GUEST DISCUSSION: Reading a book for the first time only happens once

Hello my lovely readers! I am happy to bring a very special post to you today. As I was coming up with some discussion post prompts, my husband had a couple ideas that he was excited about and wanted to write for me. So without further ado, here’s his first post!

I’m a little jealous of people who haven’t read the Harry Potter series. Especially those who are also unfamiliar with the movies.

Before you digitally curse me with an unforgivable curse, let me explain: those who haven’t read Harry Potter have the opportunity to read it for the first time. That’s why I envy them.

There’s truly nothing like the first time. That’s why I don’t re-read a lot of books (my wife told me that the bookish community doesn’t judge people’s reading habits. I’m banking on that here). If I were to give Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone another go, I’d smile as I recalled my favorite parts of the wizarding world. But nothing could compare to that first time.

I’ll never forget when I first walked into Olivander’s with Harry to pick out a wand. When Wood originally explained the game of quidditch to Harry and me. When I was freshly introduced to the subjects taught at Hogwarts. That was genuine magic.

Because I can only try something for the first time once, I have some peculiar practices. For instance, if I know one of my favorite bands has a new song, I usually wait until I’m alone to listen to it, and I sit in a cool, comfortable spot without distraction so I can fully take it in. My favorite writer is a retired magazine writer. Because I know he’s done publishing stories, I wait months to read one I haven’t read. I know that someday I’ll run out of stories of his that I can read for the first time, and I’m in no hurry for that to happen. Based on what friends and family members said, I knew I would love Ender’s Game. Because I knew I would love it, I waited until the ripe age of 24 to read it, and I took it in during the summer, when I knew I would be able to give it my full attention. I read just a little bit at a time, and savored it.

The difficult thing is, there’s a lot we all want to read, right? And some things we want to read aren’t so special to us, and don’t need to be held in reserve or read little by little. So we can just plow through them. The problem is, we never know when we’re going to come across the next Harry Potter, and the beauty and wonder of such a book may not dawn on us until it’s nearly digested. I’d like to know when I’m about to read something that will change my life, so I can properly prepare myself and completely enjoy the first time. That’s why it’s nice to learn which writers and types of books are special to us. Then we can brace ourselves for yet-to-be-read books, and allow them to impact us as much as possible.

Was there a book that was so impactful that you remember the circumstances of your life when you read it the first time? 

Are there any books that you’re holding in reserve, to be read at a time when you can most enjoy them? 

Is there a book you wish you could go back and read for the first time?

June Wrap-up/July TBR

Alright lovely readers. This is what I’ve been up to in June.

The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim – Read
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – Read and reviewed
The Cooridor by A.N. Willis – Read
Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon – Read and reviewed
Tangled Webs by Less Bross – Read, review coming
Pixelated by L.S. Murphy – Read
Ghosts of Shanghai by Julian Sedgwick – Currently Reading

Library Books
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Read, review coming
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Read and reviewed
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Read, review coming
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Currently Reading
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – Read and reviewed
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Read and reviewed
Prudence by Gail Carriger – Read, review coming

One book from the TBR jar
Okay, I didn’t end up getting to this…but next month I will! For real this time.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Finished and reviewed
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – Finished
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – DNF, I had about 30 min left when it had to go back to the library, but I’m finding that I don’t really care how to find out how it ends.

Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz – Read and reviewed

I finished reading twelve books, two audiobooks, and one novelette/short story.

This is my plan for July:

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson
Alive by Scott Sigler
Devil’s Daughter by Hope Schenk-de Michele, Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Bombs Away by Harry Turtledove
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone
Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
Wishful Thinking by Kayla Bulster

Kindle TBR Challenge
I’m going to make the goal of reading at least three books from off my Kindle. Hopefully more! I’ll be pulling from my TBR jar, but I’ll be putting back any that aren’t from off of my Kindle.