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32 Books You'd Love To Read Again For The First Time

Nothing is ever as good as your first read through.

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Recently, we asked BuzzFeed Community which book they wish they could reread for the first time. Here's what they had to say.

1. The Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling

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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I suffer from both ADHD and Dyslexia. It was the first book that I was able to sit and read without getting distracted or struggle through. That day and every day since for the past 16 years, reading has become a huge part of who I am." - Sarah Michaud, Facebook

2. Stolen Voices- Ellen Dee Davidson

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"It was the first book I ever read that was based on a dystopian society. That book sparked my love for dystopian novels. I have since read many dystopian novels, but Stolen Voices is (and always will be) my favourite." - Savannah MacAusland, Facebook

3. The Things They Carried- Tim O'Brien

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"It's emotionally jarring, but its lasting impact is really made with the first read. Once you know what's coming, it's never quite the same." - Mary Churay, Facebook

4. It, Stephen King

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"I had seen the TV movie several times and loved the premise so I gave the book a try. It was 1000+ pages and that was a lot for a teenager with ADD, but it didn't take long to pull me in. The very first chapter disgusted me and made me feel bad as a person for what happened to opening character. Magnificent writing, immense suspense and horror at what people could do and the power of imagination."- Phil Anderson, Facebook

5. We Were Liars- E. Lockhart

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"No one ever sees the ending coming, and sometimes I want to be able to reread it and still have the book-dropping-level shock that I got the first time." - Maddy Saunders, Facebook

6. Persuasion- Jane Austen

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"It’s the last book she ever wrote and has so much passion and sincerity that when I read it the first time I felt all the emotions of the character so intensely in my heart. When I reread it I still relate with the characters but knowing the outcome makes it harder to feel as deeply."- KellyNicole16

7. Atonement- Ian McEwan

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"Being so invested in the love story, rooting so hard for the ending the author was leading you towards and then having it ripped away from you is something I'll always remember from that story. It's one of my favorite pieces of literature still, and I have re-read many times, but that first initial shock and heartbreak is something I'll always treasure." - Angelica Cammarano Vulcano, Facebook

8. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

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"Because reading the progression of everything and trying to predict what will happen is so fun."- Carrie Ziembroski, Facebook

9. The Song Of Achilles- Madeline Miller

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"My expectations were ridiculously high, but she managed to meet them; it's the second book I've ever cried over, and the first where I've ever started openly sobbing.

I read it far too quickly; I'd love to get a second chance." - Helene Støvring, Facebook

10. Anne Of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery

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"Because it was the first time I remember reading a book and feeling like I'd found a character who understood how I felt and thought, who felt out of place in the world around her. Anne forever!" - Matty Cormier, Facebook

11. She's Come Undone- Wally Lamb

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"The life journey of Dolores Price is one I read every few years. She can be caustic, cynical, mean and messed up yet she is a character I felt close to and stubbornly rooted for. It’s still a wonderful read but its just not the same as the first time you get to know the tragic life of the funny, tough, wise-talking, insecure and exasperating Dolores Price."- MessinaAdama

12. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

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"It's been a favourite ever since I picked up a bargain copy on a whim in middle school, but I'd love to read it again not knowing the secret."- Sarah Parker, Facebook

13. The Windsinger- William Nicholson

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"So enthralling I couldn’t put it down! And I already know what’s going to happen when I re-read it. I really wish I didn’t know forthcoming events."- joshyc

14. Love In The Time Of Cholera- Gabriel García Márquez

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"Upon my first reading it brought me to tears, made me laugh, smile, gasp and want more. I would give anything to be able to experience diving into it all over again for the very first time. Mostly because I want to feel that same gut-wrenching feeling of betrayal and heartbreak I felt the first time around, and that oh so sweet feeling of being truly, blissfully happy. " - andreahdelah

15. To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

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"I’ll never forget the overwhelming feeling I got when I first read that book and it was the first time in my life that I truly thought about what is right and wrong and how we are socially defined. I’d give anything to have that epiphany again." - retrodisco666

16. Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut

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"Despite the tragic story, Kurt Vonnegut manages to be hilarious and you just don’t laugh as hard when you re-read it."- marcelac4ad45c69c

17. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"After I finished it the first time, I had to just sit for a while. It taught me so many lessons and broke my heart; it is more powerful the first time and I want to experience that emotion again."- taylorelizabethb

18. Watership Down- Richard Adams

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"It’s my favourite book, and has been among my favourites for over a decade now. I still pick out new things when I re-read it, which is amazing, but I read it for the first time when I was about 11 and I only really got the surface story that time. I’d love to be able to read it again for the first time as an adult to see how I would interpret and understand it now."- HapaxLegomenon

19. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower- Steven Chobsky

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"It’s so raw and honest. You very rarely experience such vulnerability in book form and it is so beautiful the first time." - daisyo3

20. The Hunger Games trilogy- Suzanne Collins

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" I read these books like a starving man attacks his first real meal in years. I wish I could get that feeling back."- clrogers49

21. The Life Of Pi- Yaan Martel

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"So I could experience the amazingly beautiful story again without knowing what will be revealed at the end of the book."- EmmaBradford1

22. The Book Thief- Markus Zuzak

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"It’s my all time favorite book but I can’t read it again. It’s too sad knowing the ending. I’ve tried rereading it before but I end up giving up after a few chapters, I just can’t read it."- whiteponyhope

23. Invisible Monsters- Chuck Palahnuik

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"All the twists and turns that book took me on the first time? Oof. I literally threw my book in the air the first time; never since."- Allison Y.

24. The Power Of One- Bryce Courtenay

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"Because expectations can weigh far more heavily than we know. Because hate can only be defeated by empathy. Because even if I only got one more first time, I’d still get an infinite over and over agains."- georgep10

25. Where'd You Go Bernadette?- Maria Semple

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"It is such an amazing book that had some many twists and turns. It had me guessing throughout the whole novel. It is unlike any other book that I’ve ever read and I really wish that I could experience reading it for the first time again."- jareyou

26. The Westing Game- Ellen Raskin

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"The mystery in this book is amazing, being able to experience that again would fantastic and mind blowing." -miar48d32d55f

27. The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova

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"I remember reading it for the first time in Rome. It was night and the windows were open. I ended up getting frightened just enough that I had to go close the windows. It has history, missing persons, multiple story lines that span generations and vampires. It was an amazing experience the first time I read it and I wish every time could be the first!"- Dana Jan Bartelt, Facebook

28. The Amber Spyglass- Philip Pullman

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"The ending ruined me, in different ways. Reading those final pages, wanting to prolong the adventure, but also wanting to see its conclusion...the feels!"- Alfredo Teutla, Facebook

29. A Suitable Boy- Vikram Seth

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"I’ve only read it once, loved it to death. Now I’m afraid to re-read it in case it doesn’t measure up."- helenm21

30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson- John Green and David Levithan

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"For the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping plot twist that makes you want to re-read half a book."- ioanae

31. Gone With The Wind- Margaret Mitchell

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"I loved it but I was so young that I think I would have appreciated it more if I was older when I first read it."- victoriarosem4aebccf16

32. The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster

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"I want to be swept away from the normal “rules” of English again, and just rediscover how totally awesome words are."- nanab4cb7da98d

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