Hey guys, welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This is a blog meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Are Linked to Specific Memories/Moments In Your Life but I don’t feel like this is something that fits me well as a reader. For some reason I don’t retain memories that way when reading, and instead associate memories with music or places. So instead, as I’ve only just started out and missed some great past TTTs, I’m going to talk about Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read.
Since I moved to University I’ve kept every books I’ve ever read. Even before Uni I tried to, but my mum would often give books away or throw them out without telling me. I know. It was rough. But even if I don’t love a book, I still keep it and that’s turned into a bit of a hoarding problem. I even keep the books I dislike!
So stay tuned for a list of 10 books that I loved, therefore will never get rid of, even though I will probably never re-read them.
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book was an incredible read and since reading it I can’t remember the amount of times I’ve recommended it to someone. The story will stay with me for a long time, that’s for sure, but for me one of the main things about the story that gripped me was the mystery and the suspense and the intrigue about what was going to happen next. So I think it would be wise for me not to pick this up again and I think I’m afraid that re-reading it would ruin the book for me.
2. The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
Now, this one might be a bit of a cop out. The Gap of Time is a Shakespeare retelling of A Winter’s Tale. I actually haven’t read the original play and someday I might. So technically I’ll probably consume the story again, but as much as I loved Winterson’s reimagining of it, I don’t think I will be re-reading it.
3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I loved The Maze Runner when I first read it. I admit I knew nothing about this series and, for some reason, thought it was a stand alone novel. All the way through I was fascinated with the story and the characters and the world and I loved that it was stand alone (so I thought.) And then I got to the end and realised it was a part of a series and for some reason I found that really disappointing. I started reading the next book and only got two thirds of the way through. I don’t know why but I now just can’t love this series. I enjoyed my experience of reading this book so much but I don’t care about this world or the characters any more.
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
I read this book years and years ago when I was a young girl. I loved this series even though I can’t remember if I read all of the books. But, again, I’m just not in love with this series anymore and whenever I do feel a little nostalgic about it I just watch the film.
If I ever have children I might read these to/with them, but I never intend to reread this book or series by myself.
5. Gone by Michael Grant
I read this book recently, catching up on a series I wish I’d discovered during my early teen years. I enjoyed it a lot and I’m looking forward to continuing this series, but I feel like I was just a little too old for this to become a favourite series of mine.
6. The Rosie Project by Don Tillman
I read this book a few years ago and it was a lot of fun to read. It’s one of my first, and only, forays into Adult Fiction but I’m really glad I read it. This was a really funny book without making fun of the protagonist who has autism. There is a sequel that I own and am looking to read sometime soon but, seeing as my mum gave this book away after she read it, I don’t think this will be a book I read again.
7. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Now this is one that might surprise some people. This book hasn’t been out for very long, so you might say that it’s a bit too soon for me to know that I’ll never re-read this book. I really enjoyed this story and I am so excited for the sequel coming out at the end of this year, but this book will never be a favourite of mine. Unless this series continues and something incredible happens that really changes my opinion and pushes this series to the top of my list I’m pretty certain this book will never be reread. It was good, it was fun, but I don’t think I’ll gain anything by rereading it.
8. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
As much as I tried to avoid these books forever I finally caved and started this series a few months ago. The first two books were good but I wasn’t surprised that they weren’t my favourite books in the world. This book, however, did surprise me and I had a much more enjoyable experience than I expected reading this book. I think Alicante did it for me and I found this part of the world fascinating.
However, it is halfway through a series and I could never read the middle book without rereading the others, and that’s something I never intend to do.
9. The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
I don’t read a lot of thriller novels simply because I find them so predictable and therefore ruining the experience for me. The Girl On the Train, however, had me second guessing myself all the way through. I think at more than one moment I did guess the ending but Hawkins was incredibly clever and had me changing my mind at every turn. I won’t reread it though as the mystery is the thing that I found so interesting about this book and knowing what will happen will mean that the experience of rereading just won’t be enjoyable for me.
10. The Rover by Aphra Behn
This is a play I studied in University. I really enjoyed this but plays aren’t usually my thing. I love Aphra Behn and I appreciate her as a writer but this won’t be a book I’ll reread.
I do urge you all to give a go though.
So, that’s the end of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What book would you add to this list?
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