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.