I’ve decided to jump on the Top Ten Tuesday train! April 17th is technically a freebe, but since I just started I decided to use last week’s: Books I loved but will never reread. I suppose I could always change my mind, but here are 10 books (or series) I don’t feel the need to ever read again (in no particular order):
1. The Twilight Series by Stephanie Myer. Ok, ‘love’ is a strong word, but I did buy the entire series. I will probably never reread them. Why? My reading tastes have matured with my age, and I simply can’t take the subpar writing or problematic themes.
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I absolutely adored this book. It was well-written, made the reader ask themselves all the tough questions, and was a real tear-jerker. However, I didn’t love the second book as much and honestly, I don’t feel the need to give myself another sob-fest.
3. The Kite Runner. See above.
4. Paper Towns by John Green. I love John Green’s writing, and have re-read several of his books up to this point. This one, I probably won’t. I have trouble with books where I don’t love the main character, even if I love everything else, and I absolutely hated Margo. I don’t think I could take a round two.
5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I love Gillian Flynn – her book Dark Places is one of my favorite psychological thrillers of all time. I can never guess any of the twists and this lady takes creepy to a new level. However, Sharp Objects was a little too disturbing to me, especially as a health professional. I loved it, but I don’t need to re-live it.
6. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I’m not a big one for memoirs, so it was a stretch for me to read this. I ended up loving it, but I probably won’t ever read it again.
7. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen. I read this in 2014, and I remember loving it, and I rated it 5 stars, so I must have really loved it….but now I can’t remember anything about it. Pass.
8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Love love love. Atwood was before her time, and I could not put this book down. But see #2 and 3 on this list…once was enough. (Side note: I also loved the Hulu show!)
9. Pretty much anything written by Sarah Dessen. I own tons of books by Dessen, and I’ve read them all. I loved them, and think they have a lot to offer in the way of lessons for young girls. These lessons are delivered artfully and with relatable characters and storylines, some of which overlap. Unfortunately, I think I’ve outgrown these books slightly – although I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I probably won’t read them again.
10. Most of the classics I’ve ever read (with the exception of To Kill a Mockingbird). I’ve read a handful of classics, and I usually end up liking them. Some favorites include One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet, and Gone with the Wind. But guys. These books are dense. I do not feel the need to slog through them again, even though (especially the four I listed) I absolutely loved.
What are some books you loved but won’t (or can’t) reread??