I stopped participating in Top Ten Tuesday a while ago (it was fun, I just found it didn’t work with my blog schedule), but last week’s topic was too good not to do. I loved reading everyone’s posts, so I thought I’d do my own. In scrolling through my five-star reads on Goodreads, I discovered that I would like to (eventually) reread the vast majority of them. But I managed to pick five that I don’t think I’ll ever revisit.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I absolutely loved this book, but it made me sad for months after I finished reading it. It still makes me sad when I think about it. And I think about it more than most other books. I’m not sure I could handle rereading it, though I am tempted.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Reliving the 2016 election was difficult enough the first time, I’m not sure I’d want to go through it all over again. And, despite the fact that I loved this book, I don’t think it’s the kind of book you need to read more than once. It’s very topical and relevant right now, and I honestly don’t think it would be quite as impactful years down the line.
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. I loved this biography of Queen Victoria, but I’m not sure I’d ever revisit it. I’ve read a few other biographies of Victoria already, and it did take me a while to get through the first time. In general, I don’t think rereading biographies doesn’t sound that appealing.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This was such a difficult – but worthwhile – read. I loved it, but I’m not sure I could put myself through that again.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I actually tried to reread this one so I could finally start reading the rest of the series, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen. They are long and have a lot of characters, and I already know what happens, so they’ve kind of lost their appeal. I want to read them, it just seems like something that is not going to actually happen.