What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?

(Interestingly, I thought that I had thought this one up myself, but when I started scrolling through the Suggestions, found that Rebecca had suggested almost exactly this question a couple months ago. So, we both get credit!)

Hm. I think the one book I really wish I could read again for the first time is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. As is the case with most American students, my first exposure to it was in English class my sophomore year of high school. I loved it even then, but because we spent so much time discussing it in class, I don’t really feel like I got to explore the book on my own and really discover all the things that make it such a powerful story for myself. I’d love to be charmed by Scout and Jem, and amazed by Atticus and Boo Radley all over again. Atticus Finch is one of the great American fictional heroes, and I think that he (and Harper Lee) are pretty well acknowledged for that. But Boo Radley was just as much a hero, and I would love to relive the first time I really realized that. For me, it was a pretty powerful feeling to understand that.

What about you? Are there any books you’d like to relive for the first time? Any particular feelings you’d like to rediscover?

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