“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” ~ Walt Disney
Do you ever just love a book so much, you wish you could start it over from the beginning without knowing anything about it again? Yea, us too. Of course there are the books we've talked about a ton (Harry Potter, ACOTAR, Zodiac Academy, and more) we wish we could read for the first time again, but we tried to dig a little deeper and find some books we may not have talked about yet...or at least as often, LOL!
I definitely feel like I've talked about Behind Her Eyes before, but it just has to make this list. It's a really good book, and then you get to the ending, and Oh. My. Gosh. I distinctly remember pulling into my parking lot at work listening to this book. I had maybe five minutes left, and THE BOOK GOT RETURNED TO THE LIBRARY. I was like oh heck no. I hurried to my Audible app and used a credit to buy the book so I could finish listening to it! And every single person I've suggested read this book to has been stunned by the ending as well. I still haven't watched the show yet, but I'm really hoping it does it justice!
So I feel like a lot of people know Shakespeare's Hamlet. I am one of the few who did not remember anything about it, so now the shocker ending will no longer be a shock to me whenever I read Hamnet again. It's still one of my favorite books though, and I even added it to my Christmas list (yes, my mom still makes me make a Christmas list LOL). So if this list makes you think about adding this to your TBR, and you know anything about Hamlet, still add it!
I honestly can't remember if I've talked about Beartown at all, but y'all, this is probably one of the first non-fiction books that just made me MAD. The premise of the story, the characters in the story, it all made me have so many emotions, but it's a FANTASTIC book. Shockingly, I would even say the sequel, Us Against You, is even better. And I wish I could go back and read both of them for the first time since I just found out the third book in the series, Winner, is out! If it follows the theme of Fredrik Backman's writing, it will be an excellent read!
True to Me (By The Sea #1) by Kay Bratt
This has to be one of the most beautifully written stories that I have read, and it will take you on quite an emotional rollercoaster. The love, the relationships, and secrets will make you both want to stop reading to not see what will happen and also make you want to fly through the pages. On top of that, Kay delivers quite the picture of Maui, detailing culture and scenery that will make you add a visit there to the top of your bucket list. The way Kay is able to paint pictures with her words is truly what makes this book heart wrenchingly beautiful. Her words are magical as she details one woman's journey to learn her ancestry, and find so much more that brings meaning to her life.
Envy by Sandra Brown
If you have been following along with us for awhile now, then you know Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors. With that in mind, this is probably one of my all-time favorite stories written by her. I have literally read it so many times! There are many things I love about Envy, but the biggest reason is the twists that I never expected. I read this story on the edge of my seat, and even though I know what will happen, I still start smirking when we get to the climax of the story. And who also doesn't love it when the bad guy finally gets what is coming to him, the good guy triumphs, and love wins? Ahh...this is a page turner that will keep you engrossed and entertained up to the very last sentence.
Summer Island by Kristin Hannah
Summer Island, in a nutshell, is about family, love, and finding forgiveness. It seems that if I am not primarily looking for a romance, I tend to lean toward stories about family. This is beautiful. Though it comes across very predictable, the themes that are addressed really stop and make you ponder your own life, your own dynamics, your own family. It is thought provoking, making you realize how there is always more than one side to a story. It is showing how truths can so easily be hidden, how love lost can still be sought after and yearned for. If you have any type of mother-daughter dynamic in your life, I suggest giving this story a read. It is sometimes forgotten that mothers have lives of their own outside of their children.
Have we convinced you to check one or more of these stories out if you haven't already??We would love for you to share the books you wish you could read for the first time again! Maybe we've read some too! If you’d like to see what we are reading now, check out our Goodreads profiles (Kelli and Chelsea) or follow 2 Girls Bookin' It on Instagram and Facebook! If you’re excited to see what other topics we’ll be covering in the coming months, make sure to subscribe. Thanks for reading with us!