I Will Never Reread These Books

Posted February 27, 2018 by Sophia

Confession Time: I don’t reread books. I did it once because I read it for fun and then school required it.

Bad news: I’m a forgetful person. (There were quizzes, okay? I wanted good scores. I was very ambitious. And I say was because I’m probably not as ambitious anymore.)

Good news: I enjoyed it, so I didn’t mind.

If there are books bookworms would choose to reread forever, then there are books that we would never read. Ever. There are some books that have scarred me to the point where I would never read them regardless of how much someone tries to convince me. Even if my life depended on it. Well, that might not be the case if it does come down to it.

Today’s post features the books I will never reread even if I did reread again.

Behold the books that never made it in the first place, and will never make it.

Light Spark: Love’s Divide by Gabriel Requadt

Gabriel Requadt’s debut novel was a book club read back in high school, but I just never got into it. In fact, looking at my review (because I am forgetful), I wouldn’t read it again. The writing is too casual for fantasy, the villain is absolutely cheesy, the names were bound to be confusing. I mean, come on. Larz and Darz? I would never tell the two apart if I continued. 🤷

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomberbhoy

The cover is super pretty, and there are bits of writing in the book that shows Oomberbhoy has talent. But the main character constantly has someone coming in to save her and does almost nothing at all. Also, how is the love interest constantly there at the right time? You’ve got to be a stalker to do that. I can’t think of another way to explain it.

The entire novel fell short, but the concept was there. I just feel it was bare bones and could have been done better.😢

Deceived by L.A. Starkey

I remember reading a book that had a love square or love pentagon… Deceived might have been the one? Anyways, if love triangles aren’t mastered, then love squares and beyond definitely won’t be mastered. And there were a lot of POVs going on at a time, in one chapter. I don’t get confused that easily, but gee, I got confused quickly with Deceived.seeker-arwen-elys-dayton

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

I remember Seeker having so much hype months before the release and was super excited when I got approved to read the ARC. It’s set in Scotland and Hong Kong, which continues to be a rarity in books, and it all seemed really promising. There’s too much description – we’re spending long periods of time describing one thing, which I associate with classics (and why I don’t get along with them. Ever. 🤷).

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Lupe and I will both agree that Incarnate bored us and it was a snoozefest. Nothing happened, if my review can refresh my memory, so I dropped it. I think Incarnate hails as the top book I dropped quickly… if it’s not The Fifth Wave. 🤔

Out of the Cave by Cotton E. Davis

My review said Out of the Cave felt like a textbook and let’s be honest: I don’t have time for textbooks. Heck, I don’t think I even read textbooks thoroughly in college. Also, there was something about mentioning the weight of a character? The book is about sports? Why do I need to know this information..?

And I Darken by Kiersten White

It turns out I’m not the only one who disliked this book, so I’m a relieved odd sheep among other sheeps who feel the same way. The main character (I don’t even remember her name) just didn’t sit well with me. She’s brutal, which is lovely and fun to read about, but she complains so freaking much.

I’m still disappointed I didn’t like this book.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I don’t know if Lupe would have this on her list, but I wouldn’t read The Catcher in the Rye ever again. IT HAS NO PLOT. There’s just a dude named Holden Caulfield and he annoyed me throughout the book.

Let’s Chat: Do you reread books? Have you read any of them and would you read them again?

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Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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25 responses to “I Will Never Reread These Books

  1. I don’t re-read much anymore, it just seems like there’s no time with all the new books coming out! I remember thinking the Last of the Firedrakes looked good when it came out (maybe it’s that lovely cover), but after seeing your description, I think i’ll pass. Good to know! I think the MC more or less waiting to be rescued wouldn’t really work for me either…

  2. I just checked out And I Darken from the library yesterday. A friend swears I’ll love it – we have similar tastes. I had wanted to read Seeker but I’ve seen so many bad reviews I’m really glad I never tried. Thanks for sharing your list!

  3. I actually don’t reread books. The exception usually is if it’s being turned into a movie and then I have to because my husband always has questions. And telling him to watch and find out never works.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  4. I really liked your take on this week’s topic – it’s always nice to find ones when people change things up a little. I definitely agree with The Catcher in the Rye. It’s one book that I absolutely can’t stand.

  5. Vee

    I don’t usually get time to reread books but I will reread books from my childhood, like the Narnia series, and Harry Potter series!

  6. Haha same on Catcher it was just a angsty teen whining about his life I do that enough on my own I don’t need to read about someone else as pathetic as me xD I’m probably not going to read And I Darken because I don’t like White’s other books, and this made me even sure in that decision!

  7. I don’t re-read as much now that I’m blogging and always on the lookout for the newest releases. And I Darken is still on my TBR but I keep setting it aside. I guess I’ll get to it some day but I’m not nearly as excited for it now as I was when it first came out.

    • Oof. That sounds very painful for the poor book! That’s one reason why I don’t reread – if you’re disappointed the first time, the chances of the same disappointment will probably happen again. 🙁

  8. Sophia! You guys also have a new blog theme. Very nice!

    I do reread books- part of the bad memory thing and wanting to do right by the series that I love. Plus there’s just something comforting about knowing you love a book already. 🙂

    I didn’t enjoy And I Darken EITHER! But I wanted to read it again because I keep feeling like I really should have loved it. But then I read this and think – actually, better to let this one lie… 🙂

    Great post!