish I could read again, in a random order.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This series holds a special place in my heart, it was there in some of my darkest hours and being able to escape to this world. With these characters was truly magical and something I needed when I was 12/13. Nothing will ever beat the amount of times I laughed with these character, the times I wanted to yell at them and of course the moment I read the back page of A Clockwork Princess. I have a really bad reading habit, in that I sometimes read the last page before finishing the book. I did that with A Clockwork Princess, it didn’t make any sense so I read the entire Epilogue.


Yep, I actually left the bookmark in at like 200 pages or so in, read the entire epilogue, sobbed my heart out. The practically chucked the back onto the shelf frantically because I wasn’t ready for it yet. It was truly something but I’d not change my first experience for anything, because going back to that last book more than a year later. Was like coming home in a way…this series, with these characters are my home.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve always enjoyed Dystopian books…well except for The Maze Runner oddly enough. I got through book one and stopped when I was less than a 100 pages into Scorch Trials. ANYHOO that’s not what we’re talking about. The Darkest Minds I adored. I actually binge read the trilogy back to back and oh boy. It was a time, of falling for Lee and imagining him saying “darling” in a southern drawl made me swoon so hard.

I loved this trilogy so much, the characters, the plot line just everything. Having said that I can only remember fragments of these books. Since erm binge reading can lead to a blurring of all the books. Which Is what happened to me, not that I cared at the time as I think I binge read them whilst I was erm supposed to be revising for my GCSE’s? Maybe…look I flopped at revising I had zero motivation don’t do that. Revise, study and read later. I mostly would love to experience all the mushy feels this series gave me again aaaah it was a time.

Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill

Pretty sure most people are aware that Chloe Neill is one of my favourite authors, this series being one of my favourites of all time. Geez I can’t even remember how old I was when I first stumbled across Some Girls Bite in the library…having said that it could have been my mum who spotted the book and shoved it at me. I think I was like 12/13 I just know, that this series is one of my favourites for so many reasons. I loved the sarcasm, the wit, the relationships which evolved along with the plots in the books both being individual but also moving the overall plot forwards.

I’m trash for anything involving supernatural creatures to be honest, I got to read to like book 6 or 7 which was all that was out in that series at that time. Then each year when a new book was going to be released in this series, it was the freaking highlight of the year. I looked forward to these books coming out more than any other series if I’m being honest.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

I discovered the first book in this series In my schools library, waaaaay before it was hyped up in the book community. I found it shortly after it was published actually, with the old cover hehe. I read it, loved it and erm…kinda forgot about it for a year or so. My school library got these leaflets with books in that you could order, and it was at discounted prices. It was then that I saw the first two books and novellas in Assassin’s Blade in the series and my brain was like look…we read the first book. I basically begged my mum to let me order them and so they were delivered to my schools library. I picked them up, devoured book 2 and read the novellas. Then I patiently waited for the rest of the series to slowly come out, of course a lot has happened since I first found this series.

For instance, I’ve still got to read Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash BUT I really want to reread the other books first. Cause young me was stupid and skipped Manon’s chapters when she was introduced. #shameful

Even though I’ve not finished the series…I would totally want to read the first 5 books and novellas for the first time. I love the world so much, and the magic just everything. I adore it.

Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

My mum bought me the first 11 books of this series for my one Christmas. Probably back in 2012 as this was a series I was reading in my first two years at Secondary school. Anyhoo she thought that it was a completed series, hahaha she was wrong. Although I had to wait for my mum to find books 12 and 13 and then wait for 14 and 15 to be released . This series was for most of my first years at Secondary School my escape. Eve, Claire, Shane and Michael were this awesome friendship squad and I wanted in so badly. I actually started laughing so much at one of the scenes I started crying, and went down stairs cry laughing to tell my mum. She was laughing at the state I was in from the book ok. It was funny at the time.

The series is super long, it’s the longest series I own, Rachel Caine was the first author I ever got to meet. There was also a competition running for a chance to win a limited edition copy of book 15 and it would be signed. Somehow I was one of the few who got a copy. It’s bubble wrapped and under my bookcases for safety. I’d definitely love to be able experience this world for the first time again.

Sign ups are closed for this event, however if you missed sign ups for this event. Never fear, Sam and I will be back again July for Bookending Summer. I mean we’ll still be here in between then anyhow, enjoy the #BEspring19 posts from everyone. I am doing my best to try and read everyone’s posts, leaving a like/comment where possible.

What are a few of the books, you wish you could read for the first time? Let me know in the comments, and if you share any with me! Tomorrow’s post will be my last prompt for this event so stay tuned for that one!


14 thoughts on “Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time (BEspring19)

  1. I am ashamed to say I have not read any of these, but it is my goal to read Throne of Glass!! I WILL GET THERE! Eventually! Haha oh man, nothing beats the first read of a great book ❤ (I find it hilarious you skipped chapters, who hasn't ever wanted to or just done it, sometimes you don't care about a character atm)


  2. AW! Your experience with The Infernal Devices was truly something! I can’t believe you read the entire Epilogue first! God, that’s insane Clo!
    Also, I really wish I could read TID for the first time again… Going in and getting to know all the wonderful character, laughing with them, sobbing when something happened, oh, only if there could still be that mystery that there is the first time around…
    YOU NEED TO FINISH TOG!!! Tower of Dawn is so good and oh god, Kingdom of Ash killed me and you should read it ASAP!
    (Anyway, I love this prompt!)


  3. OMG I used to flip to and read the back page when I was only partway through the book, and honestly most of the time it doesn’t even make sense because some of the characters haven’t been introduced yet and I can’t even imagine how they ended up where they did 😂

    this is such an awesome prompt, Clo! I would LOVE to (re)read the Shadowhunters books for the first time, as well as my other childhood/MG faves like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Inkheart trilogy. there was a while between my reading the first two Darkest Minds books and the third so I don’t know if my mixed feelings about it just go along with my “outgrowing” YA dystopia or just the fact that I tend not to love the last book in a series 🤷‍♀️



    But yes I love that series so much! It was like the beginning of an era for me and I guess a re read is far overdue ❤️


  5. I loved Rachel Caine’s Great Library series but didn’t know she had a series on vampires! Honestly, any book with vampires just gives me so much nostalgia. Cassandra Clare seems to be a very popular author in the YA community but I haven’t picked up any of her books yet. I am interested in The Infernal Devices, they seem to have an adventurous plot!

    If I had to choose books to experience again, I would say The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.


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