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T10T: Books I Am Scared to Reread

April 10, 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was actually Books I Loved But Will Never Reread, but I thought I’d take it up a notch by listing ten books that I am actually afraid to reread, whether due to fear of problematic content, or just a worry that the writing won’t have stood the test of time and it will taint my precious memories.


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1. The Twilight Saga — Stephenie Meyer
This one is a funny addition to the list, because I actually am rereading this series this summer (I just placed an order for the first 2 in used hardbacks last week, in fact!). I adored this series as a kid, until it reached Breaking Dawn. I hated the ending so much, I gave my books to my aunt and never looked back, but now I’m nervous/eager to reread them. #noshame
Last read: 2008

2. Dreamland — Sarah Dessen
This was one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books as a teen, because it was the first YA book I ever read that depicted an abusive romantic relationship, and I thought it captured it really well at the time. Now, roughly a decade (and multiple abusive relationships, unfortunately) later, I’m curious as to whether or not I’d still find this well-done.
Last read: 2007-ish?

3. Prodigal Son — Dean Koontz
The first book in the Frankenstein series is one I’ve been meaning to reread for a long time, but after how much my tastes have changed and how weary I grew of Koontz’s writing over the years, would I still love this one as much now as I did then?
Last read: 2010

4. Cold, Thin Air — C. K. Walker
Fun fact! This was, I think(?), the very first book I ever reviewed, as well as the first book I ever featured on my bookstagram. (Those awful pictures are long gone, so don’t bother checking, haha!) I 5-starred this one so fast, but I wonder if it would hold up as well now. (To be fair, she’s the Queen of NoSleep for a reason, so it probably would.)
Last read: 2016

5. The Nature of Jade — Deb Caletti
I think this was the first anxiety rep I ever read, and it meant a lot to me back then, but I wonder how it would hold up now that I’ve read so many other great books with anxiety rep, too?
Last read: 2009

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6. North American Lake Monsters — Nathan Ballingrud
Probably the first horror anthology I ever truly, 100% loved? I remember reading this while I was in my first trimester of my pregnancy, and combined with the hormones, it had me a little bit rattled, but I’m a little harder to impress with horror stories than I was 3 years ago. Rereading it is actually on my “must read” list for the year!
Last read: 2015

7. The Association — Bentley Little
This was my first Bentley Little book, and it creeped me the hell out. Like, it’s hard for books to creep me out, but this one definitely did, so I kind of want to reread it to see if it still does?
Last read: 2012

8. The Truth About Forever — Sarah Dessen
This was my first Dessen book ever, and I loved it so much that I reread it several times in my teens, but I have no idea how it would hold up now! That said, I did reread my second book ever of hers, Just Listen, last year and still loved it.
Last read: 2009-ish?

9. Phantoms — Dean Koontz
This was my favorite Koontz book at the time that I read it, but as I said earlier, I’ve grown weary of his writing, so I have no idea if this would still be even remotely enjoyable for me to reread!
Last read: 2011

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower — Stephen Chbosky
This was probably my singular favorite standalone of my teens, but I haven’t picked it up in 10 years now because I’m so worried that it would fall short for me and basically ruin my entire teenage bookish memory?
Last read: 2008


Are there any books that you are afraid to reread? If so, why?


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  • Reply Kay Wisteria April 10, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Twilight made my list too, but for a different reason haha. Happy reading 🙂

  • Reply Jana 📚 (@ArtsyReaderGirl) April 10, 2018 at 12:28 am

    You chose to spin the topic just like I did, and Twilight made my list as well! I LOVED those books when I read them (I believe I was in my second/third year of college when Eclipse came out and I even went to the midnight release party at Borders. lol). Like you, though, I really did not like Breaking Dawn. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to read them again and have that same feeling. I don’t want to taint my previous reading experience!
    – Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:41 am

      That’s amazing! I love that we both had the same idea and that we both picked Twilight for our lists. 😀 Yesss, exactly – how could I ever love them as much now as I did back then?!

  • Reply Scrill April 10, 2018 at 12:33 am

    I quit the Twilight series in the last book too, but honestly have been thinking of rereading >_<

  • Reply ChrissiReads April 10, 2018 at 3:49 am

    I recently re-read Twilight and it was definitely a different reading experience for me. It’s really interesting to do that!

  • Reply Annemieke April 10, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I don’t know most of these but I got rid of my twilight books when I was pregnant. I first read New Moon which I really enjoyed but then the other books could never quite match it and as time passed, I just can’t imagine ever picking them up again. I don’t read much vampire stuff anymore anyway.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:47 am

      Understandable! I don’t read much vampire stuff anymore, either. New Moon was always my fave, though – I was majorly Team Jacob lol!

  • Reply Astilbe April 10, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Yeah, there are a few books I loved as a teen that I never want to reread for the same reason.
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  • Reply Barb (boxermommyreads) April 10, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I love Bentley Little’s books but have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve read any. He does do creepy very well. You should try The Mailman.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:48 am

      He really does! I can’t remember if I’ve read that one, but I don’t think I have. I’ll make sure to check it out some time – thanks!

  • Reply Tammy April 10, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I’m just not a rereader, and frankly, I’d hate to reread a beloved book only to have it disappoint me and ruin my memories😊

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:48 am

      That’s super understandable! My mom doesn’t reread books, either, and she always jokes with me that she can’t possibly understand why I do, lol!

  • Reply Laura Beth April 10, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I’m also afraid to re-read most of Sarah Dessen’s books. Her books were my escape route of choice throughout high school and into college. But, I don’t own any of her books, and I’m not sure that I would want to, either.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:48 am

      Oh yes, same for sure on the escapism through her books! <3 I loved her so much and I own all of her books, I believe.

  • Reply iloveheartlandx April 10, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I wouldn’t reread Perks either, but for me it’s because I actually didn’t love it? Epistolary format is never really a winner for me.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/top-ten-tuesday-154/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:51 am

      Ooh, that’s understandable! It’s a big fave of mine, but I can 100% see how it wouldn’t be for everyone!

      • Reply iloveheartlandx April 17, 2018 at 10:31 am

        I did love the movie though-it’s one of those books where the story is great, it just came across better for me on screen than in the book.

  • Reply Flavia April 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Ohhhh Twilight. I definitely loved it when I read it too, but wouldn’t re-read it now lol. Also lol I’m glad I’m not the only one who hated the ending! 😛

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Bahaha, I don’t blame you. OMG, no, it was HORRIBLE! I mean, first of all, I was super Team Jacob, so like… Stephenie Meyer did him DIRTY and that is my hill to die on, lol.

  • Reply Norrie April 10, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    hmmm… i don’t think so, to be honest…
    although i said the same thing about movies… when i was around 9-10, my fave mivie was Hercules with lou ferrigno…. then i rewatched it as an adult,, and omg… i mean i see ehy it appeals to a child, but still…

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Oh noooo 🙁 I’ve had a few movies that didn’t hold the test of time and it always makes me super sad.

  • Reply Jazmin Jade April 10, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I have no shame with Twilight as well. While The Host is something I read nearly yearly, I have reread the Twilight series a few times over the years.

  • Reply Ellyn April 10, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    I agree with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I did enjoy it when I read it but I will probably never re-read it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:53 am

      Right, same! Though I do still rewatch the movie every now and then – I love Ezra Miller in it <3

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me April 11, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    That was my first Dessen book too!
    Lauren @ Always Me

  • Reply Lin April 12, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    There are a lot of pretty good books coming out this year….. I may not get any re-reading done at all….. which is fine by me… I’m gonna devour all the shiny new books 😀
    Happy Reading!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 17, 2018 at 12:54 am

      Nothing wrong with that! 😀 You’re right, there are so many amazing new releases coming out this year!
      Thank you, happy reading to you too!

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