Top Ten Books I’m Scared to Re-read

Posted April 9, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 55 Comments

Today’s TTT topic was submitted by Brandyn @ Goingforgoldilocks. Thanks for the fun idea, Brandyn! If you have ideas for future topics, submit them here!

A note about last week’s topic:

I know how hard it was for many of you to come up with a list of characters you liked from books you didn’t like, and I’m sorry if you couldn’t participate! Always feel free to switch up a topic to make it work for you when this kind of thing happens. I really loved the topic idea when I saw it come through my TTT topic submission form, but was pretty daunted by it at the same time. I usually don’t like a book because I didn’t like the character(s). I know I’m just one person, though, and I shouldn’t only pick topics that are easy for me. And honestly, I really liked the challenge because I ended up mentioning some books I’d never talked about before on the blog!

Anyway, I posted a discussion a few days ago about whether or not you’re a character or plot driven reader, and we’re having fun over there. Jump in and tell me what kind of reader you are, and if last week’s topic was a bit of a challenge for you!

We did a topic a couple months ago on books we could re-read forever. This time we’re showcasing books we liked but will never re-read. For me those books are usually books I loved years ago that I’m scared I won’t love anymore if I read it now (tastes change, you know?). It’s kind of like meeting up with a best friend from childhood and then not liking them anymore and ruining the memories of your time together as kids. I don’t want to erase the experience I had reading it when I loved it. I also run into this issue with books that have major plot twists or are mysteries because I know I will never be able to duplicate the amazing reading experience I had before I knew what was going to happen. These are the kinds of books I’m going to talk about today.


1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I really loved Twilight (it came out while I was in college), and it re-ignited my love of reading and introduced me to the magical world of YA books. I didn’t have YA as a teen and spent my teens years reading historical romance novels. I wish I’d had YA back then, with characters and situations that I could relate to.


2. Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
Wanderlove changed my life. It’s one of those books that I found at just the right time, and I’m not sure I’d ever feel like I did when I read it. It scares me that I’d taint that life-changing reading experience if I tried to re-read it now. 


3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I read Delirium right when it came out. I was still on a dystopia kick after reading and loving The Hunger Games. I LOVED this book so much. When I read the synopsis now, though, it’s the kind of story I’d pass over. Maybe I read too many dystopian novels, or maybe I got tired of reading so many similar stories. I don’t think I’d love it anymore, which is sad because I own Requiem and want to see how it ends. But that means I’d have to re-read Delirium and Pandemonium because I’ve forgotten everything. I’m worried I wouldn’t make it through and then I’d have ruined one of my favorite books for myself.


4. Till Death by Jennifer Armentrout
Ah, this is one of my favorite romantic suspense novels! And I’m oo scared to re-read it because I already know what happens and I don’t ever want to forget how terrified and confused I was. lol. I had NO CLUE who the culprit was, and I loved trying to figure it out. Would I enjoy this book as much the second time if I already knew the ending?


5. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
This is another favorite book of mine. There is a very strong musical theme throughout that I really connected with. It’s the kind of connection I would never want to lose, and it scares me to think of re-reading it even though I want to so bad!


6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I miiiiight not hold myself to this becuase I LOVE this book so much. It’s another one I’m scared I won’t love anymore because I’ve been having a hard time with contemporary YA lately.


7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
While the writing is beautiful, and I loved this book a lot, I’m not sure I could put my heart through it again.


8. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
I’m really done with any and all fae that are not Sarah J. Maas’s.


9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie’s writing is beautiful (and I loved this book), but I’ve really fallen out of love with most paranormal/folkloric creatures. I still love mermaids, but that’s about it. I also think I’d eyeroll over the instalove and the Twilight-esque feelings.


10. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
MAJOR PLOT TWIST that I can never ever re-experience unless I get amnesia. If I do, remind me I want to read this book.

Which books did you enjoy, but will never re-read? Why?
Do you ever experience this problem I have where you’re worried you won’t like a book as much the second time and end up ruining everything? What do you suggest I do about this fear?

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55 responses to “Top Ten Books I’m Scared to Re-read

  1. Love “Anna and the French Kiss,” but haven’t re-read that one. Someday I would like to give “Delirium” and “Incarnate” a chance though I don’t know if I’ll like them or not.

    Regarding last week’s topic, I found it a good one. Challenging, yes, but that’s OK. Sometimes it’s fun to have to get creative with a topic. :)
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    • Jana

      I really loved both Delirium and Incarnate when I read them, so it definitely wouldn’t hurt to give them a try if you’re interested! Incarnate in particular is seriously beautiful. I might just re-read it and not worry because I loved it that much when I first read it. :)

      I’m glad you thought last week’s topic was a good one. I’m always up for a challenge, but not everyone is and I felt a little guilty for doing that to everyone. lol.

  2. Twilight came out when I was a senior in high school but I didn’t know about the books until the movies started coming out. I didn’t really enjoy it that much, but it did open the door to other YA books that I love. I personally felt that the ending to the Twilight series was a little boring. But I can see why people loved it, it just wasn’t for me.
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    • Jana

      UGH, Breaking Dawn was definitely hard for me to get through. lol. I think it was the biggest book I’d ever read at that point, and it just went on and on and on. At least the series opened you up to some books you really love! I think Twilight was a gateway book for many people, so we can always be grateful to it for that. :)

  3. Same here with the Book Thief, it would be on my list too. It’s one of my all-time favorite and I’m afraid I get bored rereading it as it has history part in it. And I don’t like any history. hehe.

    (MY TTT isn’t posted yet)… Tuesday is just starting here.. lols.

    • Jana

      lol. It’s one of my favorites too, but I agree with you that I’m not the biggest fan of reading historical novels (unless there’s romance!). Every once in a while, though, I’ll give one a shot.

  4. The Shiver-series and The Book Thief are still on my TBR, haha. Looking forward to both of them although I do think I won’t like the Shiver-series as much compared to if I would’ve read them a couple of years ago.
    As for The Book Thief.. People keep telling me it’ll break me so.. I might be postponing? One can only take so much heartbreak and the ugly-crying I did over 180 Seconds by Jessica Park is still haunting me. :’)

    As for fae.. Sarah J. Maas’ are definitely my favorite, although Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince is coming very, very close as well! She’s the Queen of Fae after all…

    • Jana

      I did really love the Shiver series, and maybe I still would! I’m not totally sure. My mom read Shiver a few years ago because of my raving review and thought it was a little young compared to other YA books, so that worried me a little about the possibility of a re-read.

      I postponed The Book Thief as long as I could, and then was forced to read it in grad school. It’s absolutely beautiful. I read a bunch of spoilers so I knew what I was in for, and I just teared up a little. No ugly crying, luckily. lol. I think I’m crossing 180 Seconds off my TBR now… lol.

      I’ve never read Holly Black, but maybe I should! I did receive The Cruel Prince for review…

    • Jana

      I am grateful I read the Twilight books before I’d ever heard of them. I also wasn’t doing bookish social media or blogs yet, so I went in with a pure, blank slate. I can see why hearing about them online for so many years would deter you. The Host book is much better than the movie, imo.

      As for the Anna series, I really loved Lola, although not as much as Anna. I haven’t read the third one yet, though. I kind of lost my momentum.

    • Jana

      I’m not much of a re-reader either. Actually, I’m totally not a re-reader. lol. The only book I’ve ever re-read that wasn’t a picture book is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas in preparation for A Court of Mist and Fury.

    • Jana

      Yes, I love the cover of Wings. All 4 covers in that series are really pretty. And really, I did love the books. I’ve just kind of moved away from fae, whereas I used to gobble all of them up. If you’re intrigued, definitely give it a try. I highly recommend Wings. :)

    • Jana

      Glad you liked the topic!

      And I totally get that there’s lots of wonderful fae books out there. I used to actively hunt down any and all fae/fairy books and read them almost exclusively for a while. Then I got tired of them, but ACOTAR sounded amazing so I decided to try in out. Her books are the only ones involving fae I’m still interested in, although someone did just recommend Holly Black to me. Do you have any recommendations for fae books? I’m always willing to jump back in if there’s something really amazing I should be reading. :)

  5. Ali

    I was pretty close to putting Anna and the French Kiss on my list this week too. I loved it at the time but haven’t felt the need to go back and re read. I don’t tend to go in for re reads much, only a very limited number of favorites (usually romance reads or classics), as there are too many new books I want to read.

    If I was worried a re read would spoil my memory of a book I just wouldn’t do it.

    • Jana

      I think you and I are on the same page here. I’m not much of a re-reader because there are so many books I want to read, and I worry about destroying my memories of reading beloved books the first time. Movies, however, are a different story. I will wear out my favorites with all the re-watching I do. lol

    • Jana

      Hehe. I had a feeling you’d see that I listed Anna and disagree! Maybe I should give it a try regardless because I did LOVE it so much, and I know you’ve read it like a thousand times now and still love it. That gives me hope.

      I need your help on Delirium and Pandemonium!! I’d still love to read Requiem. And I actually think I bought the audiobooks back when they were on sale, now that you mention it… Audible had a sale, and they were each like $4. It was a steal. It helps knowing you liked the narration. I’ve never seen Grey’s Anatomy… Do you recommend that show?

  6. I’m sort of ashamed to admit that I haven’t heard of most of these books. xD I bought The Book Thief over Christmas, so I plan on reading that this year, though. And the cover for Incarnate is gorgeous! I might have to pick that one up, too. :) I think a lot of my reasons for not re-reading books are the same as yours: they were magic and special the first time I read them, and I don’t want that to change.
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    • Jana

      Oh, I recommend all the books I listed here, especially Incarnate and Kiss of Deception! lol. I’ve always loved Incarnate’s cover, and the other two books in that series are just as beautiful. Talking about it is making me want to re-read them, so I might just trash this list and not worry anymore. I hope you enjoy The Book Thief! It’s beautiful, but a little hard on the heart.

    • Jana

      Wasn’t that series SO good!? My mom read them with me, and she loved them as well. YA is definitely not just for teens, and I love that Twilight proved that to so many people! I rarely re-read as well. Too much on the TBR!

  7. Loved your list! I have a lot of these on my TBR so I’m glad to hear you liked them so much!

    And I’m so with you on Sarah J. Maas’s fae!! I’ve gotten lost in the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses and I shall never be the same! :D

    • Jana

      I hope you like them too! Everything I’ve listed here really is wonderful.

      BAH, me too! A Court of Thorns and Roses was just magical, and ACOMAF was even better. LOVE these books! I still haven’t read ACOWAR, which I can’t believe. I got about halfway through and wasn’t feeling it. What’s wrong with me!? I want to try it again before the next one comes out.

  8. Kay

    I often reread books, but I always have. I’m not sure why I don’t worry about whether I’ll like it as much the second or third time. Maybe because if a book’s not working for me, I DNF. I do understand it being hard to duplicate a first read experience, but I find that sometimes the 2nd read offers even more depth. And I also repeat read because I know that I was happy with it and perhaps need a bit of happy. I’ve reread Twilight more than once. LOL
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    • Jana

      I have thought that a second read might make me love these books more because I’d find more little details I missed before. I’m starting to change my mind on them as a discuss them with other people. lol. I do like your idea of going back to happy books when you need happy. Some of these books hold wonderful, happy memories for me. I’ve been wanting to read Twilight again… lol

    • Jana

      AHHHH, you haven’t read Twilight yet!?! You’re making me want to read it again!

      Anna and The Book Thief (lol. Interesting title combination) are both wonderful. Hope you enjoy them!

    • Jana

      Haha. We all know we pretty much never stick to some of these declarations. I’m already thinking about re-reading, like, half of the ones I listed here. :’)

    • Jana

      Ugh, so fantastic! I love that book so much! I might go and re-read certain passages that are just really beautiful. Who knows?

    • Jana

      I’m actually reading my way through the Harry Potter books for the first time ever right now! I can see reading the first one again. It’s so magical!

  9. The only book on your list I’ve read this week is Twilight and it made my re-read forever list ;) I didn’t care for the last book in the series, but the first three I’ve re-read several times. I still need to read The Book Thief. I’ve heard such amazing things about it!
    I tweaked the topic a little this week on mine going with series that I want to re-read.
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    • Jana

      lol. Twilight will forever and always be a favorite book of mine, I’m just scared my opinions will change reading them 10+ years later. lol. I also didn’t like the last book in the series.

      I like the tweak you made to the topic!

  10. Great list, Janna! Anna and the French Kiss made my list this week as well. I’m also a little afraid I won’t love The Book Thief as much as I did the first time around. Plus, I’m not sure I can survive the heartbreak and tears again!

  11. What you said about Wanderlove, probably touches upon one of the reasons why I don’t re-read (ever). I think I want to retain my memory of that book, especially if it was a good one. I remember seeing the original Salem’s Lot movie and thinking it was so scary. I watched it again when I was a little older, and thought it was cheesy. I sort of ruined that movie for myself. That was my first lesson in why I shouldn’t re-anything.
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    • Jana

      Yes, I totally agree with you. Possibly destroying a book for myself is a really scary thing for me. lol. I’m not this way as much with books or movies I read/watched in adulthood, though. My opinions don’t change as much.

  12. I have the same issue with re- reading certain books- I don’t want to tarnish the memory if it’s not as good the second time around! And sometimes tastes just DO change. I’ve read a few Lauren Oliver books but not the Delirium series, and I don’t know if I should, if they’re similar to a lot of dystopians that came out. Maybe one of these days…

    And ooh Kiss of deception sounds interesting with that plot twist!
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  13. Totally agree with you about Shiver. I loved it the first time I read it and wanted to continue the series, but by the time I finally got around to Linger, I’d totally forgotten about most of what happened in Shiver, and I didn’t really care enough to reread it. I was kind of over the paranormal romance craze by that point. Twilight, though, I’ve reread more times than I can count, and I’ve loved it every single time.