Once was enough… Books I Loved But Probably Won’t Reread

 

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I don’t normally do weekly memes, but I do really enjoy reading them. As a lot of you probably know, Top Ten Tuesday had a fantastic topic this week on “Books I loved, but will never reread” and it really got me thinking does this apply to me? I mean, I’m not a huge rereader anymore (so many books, so little time!) however, I do hoard books that I love in the hope that I will get a chance to reread them someday. Nonetheless, the more I thought about it, the more I realised there are some books which I gave all the bananas to and can’t see myself picking up again. Evidently, it’s not Tuesday, but I thought I’d share my list, because why not?

memoirs of a geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha– I adored this book. Still, this is one of those books that I feel I read at the *exact* right moment and I don’t know that I want to ruin that. Especially since I now know how inaccurate it is- I think I might be better served staying in that world and exploring it from a more authentic angle in the future.

facing the light

Facing the Light– do you ever have a book that you look back on with rose tinted glasses even if you know objectively it’s probably not as good as you remember? That’s what this book is for me. I was captivated by this when I read this as a teen and ended up fixating on the authors work (even though none of her other books ever held the same magic for me again). So yeah, it doesn’t make sense to reread it and risk ruining my memory of it.

poison chris wooding

Poison– my nostalgia is strong for this one. I can remember falling in love with this and being blown away by the story in so much detail. However, that’s in some ways to the book’s detriment, because I can’t bear the idea of not loving it as much the second time round. It’s such an unusual book that I’m even reluctant to mention it sometimes in case other people don’t love this hidden gem as much as I did- so how could I cope if I reread it and didn’t fall under its spell the second time round? Nope, as wonderful as I remember this book being, the experience of reading it is best left safely in the past.

book thief

The Book Thief– I do actually want to reread this- I’ve picked it up many times thinking I might. Yet the thing that always stops me is how much it emotionally *wrecked* me the first time round- I’m not sure I could knowingly do that again. (Who knows though, I might end up feeling like a good cathartic cry someday…)

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1984– I have actually reread this one, so it’s kind of cheating putting it on here, but the first time I read it I was sufficiently creeped out to say “I’m never reading this again!” Of course, I didn’t keep to that, so who knows? I could totally end up going back on my word again for this one.

jude

Jude the Obscure– speaking of emotional books, I don’t know many other books that are as traumatising as this. I think it’s a masterpiece- and yet I can’t see myself ever being able to reread it.

rape of nanking

Rape of Nanking– okay this is not something I will say I loved per se, but it really fits with the “once was enough” theme. Quite simply, there are few books more harrowing than this and I can’t foresee any situation where I’d want to even think about it too much. This is one of those books that it’s worth reading once in a lifetime- and no more.

and then there were none

And Then There Were None– it doesn’t really seem worth rereading a murder mystery, does it? Well at least not for me, knowing exactly what happens kinda ruins the pleasure of wondering who dunnit. Besides, there’s loads of other Christie books to choose from- I may as well pick one of those.

we were liars

We Were Liars– this has turned up on a few lists and I totally get why. It was beautifully written and incredibly moving- however, knowing all the twists will kinda take a lot of the fun out of rereading it I think. The first time I read it was so impactful- I don’t know that I could ever replicate that feeling.

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Life of Pi– this book is so hit or miss for people, so I was nervous about going into it. Luckily for me, it was a massive hit. As much as I don’t like to be swayed by the court of public opinion, I do see its faults and I’m worried I won’t get as much out of it the second time round- particularly because I now know exactly how it ends.

And that’s all from me for today! What do you think of any of these books? Which books do you love but won’t reread? Let me know in the comments!

120 thoughts on “Once was enough… Books I Loved But Probably Won’t Reread

  1. I actually did re-read And Then There Were None. It freaked me out so much the first time I read it, that I had to go back and see if it was as powerful when I knew the ending. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t.) I don’t tend to re-read mysteries though, unless the book itself was just *that good*.

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  2. I still love to reread Poison but if it’s been a long time since you read something you can build it up so much that the real thing can’t compare. Best leave the adventures of Poison of Gull as the magical thing they once were.

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    1. I can really understand that- it’s one that I actually want to reread (especially cos I think about it a lot and compare it to lots of other books- it really is one of my faves) but I don’t want to ruin it rereading it 😉

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  3. 1984 definitely. I can’t imagine ever rereading that book. It’s one of those that’s like stained in my brain. Memoirs of a Geisha too. I’d probably watch the movie again but not read the book. I’d add Anna Karenina to the list too and not because of the length, cause it is a pretty long book, but just in general. It was just so full of stuff that once was enough.

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  4. I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha but don’t think I will re-read either. The strange thing though is that I actually do re-read Agatha Christie’s mysteries from time to time! 😂 Mostly when I want a feel good read and because you can read them in one night. 😉

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  5. Great list! I have a question though, why is Memoirs of a Geisha inaccurate? I was planning to read it, but I don’t know… if it’s not accurate I’m less tempted to pick it up.

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  6. I too won’t be rereading 1984, The Book Thief or Life of Pi. Those were all loved, but I just wouldn’t reread them. I do need to catch up with a few of these! Great post! 💜

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