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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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. πŸ˜› Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Β That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things. Let us begin:

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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.

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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.

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

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.

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

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. πŸ˜•

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

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 LΓΊthien very much, so I won’t be trying again anytime soon.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist

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 πŸ˜‰ ⬇️

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

  1. Confession time! I really couldn’t get into Perks of a Wallflower! I dnf’d the book 50 pages in! I know there is a reason why the writing is so plain. I just couldn’t get into it! I know this is a loved book! EEEK! Although I heard the movie is better!

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  2. Oh yes to ‘A Monster Calls’ and ‘The Lovely Bones!’ I can’t bring myself to watch the movie versions of either because I think I’d be a wreck. The Lonely Bones was traumatic but in such a good way but no, I’d never re-read it either. I also read Lucky by Alice Sebold about her real life experiences and it’s definitely not an easy subject matter or an easy read. That was a ‘read once’ but never again book. A Monster Calls had me openly sobbing on my couch to the point where my cat was giving me shady glances. I think Patrick Ness wrecks me every time!

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    1. I know, and I watched the movie versions of both. :S The Lovely Bones is much softer than the book, but A Monster Calls had me crying maybe even worse then the book, though it’s beautiful, and there’s one conclusion at the end that either wasn’t in the book or I forgot it. I know, I can’t help it, I love to read emotional books but yeah once was enough πŸ™‚

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  3. 100000% agree with Liam Neeson being a great addition to the role of the Monster. I saw it when it first screened at the Toronto Film Festival and whew all the weeping and sniffles for those who were experiencing the story for the first time made me really happy (in a weird way since I was glad that these people were ‘enjoying’ the magic of this particular tale).
    Cheers,
    Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

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  4. Oh yeah I so relate about how devastating a monster calls was. And I’m the same with the Rincewind series- I’d probably skip it on a reread too. Yeah Perks is too sad to go through again. And once was enough for lolita. Great list!!

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    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚ I was pretty much caught by surprise with A monster calls, and I read it in one sitting – I used a whole toilet paper roll on my tears. Yeah I don’t know what’s wrong with Rincewind series – I love luggage, Twoflower, Cohen, and the entire staff at the university, so it’s probably Rincewind himself haha πŸ˜€ I know, I just can’t wrap my mind around any kind of child abuse, that’s just the worst thing I can think of, and I don’t like reading about it, it creeps me out 😦

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  5. I love rereading, I just fall more and move in love with it to be honest. Revisiting your favorites is always a lovely experience 😊 This is the second time today I’ve seen someone mention The Paper Magician, that’s probably a sign from the universe I should add it to my tbr, right?

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    1. Me too, I read Harry Potter 7+ times, and each time I have that fuzzy feeling, and discover some details I forgot πŸ™‚ Hmmm well The Paper Magician trilogy has quite a few tropes and cliches, but overall it’s quick and entertaining to read, so why not? πŸ™‚ And the concept of magic is unique, or I haven’t yet found it anywhere. πŸ™‚ The author continued the trilogy with new characters, so far only 1 novel is out and the writing is much better, so if you don’t like paper, you could try the plastic magician πŸ™‚

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      1. Same! Everytime I reread Harry Potter I’m surprised by how many details I’ve forgotten. I love unique magic systems, so that sounds cool. The Plastic Magician sounds distinctly less magical to me, but the synopsis is really interesting πŸ™‚

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        1. Exactly! I totally forgot the soulless Christmas gifts the Dursleys sent Harry, like a single tissue, a toothpick, etc. lol πŸ˜€ :S
          Yes, the paper magician is more magical, the plastic magician is more sciency πŸ™‚

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