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.

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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…)

1984 book

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 only willingly reread prise and prejudice. I will reread something my daughter is reading in school, but that’s cause it’s fun to have a book discussion with her. I just love the joy of reading a brand new bopk!

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  2. I think I got MORE out of Life of Pi the second time around because I knew how it ended. I just noticed a lot more details and made a lot more connections. Plus, now that I know what the book is ABOUT, the testing of faith, I was able to appreciate some of the things that the first time made me go “WTF???”.

    Great list!

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  3. So who died and made you Queen “Name the Day of the Week” anyway? I feel like you’ve really crossed a line by saying it’s not Tuesday. Maybe it IS Tuesday.
    And don’t give me all those “facts” and “calendars” and stuff. I think you’ve got something against Tuesdays and you’re letting your “Weekend Privilege” show. I bet you grew up with 7 days in a week, every week, didn’t you? See, how much more privileged can you get?

    Hahahahahaaa. Wow. I think that has got to be one of the most BS comments I’ve left on your blog so far. You just bring out the worst in me, for sure.

    I’ve re-read “And then there were none” twice, but it was with almost 20 years between so I had actually forgotten Whodunnit. The rest of those, whoooo, some seriously heavy hitters there.

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    1. tehehehehe 😂😂😂 You’re quite right- mea culpa! 😉 I have failed as a relativist and for that I should be awfully ashamed of myself 😂😂 Who am I to say what reality is? If you feel like it is Tuesday, how can I argue with “your truth”? 😉 I better go check my calendar privilege 😂

      hehehehe I’m not gonna lie, it is one of the most BS comments I’ve ever gotten (I don’t know if a walking meme could have done better), but it’s also one of the best, I was rofl 😂

      Ah yes, I think waiting 20 years to forget that one might do the trick 😉 hehe yeah.

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  4. Awesome list! I agree about Christie, there’s really no point as you know the ending and there are lots more to choose from. But I can alway watch the Poirot and Miss Marple series 🙂 Oh and BBC’s mini series adaptation of And then there were none is magnificent! Charles Dance plays the judge 😀

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  5. I love your selection of books and kudos for being such a diverse reader. I have to confess that I almost never re-read books one of the main reasons being that I have so many waiting tbr.

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  6. A couple of these are on my TBR.
    I burst out laughing at the no point to rereading a mystery. I must confess, I used to binge read them so much that there are some I have to get waaaaay into the second time before i remember… oh yeah, he did it. Lol.

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  7. I think that there are a lot books out there that I loved because I read them at the exact right time. In some cases, I’d probably enjoy them if I were to reread them, but not love them in the same way. In others though, I think I’d wonder what I was thinking the first time I read it! Those tend to be the books that I don’t want to risk rereading. For the most part I’m happier with good memories of the experience of reading them. But I’ll reread books that I DO think will hold up, and books that I think I might get more out of on reading them another time.

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    1. Ah yes I do relate to that- and that’s what I think a lot of the time as well. I think for me it’s mostly a fear I won’t like them quite as much (I thankfully don’t have too many “what was I thinking” moments 😉 ) Yes for sure!

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  8. The Book Thief is one of the only books I reread often and I end up crying every time… so that probably means I need a break T_T I was thinking about rereading And Then There Were None since it’s been a few years and maybe I’ll see clues that I didn’t for that reveal O.O

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  9. I’m a bit of a rereader. But I’m with you on Jude the Obscure. I don’t think I could ever put myself through those ups and downs again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. But I can’t lol. Same with We Were Liars and Life of Pi. The twists and turns made for an exciting read the first time around. I doubt I’d enjoy them as much with a reread. 1984 I have reread and will probably do so at some point again. It scares me but it’s just too good to not reread lol.

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    1. Yeah I know right- I love that book and consider it one of my favourites- but I don’t think I could go through it again. And yeah for sure- I’m glad you agree there! hehe I know what you mean about 1984- I think it’s amazing, but it’s so disturbing!

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  10. I have wanted to read Memoirs of a Geisha for ages…and I actually forgot about it until I saw your post just now. I definitely need to add it to my TBR list, before I forget it again! Thank you for the reminder. 😉
    I completely agree on The Book Thief. I would love to reread that book, but I have a feeling it will emotionally destroy me. Especially since I know the ending, the interactions throughout the whole book will be impacted for me. I don’t know if I will ever be reading to reread it.
    Great post! 😀

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  11. I watch the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ and for me (a young South African) l was so fascinated by the storyline because I really didn’t and still don’t know much about geishas besides what I saw in the movie. It must’ve been more interesting actually reading the book though 💫

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  12. I’m scared to read Jude. For rather, I’m scared to finish Jude. I’ve started it (years ago) and got maybe a 1/4 way through. But I know enough about the story and how it ends to know that I might actually NOT want to read it. Tess was sad enough for me 😦

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  13. I also love Memoirs of a Geisha, it was my favourite book for a while. I was so disappointed when I found out how inaccurate it was. I enjoyed Life of Pi, but I saw the movie first so I wish I could go back and read it before the movie, it just wasn’t the same. After saying all that, I almost never reread books, if I do it’s usually an audio book.

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    1. Ah yes, I really get what you mean- I absolutely love it, but I was also disappointed. And I really do want to see the movie version of life of pi. I do get that about watching the movie first (I do that all too often by mistake, cos I don’t realise quite how many movies were books first). I really get that- I don’t reread very much anymore either.

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  14. Yay, Memoirs Of A Geisha! I had no idea that it was inaccurate, nonetheless what an unputdownable book it was. 🙂 Completely with you on The Book Thief… why put your heart through so much pain once again? 😞

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  15. I completely agree about We Were Liars and 1984. Surprisingly enough, I have never read The Book Thief! I was seriously going to buy it the last two times I went to the bookstore (because of it’s classic status among bloggers) but didn’t. What was really funny was that I found an old copy in the very back of my bookshelf (that is located at my parents house with 75% of the rest of my books) so I brought it back to my apartment with me. I am hoping to get to it at some point this year! :]

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  16. I loved And Then There Were None also, but I get exactly why you wouldn’t want to read it again. It’s no fun reading a whodunnit when you already know whodunnit haha. That’s reason enough for me to not reread mysteries. Plus, I just don’t like re-reading books in general because, like you said, there’s sooo many books to read AND I’m a slow reader haha.

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  17. I also read and adored The Book Thief once (like, 10 years ago) and I’m kind of surprised I hadn’t read it again; I mean, it’s such a beautiful book! And same, 1984 creeped me out sufficiently, so I’m not sure if I’ll have the heart to go looking for it again haha. Great list! 😉

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  18. I never re-read books on purpose (occasionally I’ll pick a book and think “hang on a minute…how do I know what happens next?”) apart from comedy memoirs because they’re like those family stories that are told at every get together that you never get bored of. Saying that, there’s definitely books that I read when I was too young to fully understand them so they deserve a second look (I absolutely hated The Hobbit when I was six, I loved it when I was sixteen – also Anne of Green Gables, Tess of the D’Urbavilles, some Oprah Winfrey biography that had me asking “Mummy, what’s a prostitute?” – the perils of being an advanced early reader with a small library to choose from). There’s also a couple of books that I have no recollection of (the Perks of Being a Wallflower, Brave New World) that again I think I read at the wrong time so deserve another go.

    I totally agree with a lot of your choices – the Life of Pi would be tainted by my knowledge of the ending (similarly with any mystery/plot twist books like Gone Girl) and Memoirs of a Geisha was so evocative that I think I pretty much remember exactly what happened anyway.

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  19. I loved this theme and I like catching up on TTT themes sometimes, but I never reread so I don’t know how I could incorporate it to my reading. Anyway, this is a great post! I really want to read Rape of Nanking but I’m put off because of just how bleak and harrowing it’s going to be…

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  20. Lovely list! I don’t think I could re-read We Were Liars either. Even if I really enjoyed it, just knowing the twist, well… re-reading wouldn’t be as powerful as the first reading was haha 🙂 x

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  21. Great list! 🙂 I’ve read The Book Thief, Life of Pi and We Were Liars myself, and while I’ve only read all of them once so far The Book Thief is definitely one of the books I’ll be picking up again someday soon. It emotionally wrecked me too, but I feel like I’m healed enough to give it another go. 🙂
    Again great post! 😀 ❤

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  22. Ah I never reread books, just don’t have the time, and there are so many new ones coming out anyway! The only exception to that rule is when I’m forced to re-read a book for school or something. Mind you, I’m 32 now, so the chances of me going to school at this point are slim…

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  23. I was tempted to do that meme too but didn’t get the time.
    I’m with you there on 1984. Though once was enough for me. I read it for high school and I doubt I’ll read it again.

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  24. Great idea for a blog post! I haven’t read any of those books but I own the book thief and I keep meaning to read it but like you and everyone else who has read it says, it emotionally wrecks you. I remember when my mum finished reading it and she was sitting next me crying. I have plenty of books do that to me, including the movie for the book thief. I will have to get around to reading some of these though, they sound interesting.

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  25. I love this idea for a list! It was very interesting to read and got me thinking of what books I wouldn’t re-read. Could I use this idea to write a blog post, please? (I would credit you, of course.)

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  26. How often do you re-read books? I only re-read books if they are on my top 10 favorite books of all time list. Mostly because there are so many new books I want to read. But I know a lot of people do re-read books. Do you do this often? What makes you decide to re-read a book? As a side note, more people need to read 1984 for at least the first time! 🙂 And I took a Holocaust lit class in college and it basically broke me, so I can understand how you want and don’t want to re-read The Book Thief at the same time. Picking up any book now taking place during WWII is nearly impossible for me.

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    1. Oh very rarely these days, though I used to do it much more. I do agree that there are so many new books that I want to read too, but I get a lot out of books that I already love, so I do like to reread them when I can (but like I said, I only reread a few every year now). As for when I do it, it’s just when the mood takes me (I’m a massive mood reader 😉 ) Oh one hundred percent agree- everyone should read 1984 at least once! And I understand- I read a non fic Holocaust book the other day- I don’t think I’ve ever been that scarred by a book before. I can’t even look at my notes for it without feeling sick, so yeah, I don’t think I’m going to be reading anything on the topic for a while now.

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