Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: We Had Our Moment

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Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

We all have those books that we absolutely loved. We know that we're going to re-read them at some point, but what about those books that we loved but aren't going to re-read?  What makes those books different from the ones we are going to re-read?

I've gone through my extensive Goodreads page and picked the 10 8 that stuck out to me. There's nothing inherently wrong with these titles, but as I describe below, they all have that certain something that's stopping me from picking them up again.

*Titles redirect to either the review on Bookish Lifestyle or the Goodreads page

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I read this book years ago - probably in 2006 when it first came out. I enjoyed it immensely, but now that I'm a mother I don't think I'd be able to re-read it. I can't watch movies where a child dies or something tragic happens to children, so there's no way I could read about Susie's experience of being kidnapped, murdered, and watching her family grieve. 

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
Same deal as with The Lovely Bones. Dying and/or dead children with grieving parents? Peace out. 

Maus by Art Spiegelman
An incredibly moving and beautifully written story about a tragic and dark part of human history. My heart hurt the entirely of reading this graphic novel. Art tells his father and mother's story of surviving the Holocaust and knowing this is a true story and the events and people are real broke my heart and my spirit. This is story everybody should read.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Part of me thinks I would re-read this again, but a bigger part of me knows I won't. I enjoyed Water for Elephants very much, and yes I even enjoyed the movie. I do recommend this book, but it was a one-time-deal for me.

One Day by David Nicholls
My feelings toward One Day are similar to those for Water for Elephants. I love how David "checks in" with  Dexter and Emma on the same day every year for twenty years. It's a unique story telling aspect that I found fun and refreshing.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I liked Gone Girl a lot. I feel like I'm one of the few people who actually like the ending - don't worry, no spoilers here. But now that I know the twist and the ending, I'm don't feel the need to revisit Amy and Nick.

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
Aside from my huge issue with Mr. Barr's reputation, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I have experience working in a high school myself, my husband and various friends high school teachers, and I know it's unrealistic. This fact makes re-reading the book tricky.  

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
I listened to the audio of Baby Doll after a coworker recommended it to me. It's good, but it's psychologically heavy with a dark subject matter. After reading it I had to find something exceptionally light and fluffy.

What are some books you loved, but know that you'll never get around to re-reading?

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