Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
April 3: Books I loved but haven’t re-read
OK so, *buzzfeed voice* some of the answers here may surprise you, but there’s an explanation, I promise.
*Throws hands up in defence* Before you jump in like ‘KATE WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’VE NOT RE-READ ADSOM, IT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SERIES’, hear me out.
A couple of these books, including the ADSOM trilogy, I only read in the last year or two, so I haven’t had time for a re-read yet and they’re still fresh in my mind. But with most, there’s a simple explanation for why I haven’t picked them up again.
I’m scared. I’m scared that I’ll start reading them and won’t feel the same magic and thrill that I felt the first time. I’m scared that the writing won’t seem as good, or the plot as entrancing. I’m scared that I’ll not fall in love with the characters and the world all over again. Basically, I’m scared they’ll no longer be my favourites if I re-read them.
I know this is a little irrational and I should trust that if I adored them the first time, it’s highly likely I’ll adore them the second time too. But reading tastes change as we grow and expand our knowledge, so every possibility I might not like some of these as much several years on. Which is why I’ve avoided re-reading a few of them – Harry Potter, The Book Thief, and Graceling, I’m looking at you – for 5+ years because I don’t want to lose their magic and spark.
But I’m always on board with conquering fears, and I like a challenge. So, although my TBR is sky-high with new releases, perhaps it’s time to revisit some of these old favourites.
Are there any books you love but are too scared to re-read? Have you ever re-read a book and not liked it as much second time round? Or did the opposite happen and you liked it even more?