Another Tuesday, another top ten list! This one is about the books you’ve loved but will never re-read because of one reason or the other. As I simply enjoy re-reading, and do it quite often, this prompt was very hard to do. I’m also one of those people that live by the never say never motto, so don’t consider this list final. 😛 Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things. Let us begin:
This book destroyed me. I didn’t even have a clue what it was about when I started reading it, but oh boy did I found out. It is short, magical, and utterly sad. It left me drowning in tears, and as if it weren’t enough – I watched the movie too. Let’s just say that Liam Neeson’s voice acting increased my tear-to-scene ratio 150%. I’ll maybe read it again, some day, in a happier state.
Oh here she goes again with Outlander, I know I know! I adore these books, but I already have the feeling I’ll never read them again. First of all because it takes a lifetime to finish one, and second, because this particular one contains a scene which was the most painful and gruesome to read in my entire life, and I’m a Lovecraft fan. But we shall see, as I’m only on book #5 now and I’ll be 50 until I reach #10, and then I’ll reconsider.
This is a trilogy about magicians who bond to a human-made material, like paper, glass, metal alloys, etc., and then make some cool stuff with it. The setting is London at the turn of the century, and the first book is about paper magicians who, as you may have guessed, can bring origami to life. A very interesting and lighthearted series which was fun, but once was enough. The author wrote a new novel set in the same universe, which I loved and will review soon, and I look forward to more if she continues with the series.
If you’ve read this novel then all is clear as to why I won’t be re-reading it, but if you haven’t, then go and watch the movie – it’s much less painful. The Lovely Bones is a great book, and a beautiful story, but I just can’t cope with child molestation in any form, and this book just broke my heart to pieces.
The Rincewind story-line is my least favorite in the Discworld series, so when I decide to re-read the whole series I just might skip these, with the exception of first two Discworld novels. It’s just that I’m only on book #19 of the series, and I have a long way to go until #41, so when I do a re-read one day, I’ll probably skip the less good parts.
This series clearly had the same effect on my teen self like the Twilight series had on the younger girls. I was in love with Lestat, so I devoured the books, but a few years back I tried to re-read and had to quit mid-way. I don’t think I like Anne Rice’s writing anymore. 😕
Yet another case where the writing is beautiful, and I did love the book, but I don’t think I’ll ever read it again for somewhat similar reasons as The Lovely Bones. I just can’t organically stand Humbert, as I’m one of those people who don’t romanticize his relationship with Lolita.
Another book, another child abuse, and the consequences it brings later in life. I loved both the book and the movie, but it’s just too sad and hard to go through it again.
Tolkien is and forever will be one of my favorite writers, but this was very hard and tedious to read. Left as separate writings and notes on the mythology and legends of Middle Earth, Silmarillion was collected and finished as a novel after Tolkien’s death, by his son Christopher. It is basically a fantastical history book, and it was hard to get into, even though I love the parts about Silmarils and Beren and Lúthien very much, so I won’t be trying again anytime soon.
I remember enjoying this book when I read it in high school, and recently I’ve considered a re-read because I never continued with the trilogy, but 700+ pages put me off. It’s just too much to invest into a steampunk fantasy, as the genre is no longer among my favorites.
Phew! Why did this take 2 hours to do? 😣 Which books would be on your list, and why? Do you generally love to re-read good novels? Talk to me downstairs 😉 ⬇️