Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I loved that I will never re-read.
So the catch with this one is I RARELY re-read books. Even if I love them. About the only exception is if I realize I’ve forgotten some details in a series and a new book in the series is coming out, then I might re-read a book or two to refresh my memory. So coming up with books I won’t re-read for reasons other than “I just don’t do that” was the real challenge here.
Starting out with the classic that everyone re-reads multiple times. I love the Potter-verse (though JK, lately, can go die in a fire) – I’m a diehard Hufflepuff. (I have a hat, scarf, gloves, mug, cross-stitch, enamel pin…the list goes on. I rep Hufflepuff whenever I can.) But I’m never going to re-read the books. I just don’t have it in me to dive into that series again.
Eve of Redemption (Salvation’s Dawn)
This is a set of ebooks I found via Kindle Unlimited about draconic humanoids in a high-fantasy world, and they are surprisingly excellent. But they’re also five large books and I just don’t have the time to devote to that.
I was surprised at how readable The Odyssey was, and I did love it, but it’s still too…obscure in language, I guess, to want to read it again.
Song of the Lioness quartet
Oh, Tortall. Song of the Lioness was my introduction to Tamora Pierce and Tortall, by way of my husband, but having read her more recent novels, the quality of writing of Alanna’s story is very obviously lacking. The story is good. The writing level is nowhere as good as her later novels.
I was reading this in my pagan phase, and it’s still on my shelf, but it’s basically a pagan devotional and I can’t see myself cracking it open again. It did get me through some difficult times, though.
Sookie Stackhouse series
I read most of these before True Blood came out, and then I watched the first few seasons of True Blood as they came out, and while I love Alexander Skaarsgard as Eric, I HATE BILL. I can’t even read the books anymore for picturing freaking Bill from the show. (That’s him on the cover to the right – ew.)
Married to the Military
This book was invaluable when Alex enlisted in the Marine Corps but is no longer really applicable to my life now that he’s out.
Sword of Truth series
Man, I loved these in high school. Unfortunately Terry Goodkind’s kind of a douche and I won’t be reading his books again.
Kushiel’s Dart Trilogy
Beautiful, evocative books that I will just never pick up again. I’m not really sure why. There’s something about long books about incredibly-detailed fantasy worlds that I can only read once. I don’t have the energy for them a second time.
World War Z
Oh, World War Z. One of the best dystopias I’ve ever read. But I get nightmares about zombies very easily, for some reason. And I slept with the lights on for several nights while I read this, and for a few nights afterwards. I had a detailed plan for what we would do if the zombies came. The book was excellently done but I will not subject myself to that kind of terror again. It definitely tops my list of books I loved that I will NEVER re-read.
I have never re-read the Harry Potter series. I don’t know that I ever will. I sometimes think I want to but there’s just so many books on my TBR list. I hardly ever re-read books.
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Same. There’s too many books on my TBR list to ever go back and re-read things!
Normally, I am not a huge re-reader. My TBR is too demanding for me to have the time and revisit some of my old favorites. However, I will say that I will always make time for a re-read of Harry Potter. If I have had a bad day or just slagging in a reading slump, Harry Potter is my go-to.
I have never read any of Tamora Pierce’s books, but I have really been meaning to! Half of the reason I haven’t picked up any of her books is that I don’t know where to start (the other half is that I am intimidated by the hype and size of her series). Would you recommend starting with the Song of the Lionness quartet or just starting with her newer stuff?
I’d start with the Beka Cooper trilogy, honestly. It’s where I started. It’s more recently written, but it comes first chronologically. (I reviewed them here: https://goddessinthestacks.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/book-review-beka-cooper-trilogy-tortall-legends/ ) Song of the Lioness is the next set, chronologically, just steel yourself for a serious drop in writing quality. The story is solid, though, and you learn a lot about Tortall. Also, after reading Beka Cooper, you can remind yourself that her writing gets a lot better!
If you ever want to re read Harry Potter I suggest listening to the audio book, it’s amazing.
Audio books are the one format I’ve never been able to get into. I tune out the noise if I’m doing anything besides focusing on it (and sometimes when that IS all I’m doing!) and realize I’ve missed the last 20 minutes. I’ve tried a few different times and finally just given up on the format.
I’ve completed the Sookie Stackhouse books. I didn’t really like the last 4 or 5 of them as much of the first ones – that final release was really irritating and I can’t see myself as going back any time soon.
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I don’t think I’ve read the last couple. The last one I remember was something about traveling to a conference somewhere? I’ve just given up on them at this point.
I hardly ever re-read books either, the only books for adults I’ve read more than once have been “Lord of the Flies” and “Animal Farm.” Can you believe I’ve never even finished the “Harry Potter” series? I never read past book 4! I must be the only person in the world that hasn’t devoured that series multiple times. I’m not much of a fantasy reader, so that might be part of it. 😛