Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reason I Will Not Reread a Book I Loved

To be honest with you guys. 95% of the books I really really really like, I will never read again. There are so many books in the world and I will never, not even in my wildest dreams be able to read all the books I want to read. So, why would I reread stories I already know? The only books I will ever reread are books that made me incredibly happy or just gave me an amazing feeling. But those are very rare. I won’t even reread a book if it’s the first book in a series andI don’t remember anything about it and the next book is coming out. I just pray I remember enough of the story to be able to follow the story in the next books.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week’s theme is Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read. But because there are at least 50 books that could fit this theme, I’m going to make it a bit harder for myself and devide those books into 10 different reason. So This week I’m listing 10 Reason why I Will Not Reread a Book I Loved

1. Mysteries

Let’s be honest, the only good reason to read a mystery, IS the mystery! Books in this genre often are quite dark and depressing, so I won’t be reading them because they give me a happy feeling. I don’t often read mysteries, but when I do I expect to be blown of my socks by the last 10 to 20 pages. Otherwise the book just wasted my time. So, the reason why I never reread mysteries, even if I really really really liked them, is because it won’t  be able to blow me of my socks if I already know how it will end!

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

2. One of the books in the series just wasn’t that good

I can’t just reread one book in a series I loved and keep it at that. When I start I want to do it right and TACKLE THEM ALL. I’m doing a reread of the Inheritance series right now (because I want to have children with those books) and I wont just reread the parts I love the most I’m going to savor every last word. If I love the first two books in a series, but the last one just wasn’t that good, I probably also won’t be rereading the other once. What’s the point in having to stop in the middle of the story, even if you already know how it will end? Or, even worse! Having to skip a book because you didn’t like the book in the middle of the story! No, I’m just not able to betray the rest of the story in that way!

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
The Shades of Magic Trilogy – V.E. Schwab
The Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas

3. I know the story now and it probably wont be as good the second time around

Different from the mystery books, where the last 20 pages are the most important, there are also books that have amazing stories throughout the entire book. But, the second time around that book just isn’t that good anymore. I really loved loved loved loved that book the first time around, but I’m quite sure that the second time around will be completely different, in a negative kind of way.

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
Eliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

4. they were good when I was a child.

We all grow up once and when we do our taste in books grows with us. Sometimes its so much fun to reread the books we loved as children, but sometimes it just isn’t good anymore when you reread it as an adult. It’s better to just leave those books alone and enjoy the good memories.

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
The Witches – Roald Dahl

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

5. I can’t remember why I liked it

Maybe it seems like a good reason to reread a book when you know you liked the book but you can’t remember anything about it. But for me it’s the other way around. If I can’t remember anything form a book I’m even more hesitant to reread them because it means the story wasn’t able to completely surprise me.

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

6. Memoirs

I love reading memoirs once in a while, but the genre doesn’t really lend itself to be reread (at least, for me it doesn’t). Reading a memoir is an entirely different way of reading than reading fiction. A lot of the books is often background information and flashbacks to earlier in the life of the person about whom the memoir is. That can often be very interesting, but it isn’t very interesting when you have to read it for the second time. So, memoirs automatically go on my pile with books I probably will never read again.

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
A Street Cat Named bob – James Bowen

Educated – Tara Westover

7. The rare good Classic

I’m not the biggest fan of the classics. I rarely find a book that is good and is considered a classic at the same time. But, sometimes there are books that I like in that genre. I’m almost never tempted to reread any of them, especially if they are older than a certain age. I’ll just remember them fondly and never look at them again.

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
Animal Farm – George Orwell



8. Something was missing

Although I really liked some books the moment I finished them, but after I got some time to think about it I just didn’t love them as much anymore. Those books aren’t in any way bad books, because I had a great time reading them. I just changed my mind about them rather quickly.


Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. rowling

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

9. They are too long

I don’t mind long books, I even often love them more than short books. the longer the better is often true for me when it comes to books. But, it’s a completely different thing when I’m rereading. When I reread, I want to go back to a story I loved and have great memories of. That doesn’t mean that it has to take me weeks to plow through a book I already read and that isn’t going to tell me something new. I have often decided that I wanted to reread a certain book, but changed my mind the moment I remembered how long it took me to get trough that beast of a novel. This is also something that holds me back when I want to give a dnfed book another chance. When I don’t remember what I already read good enough to just keep reading, I often just restart a book and read a bit faster. But, if I had already covered 300 pages before giving up in the middle of the book, it often just isn’t worth it.

Books I loved but will never reread because of this reason:
Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) – Diana Gabaldon

10. I want to keep the good memory.

Sometimes I have amazing memories about books, but I’m too scared I will ruin that memory when I reread them. Maybe the book isn’t as good as I remember it? Maybe I’m too old now to like them? the chance that I ruin a perfect memory is just too big for me to take any chances. So, I just ignore the problem by not reading them. I know that I would still be in love with many of the books that fit this category, but I’m also quite convinced that there are books in this list that are better in my memory than in real life.

The Neverending Story – Michael Ende

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini


That was it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed it.

question time: Are there reason why you don’t reread a book you loved? Let me know!


  • I feel the same way about mysteries, not really interested in re- reading those, although I might make an exception for Big Little Lies someday! That one just cracked me up with all the snarky parents! And I liked the BA Paris book I read, I should read more of hers.

    Same thing with books I loved as a kid. Sometimes it’s best to leave the memories alone!

    • ThePrintedGirl

      Big Little Lies was such an amazing book! But I feel like there would be so many things I already know and I just wouldn’t enjoy it as much as the first time ?
      B.A. Paris recently released her third book. I haven’t read it yet but I’m really excited! ?

  • I like the spin you took on this one! I almost never re-read books, but the most common reason I would is because the series came out with a new book and I forgot what happened so I re-read the first books before reading the new one.

    • ThePrintedGirl

      Yes! That’s of course one of my all time reasons. There are just too many books to reread a story I already know!

  • I definitely agree about mysteries. I mean, what’s the point?
    I never thought about the Throne of Glass series. They’re great book, but not worth the reread.
    Great list 🙂

  • Haha they are too long is a very good reason. 😉

  • hannahsnovelnonsense

    Some of these are the exact reasons why I will probably never reread the Hunger Games or Vampire Academy. Don’t want to ruin a story I loved as a teenager

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