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Today’s question is:
If you could “unread” a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? Or because it was THAT bad?
Okay, this question was oddly hard for me. I started to approach it from the “book that was so bad I’d want to unread it” angle, but honestly, I’m pretty picky in what I read. I don’t read a lot of bad books. And those I do read are not so bad that I completely regret the time I spent reading them. Normally, even when I don’t like a book, I’m still glad that I read it to know I didn’t like it.
So I’m going to come at it from the angle of awesome. What book was just so amazing that I wish I could re-read it again, for the first time? (BTW: The obvious answer here is Harry Potter, but I’m going to try to think outside the box).
I tried to think of a book that I not only thoroughly enjoyed the first time through, but that contained an element that simply could not be experienced the same way in a re-read. A book that managed to knock my socks off and make me yell or jump or stay up way past my bedtime because I needed to finish.
And this is a pretty recent release, but it meets all of the above qualifications. In spades.
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen is the first book of the Ascendance Trilogy. It’s a mid-grade fantasy about a group of boys reluctantly training to impersonate a prince. And it’s phenomenal.
I was happily enjoying this book the first time I read it, and then all of a sudden it blew my mind. And while I wanted to re-read it again immediately after finishing, the experience wouldn’t have been the same as that first time.
[VAGUE SPOILERS FROM RANDOM OLD MOVIES TO FOLLOW]
It’s like knowing that Malcolm was dead the whole time.
It’s like knowing why Andy wanted the rock hammer and the poster.
It’s like knowing who Keyser Söze is.
It’s like knowing what’s in the box???
It’s like knowing he never left the bank.
It’s like knowing that he is Tyler Durden.
[END VAGUE SPOILERS]
It’s just not the same the second time.
For my full (glowing) review of The False Prince, go here.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’m excited to see what you picked as your “unread” book (either so I can have the awesome first-time reading experience, or so I can avoid it like the plague, depending on how you approached the question).
(Bonus points if you can name all those movies)