Never say Never


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books below which makes it a surprise that I’m saying I wouldn’t reread them at some point – although In fairness I never really say never (see what I did there).  But, the books below all have something in common, either a twisted ending or a reveal of some kind – now that I know about the ending the tension would be less during the read.  I still might enjoy these, especially if I give myself enough time to forget the conclusion.  As it is though, these are all still fairly fresh.  That being said, I highly recommend these books:

  1. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
  4. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
  5. The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
  6. The Hike by Drew Magary
  7. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
  8. The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue
  9. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
  10. The Sleep Walker by Chris Bohjalian

22 Responses to “Never say Never”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I have a copy of Kill Creek and loved The Family Plot (I tend to like all of Priest’s works). I think Tammy has convinced me to read Spoonbenders soon and after seeing it here, I think I’ll request it from my library as I have a few to pick up there anyway. Wish I didn’t have to work – I could get a lot more books read!

    • Tammy

      Me too, I wish I could quit my job and just stay home with the dogs all day and read😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes. Time is precious. You should definitely read Spoonbenders though – it’s absolutely brilliant. I loved it. My husband reads two books a year (if that), he’s more a non-fiction type of reader. But, I convinced him to give it a shot and he really enjoyed it – even asked ‘have you got any more books that are like that’. Rich praise indeed.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    I love your reason behind not rereading these, it makes perfect sense! I just don’t reread period, so I didn’t participate this week. But wow, a great list of books here!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I used to reread – years ago, but then these days I have so many books that I want to read that rereads seem like a thing of the past.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    I don’t reread, either. But I fully understand – there are books that I WOULD reread, if I did – if that makes sense – and The Martian wouldn’t be one of those books.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, that does make sense. I wish I had more time for rereads. Perhaps one day.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Wendleberry

    Oh, i haven’t read any of these, but the fact they all have some kind of twist or reveal makes them instantly appealing to me! And some of those covers are awesome–especially The Hike!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Hike was one of those ‘unexpectedly good’ reads. I requested it on a whim and then couldn’t understand why – then I read it and it was excellent. So unusual.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa

    I can definitely see how rereading a book with a huge plot twist wouldn’t be too appealing… although sometimes it’s fun to go back and see all the clues that I missed the first time around!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve often thought that very thing and wondered if I went back and reread if the clues would be there.
      Lynn 😀

  6. ChrissiReads

    I liked 13 minutes but I don’t think I’d reread it either.

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    I don’t usually re-read books and I love most books I read so I don’t think I could limit it to 10 haha, but usually with movies I am the same way, if a big part of the movie was a twist its just not as much fun the second time around.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Like Sixth Sense? Once you know the ending it kind of sucks all the tension out of the film.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I can totally see not wanting to pick up a book because you know the twist. There are some books that I do think warrant a reread when the author pulls the whole of the earth right from under you.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, and like one of the other comments says – I sometimes think it would be interesting to reread to see if there is a trail of clues along the way.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Jennifer | Book Den

    OK, that’s a good point about not rereading something where you already know the answer so to speak. I probably would still reread them, though. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, sometimes I look at the books I’ve loved and think ‘why not’ then I see my tbr and go into a trauma.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yes, for some books, even when they are brilliant, once is enough. The Naturalist and 13 Minutes are both amazing books, but you bring up a good point about the twist ending. It definitely won’t be as suspenseful the second time around when you already know what will happen, plus I think both those books will stay with me for a long long time…no need to reread for a while 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s a bit like Sixth Sense. I enjoyed the film anyway but then I totally didn’t see that end coming – at all. Now, I have watched it again but it felt like all the tension and fear had been removed. I knew the ending and so the impact was just a helluva lot less.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I skipped this topic because I found it too hard to say I would NEVER re-read a book I had loved!

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