This post was originally published in 2021. It has been updated with the 8 books I wish I could read again for the first time.
Have you ever finished reading a book and then immediately wished you could read it again for the first time? Me too.
There are a few titles that I’d practically sell my soul to experience for the first time again. They’re the books that mean the very most to me, have characters that I relate with, and overall love with my whole heart. These titles are the ones that I recommend the very most, but this time, rather than sharing just their synopses, I’m sharing my favorite quotes from each. I’m really big on collecting quotes from books, and sometimes just reading a good quote will convince me to read the book. I’m hoping that this post has the same effect on you!
Throughout this post, I’ve also linked back to my reviews for the books. That way, if you’re interested in finding out exactly why the story means so much to me, you can click through and read all of my thoughts. These are all stand-alone novels, so if you do decide to pick one of them up, you won’t feel the need to continue a series.
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All of the books below are stand-alone novels that I wish I could read again for the first time. If you’re interested in more bookish content, follow my StoryGraph account for live reviews, and take a look at my bookstagram – where I share aesthetic coffee and book photos!
Into the Heartless Wood
by Joanna Ruth Meyer
“Something calls out to him. I am different than I was. I do not want my mother’s song, my mother’s souls. I want – I do not know. But I want something more than the death that she offers me. I want something more than her voice, her powers. I want something more. I want something mine.”
The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
“We only need to be one person.
We only need to feel one existence.
We don’t have to do everything in order to be everything because we are already infinite. While we are alive, we always maintain a future of multifarious possibility.”
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab
“‘Do you know how you live three hundred years?’ she says.
And when he asks how, she smiles. ‘The same way you live one. A second at a time.’”
The Nature of Witches
by Rachel Griffin
“If spring is a whispered promise that everything can be made new, autumn is a brilliant sacrifice born of love. Because if the autumn did not love the spring, it would not fall to winter just so the spring would rise.”
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
“Nina had looked around and realized she would never run out of things to read, and that certainty filled her with peace and satisfaction. It didn’t matter what hit the fan; as long as there were unread books in the world, she would be fine.”
by Justin A Reynolds
“And I suppose the story moral is:
You can die and still live on.
You can be alive but be consumed by death.
The difference between living and being alive is:
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“It feels like throwing yourself to sea, or maybe not that, maybe it’s more like throwing someone you love out to sea and then praying they float on their own, knowing they might well drown and you’ll have to watch.”