I hate these sorts of lists. I don’t like reading a book just once. I hope to enjoy it multiple times. Unfortunately, since I’m such a bloody emotional reader, some books have disappeared from my TBRR list. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, discusses books we won’t reread. Here are my picks:
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I adore Leigh and her writing. I cannot get enough of her work. Even though The Language of Thorns is one of my favourite fairy tale collections, I don’t usually reread anthologies. But with this one though, I don’t want to damage this beautiful book any further. Yeah, I’m weird. I don’t like when books are damaged. But this is so damn gorgeous though. It should be cherished…from afar and with special white gloves.
…And there go my Sheldon tendencies again.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I absolutely love this time travel series. And I’m a dedicated follower of the show (who isn’t when you have Sam playing Jamie?!). But I can’t reread the book again. The first one is beautifully written, but the ending gutted me, and I cannot read Jamie’s torture again. I’d rather trade a month of not reading than put myself through that scene. I don’t know how readers stomach it.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
I’m still debating over this choice. I loved reading The Wicked Deep, and I’ll recommend it to everyone. But since I’m a mood reader, I feel that I’d just wreck myself all over again. The ending is predictable, but the emotions are not. I never thought a standalone novel would do that to me, but here I am.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Long story short, I balled after I finished reading Nightingale. My mom happened to walk in on my cryfest, so I explained what happened in the book, then cried even harder. The book is gut-wrenching. Even though I recommend it to historical lovers, I tend to warn them about it since it has strong character arcs that some readers may not like.
Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Yes, in my high school years, I went the “dark” path, and I haven’t wavered much past it (neither has the colour of my clothes). So I was a huge Vampire Chronicles fan. Unfortunately, it hasn’t aged well, nor have I regained my love for it. Some issues stemmed from when the author sicked her fans onto a blogger who gave her book a one-star review. I understand some authors hate seeing that kind of review. But the way Anne handled the whole situation by blatantly telling her fans to bully this poor blogger made me lose all my respect for the writer.
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