As my TBR pile grows each day, I occasionally think about books I still own that I want to reread. Recently, as I started looking through my bookshelves, thinking about books I want to unhaul. I also started thinking about books I could never reread.
The books that I read and ended up not liking are a given. I don’t think I am alone in assuming most people would not reread a book they hated. I mean…if you do, you do you. However, there were books I did like, even loved, when I read them, but distance has made me realize I could never reread them.
Those books are:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Ever read a book you loved so much you want other people to read it too? That was the case with me and The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini’s writing is utterly beautiful and the story left a mark on me. I thought about rereading it, once, but there were certain things that made me too uncomfortable or angry. Which, of course, I’m sure was the author’s point. Instead, last year, I decided to pass The Kite Runner off to someone else that wants to read it.
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
I’ve wanted to reread Pretty Girl-13 because I considered it one of my all-time favorite books. Then, something occurred to me. There is mental illness representation in this book I’m not sure would fly as well in 2020 as it did in 2013. Looking back on it now, it was written in an almost sensational way. I might be wrong, only I don’t want to find out if I am not.
The Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
Of all the books by Kelley Armstrong that I have read, The Darkness Rising trilogy are ones I never think about. They weren’t terrible; they just weren’t as entertaining to me as The Darkest Powers. The tensions weren’t as high. The motivations of the villains didn’t make any sense. I didn’t connect to the characters. So, yeah, a reread of The Darkness Rising trilogy is not happening.
Prey by Lurlene McDaniel
Prey is another of the books I go back and forth on if I could ever reread it. Considering it covers a relationship between a male high school student and his female teacher, those types of books can be a hit or miss. This book didn’t sensationalize it, but it’s one of those books that make me wonder if I want to go on that emotional roller coaster again.
The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
Since the movie adaption of The Darkest Minds came out, I started thinking back to this series. When I first read it, I enjoyed it. Now, once I took time to think about the actions of the characters, particularly Liam and Ruby, all I can think is those little shits. Ruby made some seriously bad decisions, don’t get me wrong, but Liam’s actions during In the Afterlight still piss me off. I might as well not reread the trilogy.
What are books you will never reread?