LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

The Name of the Rose
Umberto Ecco

If you’ve read any of my previous LitStaff Picks, you know that I am an avid mystery reader.  So when asked what book I would like to read again for the first time, I knew that it would have to involve as murder.  Having cut my teeth on Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh I figured out early on how to spot red herrings, when to dismiss the obvious character and when to keep him on the list.  What can I tell you, some people like crossword puzzles, I like mysteries.

Back in 1983 I was considerably younger and felt certain that I was ready to tackle Umberto Ecco’s The Name of the Rose.  Hmm, well let’s just say that I got close.  In fact I was almost there and I’m certain that had I been given a few more clues, I would have nailed it. But I was young and foolish and clearly not ready.  Now, twenty-nine years later and having plowed through dozens of Martha Grimes, Caleb Carr and George Pelicanos, I’m sure that if I went back today and read it again for the first time, I’d be able to figure it out.

-Lisa Emig


3 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

  1. Mine would definitely be WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Despite being a classic, it took me by surprise. I've never been a "required reading list" type of reader, so I assumed I wouldn't be into it. Happily, I was wrong. Heathcliff is one of the most complex and interesting characters I've ever read. It's a shame I'll never get to experience meeting him for the first time again.

  2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Here is this group of people being held hostage in a mansion. The situation must come to an end, of course it must, but how? What sequence of events will finally end months of captivity in which the hostages and hostage-takers have bonded and the real world has come to seem like a dream?

    Also, The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Masterfully written mystery. I recall that I stayed up half the night to finish it.

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