BTT: A Second First Time?

Booking Through Thursday

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

Hmm, interesting question. I can’t think of a specific book to cite as a “second first time” because there’s just so much. Not that I want to “unread” those books, but the anticipation of a good read is sometimes just as fun as the actual reading of the book itself.

Occasionally, I experience this every time I pull a book that I haven’t read in a long time. Sometimes, the title doesn’t ring any bells, so I re-read it and slowly begin to discover the joy that I had when I first read it. That works for me.

On a book-but-not-a-btt-question related note, I’d like to share with you this current concern that the Philippines is having about books. It’s been dubbed as “The Great Book Blockade of 2009” by Timothy McSweeney in his blog, Dispatches from Manila. To sum it up, customs officials here have been taxing all book imports, which is a violation of the Florence Agreement of 1950 and Nairobo Protocol of 1976, which the Philippines signed. More details can be found in the link to Timothy McSweeney’s entry, or read my entry to see more links.

Regular readers of my BTT would recall I’ve mentioned the sorry state of public libraries here. This is just as worse.


  1. is the blockade only new books? or is it even for used books a friend might send? Corruption rears it’s ugly head… *sighs and shakes head*Thanks, BTW, for visiting my blog 🙂

  2. Hi all :)It’s a very embarrassing situation really, but one that I feel very strongly about. Yes, we’re protesting about it, but I feel that those concerned are turning a blind eye at it. So sad. I think so far, the taxation has been done for any fiction books coming in to the country, and I recall someone telling me that they paid a minimum fee when they receive a book in the mail.I’m sorry if I overrode the BTT this week. I just feel so bad about it. 🙁

  3. Wow I don’t know what to say…It’s a sad situation :(Btw…I sometimes feel the same way as you are when reading a long forgotten book… but unfortunately, I read the book I love the most more than once

  4. I’ve only just finished The Other Hand by Chris Cleave and I’d love to read it again for the first time. I heartily recommend it. Visit my blog to see why. Happy reading!

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