77 Books You Wish You Could Discover Again for the First Time

I am always asking our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs for book recommendations, mainly because I’m always up for discovering a new book or author.  Knowing this about me, one of our bibliomaniacs decided to ask me a question this month.  She was in the middle of reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and was already starting to lament the point when the book would be over, knowing the first read is always the best read.  So she asked me what book I would want to discover again for the first time.  Of course, I didn’t want to be the only one to think about this question, so I sent it out to my knowledgeable pool of bibliomaniacs. Here are 77 books they said they wished they could discover again for the first time.  I also added my book to this list, but I’m not telling which one it is.
(1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling (2) The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (3) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis (4) Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (5) Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (6)  Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (7) Hell’s Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson (8) Mediterranean Winter, by Robert Kaplan (9) Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder (10) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (11) Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk (12)  The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (13) The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (14)  The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende (15)  Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline (16) Fathermucker, by Greg Olear (17) Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert (18) Iron Man, by Tony Iommi (19) The Electric Church, by Jeff Somers (20) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Steven Chbosky (21) Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn (22) Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie (23) The Giver, by Lois Lowry (24) The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (25) A Countess Below Stairs, by Eva Ibbotson (26) The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart (27) She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb (28) You Can’t Win, by Jack Black (29) City of Night, by John Rechy (30) All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy (31) Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (32) The Host, by Stephenie Meyers (33) The Club Dumas, by Arturo Perez-Reverte (34) Alanna: The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce (35) The Invisible Man, by Ralph Waldo Ellison (36) The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (37) The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (38) Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery


(39) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (40) A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin (41) James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (42) Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll (43) Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl (44) The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler (45) The Godwulf Manuscript, by Robert B. Parker (46) Be Here Now, by Ram Dass (47) Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville (49) The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene Du Buis (49) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (50) The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (51) American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (52) Redwall, by Brian Jacques (53) Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (54) Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton (55) Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn (56)  Lamb, by Christopher Moore (57) The Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (58) The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (59) The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (60) The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (61) The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (62) Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole (63) I Know I Am But What Are You, by Samantha Bee (64) Haunted, by James Herbert (65) Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (66) A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace (67) A Widow for One Year, by John Irving (68) Domu: A Child’s Dream, by Katsuhiro Otomo (69) Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace (70) Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk (71) Bluebeard, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (72) Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (73) Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (74) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz (75) The Truth, by Terry Pratchett (76) The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton (77) On The Road, by Jack Kerouac

Now, I have more books to discover. What about you? What books do you wish you could discover again for the first time? — Julie


Julie is Production Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.


4 thoughts on “77 Books You Wish You Could Discover Again for the First Time

  1. I definitely agree with Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, To Kill A Mockingbirg, and The Outsiders. I haven't read most of the rest (said, I know), but a lot are on my TBR list (:

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