This Week’s Theme:
Books I Enjoyed But Will Never Re-Read
My actual answer is “everything”.
The only time I have ever re-read is when I was returning to a book that I had to put on pause (for whatever reason) and decided to start over again from the beginning. That was maybe…twice? What’s more interesting is that I’ll always revisit film adaptations and re-watch certain scenes.
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Honestly though, I’ve watched bits and pieces of Hunger Games (or just mainly Catching Fire because 10/10 that is the best film of the four) too many times to count. And it’s just a more viscerally gripping experiencing than the books.
Grisha Trilogy (Leigh Bardugo)
…because I’m petty as hell that my ship is not end game. BYE.
Eliza and Her Monsters (Francesca Zappia)
This is one of those picks that I’m grateful for having read — because the online culture and experience this book shines a spotlight on hit home for younger-me (and maybe even a bit of now-me). And though it has staying power, it doesn’t compel me to pick it up anymore.
Zeroes (Scott Westerfeld et al.)
I liked the first book. Full stop. Then when the cover of the second book came out and I chirped how awful it was (some friends and I agreed it looked like Microsoft WordArt of a colour palette), one of the three authors dropped some shade for commenting on its terrible design. SO FAREWELL TO THIS SERIES.
American Panda (Gloria Chao)
Like Eliza, I’m glad there’s shelf space for this book…but I also lead the life of going for weekly/monthly dim sum with family, being a familial disappointment, et cetera., so…
The Serpent King (Jeff Zentner)
I love Jeff, and I love his characters in TSK, but I’m just not sure if I could see myself picking up a slow-going story that punches me in the face repeatedly (which isn’t to speak to it being boring but rather it’s deliberately more “quiet”). I’d watch the adaptation though.
Tell Me Three Things (Julie Buxbaum)
Rom-Com aside, the thing about mystery driven plots is that once you “know”, it’s less fun. And that’s my problem with this story after-the-fact.
Calamity (Brandon Sanderson)
How did the ending of this series come to be? I was vibing so hard with the urban fantasy and magical post-apocalyptic America…regular folk with X-Men-y powers…then the fucking non-ending in Calamity was one of the biggest ??????????? I still don’t quite get it.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin)
Another pick that I’m pleased to have experienced (because Fikry is basically a doppelganger of me 30 years today) but despite it being a book about books with candid nods to certain literature, the overall mood of the story is something I’m satisfied with only experiencing once.
But really I still wouldn’t reread anything so….