What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?

I think the book that comes to mind that I would love to be able to read again for the first time was “The Diary of Anne Frank”. I must have been about twelve or thirteen when I read it for the first time and knew that it was different from any other biography that I had read before. In the first place, it wasn’t written about the past it was written in present tense and was the first time that I had had such a personal view of such tragedy and the person was approximately my age. It was controversial yet not inappropriate and it opened up a world to me beyond my own walls. Now, I had read other books about other countries — I was partial to Kate Seredy’s books and I inhaled anything to do with the United Kingdom. “The Diary of Anne Frank” was completely different in that it was a real person and it happened only a decade before to a girl my age. I could completely identify with her thoughts and feelings and empathized with her completely. I would love to be able to get the “first” impression of this book again — I wouldn’t mind being twelve or thirteen again either if just for a day.

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12 responses to “

  1. I read this when I was very young too, and my perceptions reading it as an adult were quite different.

  2. I read this when I was very young too, and my perceptions reading it as an adult were quite different.

  3. This question has actually prompted me to want to re-read it — I think I will put it on my to do list.

  4. This question has actually prompted me to want to re-read it — I think I will put it on my to do list.

  5. I read this one when I was about twelve or so, and loved it, too. I was especially interested in it because I’ve always loved keeping a diary myself. But I remember that at first I had a very hard time believing that it was real, and not fiction. How wonderful to be that naive, right?

  6. I read this one when I was about twelve or so, and loved it, too. I was especially interested in it because I’ve always loved keeping a diary myself. But I remember that at first I had a very hard time believing that it was real, and not fiction. How wonderful to be that naive, right?

  7. jlshall — yes, innocence — I think that is a thing of the past

  8. jlshall — yes, innocence — I think that is a thing of the past

  9. I read this book as a young girl and I have seen the film. Great choice.I have some regrets about my own BTT choice because it might be better as a re-read than reading it for the first time again. Here is my BTT post.

  10. I read this book as a young girl and I have seen the film. Great choice.I have some regrets about my own BTT choice because it might be better as a re-read than reading it for the first time again. Here is my BTT post.

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