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TTT: Books I loved, but probably won’t re-read

I guess this is my week to be a rule-breaker, because I couldn’t think of 10 online book resources, either. I mean, Goodreads and, um, blogs, and Goodreads?

You see my problem.

So, here is a throwback to a list from 2019–

What is a book you loved, but will never read again? 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: This book is brilliant. Easily the best book of whatever year I read it. But it fucking BROKE me, and I am not going through that again. I’m also not going to see the movie. *shudder*

The Poet by Michael Connelly: Scariest book I ever read. And I don’t love scary books.

Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk: I have very fond memories of reading this in high school, probably right after I watched The Winds of War. I remember thinking of myself as the sort of person who would read Very Serious Literature, and Youngblood Hawke was what 16-year-old me thought Very Serious Literature was. Oh, you sweet summer child.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Great book, but I’ve seen the movie about a kajillion times, so it’s a little played out for me.

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich: Really good book. Super-strong start to the series. But I have grown to loathe the protagonist so much that I can’t read them anymore.

The Last Convertible by Anton Myrer: I’m sure it was a lovely story. But I don’t read a lot of those inter-generational sagas these days.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: So brilliant, but so hard to get through. I think I started and stopped this book six or seven times before I was able to read the whole thing. And it’s so profoundly disturbing that once was ultimately enough.

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk: I have both read the book AND watched the 18-hour miniseries. What more do you want from me?

Switched by Amanda Hocking: So, Amanda Hocking was an indie darling back in 2011. She was featured in newspapers and magazines due to the runaway success of this trilogy. At one point she was averaging 100,000 books a month, with a high month of 450,000 copies sold. She was publishing through KDP, so that equated to something like half a million dollars. A month. Then she got picked up by a major publishing house, who re-edited the books. No major changes…just a little tightening up. But here’s the kicker—if you had already bought the books via Amazon, you weren’t pushed the changes. Ms. Hocking said that if you wanted the new versions, well…you’d need to buy them again. Such a huge slap in the face to the early readers. So she no longer gets my money OR my time.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham: So mad at Rob Thomas for Veronica Mars season four that I just can’t think about the books. So mad.

What is a book you loved that you will NEVER read again? I’ll take your reasoning in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

33 thoughts on “TTT: Books I loved, but probably won’t re-read

  1. Oooh, I like both your choice of topic and your reasoning. I’ve actually re-read the Chaos Walking series, because my student book club read TKONLG, and it got me going through them all again. I avoided the movie though, because I heard it was bad, and I didn’t want to taint my love of the series! (I also didn’t watch Veronica Mars season 4 because by the time I’d found a way to, I’d heard how upsetting the finale was.) I’ve never read any Wouk, and while I think I read Cuckoo’s Nest multiple times in my youth, I don’t think I could handle the heart break any more either.

    I went off topic this week too, and talked about favorite illustrators.

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  2. Nice topic change! And ooomg I know what you mean about Veronica Mars! I made the mistake of buying the dvd since we don’t have Hulu and I was enjoying it well enough…until that last episode. I was like wtf? So when I made a trip to Half Price Books THAT went into it. I decided to cut that out of the Veronica Mars story! The movie ended things in an okay place and that’s what I am going with! That’s how the series ends! My old rage is brewing again…lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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  3. There are some books that are just too hard to read a second time. For me, the books I’m least likely to re-read, no matter how much I enjoy them, are mysteries. Once you know the resolution to the mystery, I don’t see as much of a reason to read the book again.

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  4. I tried to make re-reading more books a goal this year and have failed for the most part. I’m finding in most cases that one reading was plenty with rare exceptions, like my favorite book To Kill a Mockingbird and Harry Potter, which I read and then re-read with my son when he was old enough, which made that second reading special.

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  5. You chose a fun topic! 🙂 Osamu Dazai: No Longer Human is an amazing book, but I will never read it again, because it’s so depressing.

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  6. Great list, Lori. The only one of your books I have read is The Help and loved it. I might re-read it because, other than you, I have only seen the movie once. I blame hubby, every time I suggest it he says, eh, not tonight. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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  7. Ooh wow, I had no idea the Knife of Never Letting Go was so intense but I have the trilogy sitting on my shelf just waiting to be read and I’ve heard lots of great things about it. Nervous about how much it’ll wreck me now (as I’m an emotional reader lol)! 😂

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  8. Great list and topic! I read The Winds of War and War and Remembrance years ago, and while I think everyone should read them, once is definitely enough. I still can’t get them out of my mind. I’m with you on Veronica Mars! I love that show so much (i mostly ignore the existence of season 3), but the ending of season 4 broke me and made me so mad that I can’t see straight. Ugh, why???

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    1. I read somewhere that Rob Thomas did it because he thought that a fifth season would work better. He did say that if there was no fifth season, he understood that it would just make him an asshole.

      Now, I don’t think that the decision was the ONLY way that a fifth season would work, so for me, he’s an asshole either way, but it’s good to know that at least he understands that. 🙂

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  9. I have the Veronica Mars books but haven’t read them – yet! I did love the original TV show and BINGED it post being cool, but I didn’t watch the last season. After reading spoilers I don’t know that I will. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week! I appreciate this. 🙂

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