Watership Down – Richard Adams
‘All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed’
Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the certain destruction of their home.
Simply wonderful storytelling – I fell in love with these rabbits and I rooted for them from the bottom of my heart to find the home they are dreaming of. Bigwig had me in hysterics with his short temper and steely determination. You can tell how much research Richard Adams had to do in advance to get this perfect and boy did he get it bang on! To read this again for the first time and journey along with these brave rabbits would be a special thing – I adore this book.
I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
It only takes one moment for Jenna Gray’s world to fall apart. A tragic accident. Desperate to escape the nightmare, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast but grief and memories taunt her with no relief. As DI Ray Stevens works to uncover the truth, the past begins to catch up her and the consequences will be devastating.
An outstanding book. I felt the grief wrap itself around me as though it was actually happening. I can’t remember the last time I felt so deeply for a character; I literally could not put this book down once I’d started. To read again for the first time and have my mind blown by the twist (which I did not see coming in a million years!!!) would be unreal!
Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town – until suddenly it’s not. When Sterling High School is devastated by an act of violence normal is replaced by shock and grief. This book asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else and whether anyone is ever who they really seem to be.
A serious ‘wow’ book. I was stunned when it ended. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book which made me question myself and my beliefs the way that Nineteen Minutes did. Absolutely gripping I just flew through the book, only pausing to go to work, and even then all I thought about was getting back to the book to finish it! I would love to read again for the first time, feel that utter shock and ponder all those questions I had bouncing around in my head.
Let me know if you have read any of these books and what would be on your list to read again for the first time?