TTT | Books to Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Reading a book for the first time is so special and hits you differently then when you re-read something. So, here are the books I’d love to read again for the first time.

This book will never not break my heart! I wish I could read it again and just absorb every line and action into my being.

Dig is a non-linear story that digs (pun not intended) into a family that used to be potato farmers. It’s about how do we reconcile our past with our future and what is the responsibility of white people in America. Just a beautiful novel with lots of questions to discuss.

I just want to spend more time with this family, and see what happens in the future for them.

In our age of Covid, reading about the AIDS crisis seems fitting. A crisis that no one wanted and one that people didn’t seem to care much about. I’d love to read June’s journey for the first time and her relationship with her uncle, the only person who seems to understand June. To be able to go on the journey of grief with her again and just fully immerse myself in her story.

I first read this in a graduate poetry class, so it was speed read through to finish it in time for class. To get the chance to read it again for the first time and really soak up the poems that Eavan Boland writes would be such a pleasure.

While I love a good mystery/horror book, I sometimes feel like I never really enjoy the story enough cause I’m just wanting to know whodunit or what’s going on. I’m so focused on getting to the end that I miss really getting to know the journey and characters.

Again another mystery book that I rushed through to see what happened. I’d especially love to read this again cause I’m always a sucker for anything Holmes & Watson related.

Another book that raises so many questions about family and what we pass down to the next generation.

I absolutely love retellings, especially if the retelling changes things up like making Jane Eyre a killer. Yes, please! I’d absolutely love to get to read this again for the first time just for the funness of the novel.

I think about this book about once a week, if not more. It ruined me! I’d love to be able to read Verity and Mattie’s friendship anew and get to experience all the many emotions that come with it.

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFive | Books that Deal with Tough but Important Issues

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic are books that have difficult topics but ones that are important topics, and we should definitely read them!

A dual narrative that questions how far we’ve come with race relations in America.

Issues: Race relations and equality

A young girl goes back to her parents’ country not knowing that they have plans for her future, an arranged and forced marriage.

Issues: Forced marriages

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Issues: drugs, Duterte’s archaic war on drugs, grief, family relations

Sadie runs away from home on a journey of revenge after her sister, Mattie, is brutally murdered.

Issues: sexual assault/rape, pedophilia, child abuse

A novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

Issues: family relations, LGBTQIA+, transgender child

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

The theme for today is questions I’d ask my favorite authors. These are not in any order except the order of whichever questions came to my mind first. Without further ado:

Toni Morrison-Why did your publisher want you to change the title of Paradise from War? Was it something you agreed or disagreed with?

Elizabeth Wein-What inspired you to write Code Name Verity? What part came to you first the plot of the book or the friendship between Verity and Maddie?

Sarah J. Maas-What parts were the most difficult to write in the Throne of Glass series?

Jane Austen-Many people today take what your nephew, James, wrote about Emma as truth. Was Emma written with the intention to create a heroine whom no one but yourself will much like? If it isn’t true, which of your characters is your favorite and why?

Laurie Frankel- As you were writing This Is How It Always Is, was there any specific hopes you had for audience members when they read it? Were you wanting to understand, change their minds on transgender children, etc.?

Shakespeare-What would you say to the fact that most people take your quotes out of context, not realizing they are dick jokes or making fun of people who cannot make a decision?

Anne Blankman-What was the inspiration for Prisoner of Night and Fog? What were you wanting to convey by having the story told through someone who adored her “Uncle Dolf?”

Kerri Maniscalco-What aspects of the Jack the Ripper killings most fascinated you to write the book Stalking Jack the Ripper? Did you know from the beginning who the killer was going to be, or did that change as you were writing?

Robin Talley-In Lies We Tell Ourselves, you focus on 2 difficult and controversial social issues: LGBTQ and desegregation. Did you begin writing with only one of those issues in mind or both? What was the decision to write on both desegregation and two girls falling in love?

J.K. Rowling-Why? Just why? Why do you keep digging a whole? Why do you keep only bringing up topics you know nothing about? Whhhyyy??

Let me know about the questions you’d like to ask your favorite author(s) below!

Happy Reading, Lovelies!