Top 10 Tuesday | Books I Wouldn’t Reread

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book tag that was run by The Broke and the Bookish but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provides a different bookish theme those deep-seated desires to list! Anyone is welcome to join in on their blog, in the comments or any other way. 

– Top 10 books I wouldn’t reread–

This week the prompt is ‘Books I Could Reread Forever’ but as I already bang on about the books I love all the time (so you could probably already guess what ones are on that list) I thought I’d mix it up instead and do books I wouldn’t reread.
I’ve selected 5 books I wouldn’t reread because I hated them or found them really problematic, and 5 that I enjoyed but wouldn’t get anything out of reading them again!

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Books I wouldn’t reread them because I hated them/found them problematic

The inclusion of The Catcher in the Rye is simple – I hate, hate, hate it – and the other 4 are definitely a case of problematic books. Eleanor and Park for its racial representation, Autonomous and Boy, Snow, Bird for trans representation, and Tell the Wolves I’m Home for gay rep. All books I would not be interested in rereading ever again and would be very unlikely to read anything by the authors either.

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Books I enjoyed but just don’t want to reread

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – A book I enjoyed reading but was very long and drawn out. Probably wouldn’t reread again just for that reason but am glad to have read it.
  • The Selected Works of T.S Spivet by Reif Larson – A very odd but adorable little book with lots of interesting illustrations and maps. Really enjoyable to read once but I probably wouldn’t gain anything from reading it again.
  • Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien – God lord, never again. I feel pleased with myself to have gotten through it but it was long as hell and I do not enjoy Tolkien’s writing at all.
  • Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman – I was very disappointed in this little book. I love His Dark Material’s and found Once Upon a Time in the North to be an excellent read. I love Lyra so much so was super excited to read more about Lyra’s Oxford but found it really simplistic and actually a little bit boring. Love it as part of my collection but probably not ever going to read it again!
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – I am really glad to have picked this up and I love Marie Lu’s contribution to the Batman franchise. I think she offered something really refreshing which attracted a lot of people who aren’t Batman fans to the book, but it’s probably not something I would be interested in reading again.

Going back to the original prompt, what are the books you would reread forever?
And like me, are there any books you definitely won’t be rereading again?

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16 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday | Books I Wouldn’t Reread

  1. I was surprised by how many people had Lord of The Rings on their lists. To me it’s like climbing a mountain, you feel accomplished at having done it but the actual doing it is painful and often tedious 🙂

    I would also never reread Game of Thrones….it contained enough horror for my entire lifetime.

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    1. Oh my god, I forgot about Game of Thrones. I managed to get up to the first Dance of Dragons book and it took me pretty much the entire year to get to that point, then I was so saturated by ASOIAF that I couldn’t persevere any further xD


  2. i also have trouble liking JRR Tolkien’s writing style, and some people read it for the first time as 12yo’s or somewhere around that age, and I can barely get through at 21???? (actually I’ve only got through chapter one) but it’s for some reason one of those books I want to like?? we have a weird relationship.
    and I have to read Marie Lu’s contribution to Batman, my childhood hero!!!!! my birthday cakes were always batman, i’m so glad he’s popular again ❤

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT?! I think I was 18 or 19 when I read Fellowship and Two Towers (couldn’t survive until RotK) and I STRUGGLED. The Tom Bombadil chapter almost killed me in Fellowship, and then the chapters in Two Towers that are basically just Sam and Frodo walking around and around the same set of rocks for about 5 chapters did me in. :’) I can’t believe that there are teenagers who managed to get through the books.

      Definitely reading Marie Lu’s book then! I really like The Dark Knight films but am not into Batman that much, but Marie Lu made it really enjoyable! It’s a really interesting chance to read about Bruce as YA as he’s just coming into being Batman.

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  3. I just read Autonomous and wow, did it have some serious problems!! I read all these reviews which were generally positive and then it was very not good in many ways! Glad I’m not the only person who thought that!

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      1. I did find one in the end which raised some of the issues I had, but that was really it! I think it’s also the fact that not only did most of the reviews not mention the issues, they were all super positive! I thought I was being overly sensitive, but now I feel a bit better knowing I’m not the only one!


  4. I could reread Deathless and The Bear and The Nightingale forever! As for books I wouldn’t reread? A Little Life, for sure, it was a struggle to get through and I can’t imagine ever wanting to do it again.

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  5. I liked the twist on the theme! I do love myself some books, but I just don’t really re-read them … like ever? I do check out quotes and such, but that’s about it. So seeing someone go the other way and talk about the books they definitely wouldn’t reread feels much more relatable to me hahaha

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    1. Haha thanks! I only have a small handful of books I love so much that I like rereading them, but even then it’s rare I actually reread. Maybe once or twice in the span of 2-5 years! My list of books I will never reread is definitely a lot longer 😉

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