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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read | First Time's the Charm

It does happen, sometimes you read a book that you enjoy but will never read again, either because it was a 'one and done' kind of book, the topic was too sensitive, or because you think a re-read might ruin your experience. I do have a good amount of books where I finished reading it and was like well, did I think this was a good story, yes, but will I ever pick it up again, no?

This prompt was originally a Top Ten Tuesday topic which can be found on That Arty Reader Girl.


Now, in this case, I am talking about the horror or mystery thriller genre as a whole, as they are all generally 'one and done' books. A second read seems kind of pointless when you already know who did it and all the twists. The reason I chose to use I'm Thinking of Ending Things in this list though, was because this is an exception. Contrary to most horror/thriller books, this one demands a re-read. The only other horror novel I want to re-read would be House of Leaves, only because I read it a while ago and don't really remember much of it.

Same as horror/thriller books, nonfiction books don't really warrant another read as you get everything you need out of it from the first read. Again though, I do have some exceptions to this, such as I'll Be Gone in the Dark. It was such an experience listening to the audiobook, and it was done so well that I wouldn't mind listening to it again.

Most webcomics are easily re-readable, but this is the one case where the content is a bit too much to handle a second read. Don't get me wrong, visually and story-wise this is a great webtoon, but the graphic and sensitive content is pretty hard to stomach. Usually, I am not too bothered by this kind of content, but there is only so much I can take of human beings being the absolute worst.

I have read both Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and while I did think that both of them were interesting to read, they're not really something I would read again. I don't feel drawn to pick up many fictional books in the first place, and even when I enjoy them, I find no reason to pick them for a second time.

Finally, we have a series that most people seem to love, but I had a bit of a rocky experience reading it. I liked the idea of the book and enjoyed Murderbot's character, but I wasn't really drawn to the story on my initial read. For some reason though, I don't feel the motivation to pick this up a second time to see if it is better that time around, even though they are rather short books and won't take up much of my time.

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