Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Loved But I Would Never Re-Read.
Looking at my top ten I think the main reasons for me not wanting to re-read something that I really enjoyed are: That it was a biography/memoir, I think once you read about a person’s life you don’t feel the need to re-read it again. Books with plot twists or surprise endings, once you know the ending I don’t think re-reading the novel would have the same effect and books with uncomfortable subject, it may have been a good read but the thought of re-reading it makes you feel queasy. Anyway here are my top ten.
1. Go Ask Alice by Annonymous
Go Ask Alice is a 1971 fiction book about a teenage girl who develops a drug habit at age 15 and runs away from home on a journey of self-destructive escapism. The book is said to be a diary of a real person, so there are a lot of unanswered questions to wether this is fiction or not. This book is chilling, it is about a young, normal girl in America who begins taking drugs, at first she is spiked then she begins taking drugs herself. It was a fantastic read but I don’t think I need to read it again. Reading about a young girl on a downward spiral because of drugs is just not a nice read, especially if these diary exerts are from a true person.
2. Lucky by Alice Sebold
Lucky is Alice Seybold’s memoir, what happens to Alice is awful, harrowing, sad and upsetting; at college she was raped and this memoir is about her life after being raped and trying to get justice. It was actually the inspiration for her novel The Lovely Bones. Again a very interesting poignant read, but I won’t want to be reading this novel again. What she had to go through in the courts to “prove she was raped” was really awful to read.
3. The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey
I absolutely loved this book! I love anything to do with zombie apocalypses and The Girl with all the Gifts was a really unique take on it. But like with most thrillers, it’s mainly thrilling to read the first time so I doubt I will pick this up again.
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amazing book and amazing film, because of the massive twist in this novel I don’t think I will get the same kick out of reading this again as I did the first time. If I felt like re-reading it I would probably just watch the film as it was a great adaption.
5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
A wonderful book based on a true story, I don’t think I will read it again but here is my review if it’s something that may interest you.
6. Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsey
One of my favourite autobiographies of all time. I love Gordon!!! But I think once you have read an autobiography once there is no need to re-read…sorry Gordon.
7. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
My first ever Agatha Christie novel and I enjoyed it way more than I expected. As most people know her novels are murder mysteries so now I know the killer there’s no need to re-read!
8. Based on a True Story by Delphine De Vigan
Amazing book! I don’t think I will re-read it as again its a thriller and the thrill of the plot os gone. If you fancy an interesting unique thriller this is a great read.
9. Homo Deus by Yuval Harari
Very interesting book about the future of humanity. As interesting as it was I don’t think I will re-read its many pages.
10. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
I read this in 2x sittings, did he kill her or was it suicide? you don’t find out until the end and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Now I know the ending I don’t need to re-read this.
Whilst writing this I was thinking, if I plan not to re-read these 10 books surely I should get rid of them from my bookshelf and make space for something else. But also the inner book hoarder is screaming “No don’t get rid of us you can never say never when it comes to books…you may re-read us one day” For now books …. you win and I shall keep you.
Have I got any similar books that are on your list? Any books here that you think deserve a re-read? Let me know I would love to chat. Katie x