April 10: Top Ten Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read
Re-reading books is a strange phenomenon to me as an adult. As a child, it was one of my favourite things to do: I loved rediscovering my favourite stories over and over again, to the point where I pretty much could recite the tale off by heart. As an adult, however, I am constantly bombarded with new books left, right and centre, and they (sometimes annoyingly) take priority over old favourites in terms of what I read. I do wish I would re-read books I previously loved more often, but there are certain books that I know (or at least am fairly certain) that I will never re-read.
1. Our Song by Dani Atkins
This is one of my favourite adult contemporary novels of all time, primarily because of the amazing characters, but given I now know the plot twist, it’s very unlikely I’d ever re-read it.
2. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
I enjoyed this YA story about a transgender teenager, and the struggles she faced in becoming accepted for the person she was, but I rarely re-read this genre of book, given the plethora of other options out there to discover.
3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
I enjoyed the characterisation of a young girl with extreme anxiety, and the situation which forced her to confront her mental health issues head on, but I’m sure there are plenty of other novels which would expand my knowledge on the subject for me to devour.
4. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Given the simple fact that this is a thriller, and I know “whodunnit” etc, I see absolutely no point in re-reading this particular novel. Easy as that.
5. The Visitor by Lee Child
As with #4, I really enjoyed this Jack Reacher adventure, but knowing how this thriller unfolds would make for a pointless re-reading experience.
6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When I read this novel, when YA dystopias were all the rage, I enjoyed it (despite its strange syntax and delivery style), but I know it’s not something I’ll ever pick up again. I’ve moved on.
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The shock value of this YA novel was the primary reason I loved it so much. Now that I am aware of the twist, I see little point in rediscovering it.
8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This was a super cute YA contemporary read. I adored the characters and it was a really fun book, but there are so many other YA contemporaries out there I want to read.
9. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
At the time of reading, I loved this book. It was action packed, fast-paced and, as a lover of Greek myth, right up my street, but I know I’ll never re-read it. Rick releases so many books I’ll never keep up as it is.
10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This was a sweet read, featuring a cute teenage couple in Paris, but I felt like it was written for a much younger audience than me at the time, so I’m certain it would read as positively juvenile now.
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