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Happy Tuesday, Wormies! It’s that day of the week where I share lists! If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am a re-reader! I guess this goes back to my childhood, where there were no real bookstores in my hometown and I only had a few options. Our school library didn’t have a large selection of fiction books, too. Anyway, re-reading has always been something that I love to do, but there are books that I won’t read again!
As of writing this post, there are 7 books that I won’t read again. But don’t hold your breath because knowing me, things may change.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
I read A Walk to Remember in college and I read it in one sitting! It is a short book, but I basically ugly cried from start to finish and zombie-walked to school, with my eyes swollen and looking like crap.
Why I won’t read it again: I saw the movie and I liked the movie well enough. I also don’t like Nicholas Sparks views on the romance genre, so yeah. I won’t be picking up any of his books ever.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone so much but I still haven’t finished the series! This book is just weird and amazing and has an awesome friendship between Karou and Zuzana!
Why I won’t read it again: Uhm, this book is weird. The demons and angels trope is something that I don’t really get super excited for, which is one reason why I won’t re-read this book. Also, I think it is just too weird for me. Seriously.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
I was at the edge of my seat while listening to the audiobook for The 5th Wave. It is a unique take on the apocalypse/alien invasion trope. Plus, I loved that it is written in mostly Cassie’s POV and it felt like the real voice of a teenager. Plus that shocking reveal. And Aliens.
Why I won’t read it again: I watched the movie. And meeh… I wasn’t a fan. I also lost interest in the series. Seriously. It helps that I met Rick Yancey and I had him sign my book.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Cruel Beauty was one of the first audiobooks that got me into listening to audiobooks. Seriously, people. If you haven’t read this book yet, GET THE AUDIOBOOK. Cruel Beauty was a weird, twisty retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I can’t even!
Why I won’t read it again: Because it is weird, I just can’t bring myself to read (or even listen) to this book again! I swear, it’s just weird. I also read Crimson Bound and wasn’t blown away by the weirdness of it.
The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
The Winter King is the first Romantic Fantasy book that I read and I was BLOWN AWAY! OMG! But again, it was also really slow to start and it felt like it dragged until the last quarter of the book.
Why I won’t read it again: As I said, it was slow to start and dragged a bit. Despite the amazing characters and unique story, I will not be re-reading this book soon.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I read The DaVinci Code in college and I enjoyed it well enough. I picked this up not knowing that it was the second book in the series. I also picked this up when there was a lot of controversy surrounding the book. I loved it and it had on the edge of my seat!
Why I won’t read it again: I read Angels and Demons and this was a game changer! It was even more exciting and I read it in one sitting. Which led me to really not enjoy The DaVinci Code as I did. I also saw the movie and… I don’t think of Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.
Books I won’t Read Again: Conclusion
It looks like the reasons I won’t read a book again is 1) it’s just too weird and 2) the movie sucks. So, I guess this means I shouldn’t watch book to movie adaptations after reading the book?
Have you read any books mentioned above? Will you re-read them again?
What books made your “I won’t re-read pile?”
Chrissi Reads says
I know what you mean about A Walk To Remember! I feel the same way. Great list!
Thanks, Chrissi! I am never going to read that book again!
Finally, someone else who doesn’t re-read. I thought I was alone in this bibliophile world. I have never read a Sparks book, because he put me off during an interview, but I have seen all his movies. They always seem to be on. XD
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Uhmm… I am actually an avid re-reader! In fact, I re-read a lot! These are just a few books that I am not going to read again 🙂
I totally agree about The Da Vinci Code! Angels and Demons was so much better honestly. And ugh, I love Tom Hanks and have since the 80’s, but good lord, he is not how I pictured Robert Langdon at all!
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I KNOW! Tom Hanks is one of my fave actors, too! But yeah, he does not look like Robert Langdon! I was thinking more along the lines of Harrison Ford or something.
I haven’t even got onto the rest of the DoSAB trilogy yet, so I won’t be rereading any time soon!
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I know! LOL I’m not sure if I want to continue reading the series…
Rissi @ Finding Wonderland says
Much as I liked “The 5th Wave” film adaptation, I don’t think I’ll read the book. Usually the only way I read a book that’s been adapted is if I read it prior to seeing the film. Otherwise, it’s a real struggle to get through the book.
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True. I usually am like that, but I read The Hunger Games after I saw the first movie and I was okay with it 🙂
I totally agree that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is weird, but it is one of my favorite series. The later books in the series are even more unique than the first one, and the whole angel vs. demon conflict gets more fleshed out. I am not sure if that convinces you to give the series another shot, but the whimsical weirdness really stole my heart. Plus, there isn’t going to be a movie to ruin it!
Anyway, the biggest reason I don’t re-read books (especially series) is terrible endings. For example, I am not the biggest fan of Mockingjay or Allegiant, so I am probably never going to re-read The Hunger Games or Divergent because I already know that the ending will disappoint me. The same thing happened with The 5th Wave. I loved the first book, but I was just really confused by The Infinite Sea and I am not sure if I am ever going to read the last book.
Oh, that is true! That is why I love re-reading favorite series like The Lunar Chronicles (which I have re-read multiple times), and I also tend to reread shorter series or series with books that are standalones, most seen in romance.
Jazz @ Jazmin Jade Reviews says
Cruel Beauty was one of the first audiobooks I did too! It was an amazing story.
Sharlene Wegner says
Me Before You. I read it for a book club and had no idea how it would end. I was reliving it for months – so upsetting. Another one I read for a book club was Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre. It is a book about the mother of the Sullivan clan reminiscing about when she met her husband, whom you know from previous books is already dead. That book just turned me off to the whole series. I found it so sad. And don’t get me started on Nicholas Sparks. Too many dead people and sad endings. A couple that wrecked me were Message in a Bottle and The Best of Me. Holy crap!
Ugh! I know what you mean! I do love a good ugly cry but the book has to always end in an HEA. This is why I won’t read Me Before You.
Sharlene Wegner says
Don’t ever read that book! Horrible! They actually softened the ending a little in the movie, but still gut wrenching. Did you ever see the movie City of Angels? That had a twist ending and also was very upsetting. Never, ever again!
YES I ABSOLUTELY HATE CITY OF ANGELS! I MEAN WTF! NEVERRRRR!! I actually didn’t cry in Me Before You. If I Stay is another movie that was heartwrenching with a horrible ending!
Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More says
I also didn’t finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I j ust have the last book to read. The series is good (and weird) but the books are long lol. I thought the audiobooks were great, so maybe one day I’ll listen to the last book. I also have some books on my list that were movie adaptations that doesn’t make me feel like reading the books again.
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I know! There are just horrible movie adaptations! Ugh!
Lauren @ Always Me says
The Winter King doesn’t *look* like my kind of book, but I’ve heard a lot of great things that make it sound like it is. 🙂
Lauren @ Always Me
If you’re not a fan of fantasy romance, romance being the keyword, this book may not be something that you like.
Same for me with DoSaB. It was so outside of what I usually read and I loved it but once was good lol I still have the third book to read but I heard it’s even weirder so I’ve been avoiding it.
Karen @ For What It’s Worth
Based on everyone’s response, now I’m curious about DoSaB!! I may try this series again soon!
Daniela Ark says
haha I agree Daughter of Smoke and Bone is super weird! I loved the writing but I didn’t continue with the series.
I loved the The 5th Wave audiobook as well. It was at-the-edge-of-my-seat experience for me too but I can barely keep up with all the books I want to read so I never reread 🙂 Great list!
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Yes! I totally understand why you don’t re-read! I am a sucker for re-reading, though. I think it goes back to when I was a teen and I had no choice but to re-read! LOL
Oh you have some interesting picks!! I haven’t read any of these (I tried to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I just could NOT get into it!)
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It is a weird book. The best part of it is the friendship between Karou and Zuzanna!