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.
How it works:
Each Tuesday has an assigned topic and then post a top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic is:
Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read
This one has taken a lot of thinking and I’ve had to go back a bit but I have found some I can post about. Go me.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end nought could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend
I’ve chosen this as my first one because after reading this and watching both films in order to get a half decent grade on my English literature GCSE I’ve had my fill of it. Many years later I can still recite the prologue. My teacher said this would happen and that I wouldn’t forget it and I said I will I’d forget my head if it was screwed on. Guess he proved me wrong 😒. I think after reading it for a full year on and off when I was 14/15 is more than enough Romeo and Juliet for a lifetime.
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne,
Ok as a Harry Potter fan (21 years this year and counting) I was looking forward to reading this to see what happened and how Harry handles what life has thrown his way this time.
Now I thought it was ok, it wasnt overly terrible but was nowhere near as good as I anticipated. Then again I was trying to compare it to 7 predecessors rather than choosing to look at it as it’s own entity.
When choosing to look at it without thinking about the other Harry Potter books it makes more sense as there aren’t any discrepancies between the laws of time and space this way which is one of the things that really annoyed me in the first place.
It’s not something I’d read again because there wasn’t really twist and by reading it once I know exactly what had happened and because it was discussed that much I highly doubt I missed anything that a second read or more would pick up.
3. The Last Empress by Anchee Min
I really liked this book. It was one where I preferred its sequel so I have read that a couple of times and the pages started to come away from the spine but this one didn’t seem to have the same sort of magic as the original. It’s not to say that this one wasn’t good but one read was enough for me.
I think it was because of her son which is probably an awful thing to say but I didn’t like him. there was something about him that was really off-putting as a character. I loved Orchids story as it was almost Cinderella-ish. Pauper makes her way to the emperor’s palace, ends up as a concubine (not part of Cinderella I know) but then falls in love with the prince and gives him the child that he and the palace advisors are desperate for especially since his number one wife is unable to do so. Also, there wasn’t a scene in this book that I enjoyed unlike the one in the original where she loses her shoe after getting hot and heated when travelling.
It made it’s way to a charity shop after I finished it as they had the first book given to them and thought that I wouldn’t get any use out of it anymore and as a particular supermarket here in Britain says every little helps.
4. The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I really wish I hadn’t have watched the film first. It’s probably the only time I have ever done this but I wasn’t expecting to be invited to the cinema to watch it. Now I can’t read it without seeing Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana and I’m not sure they were quite the right fit for this but that’s my opinion. I really wasn’t sure about this book at first as fancy meeting your wife when she’s a child and your a grown man and then keep popping up near to where she was situated. Is it fate that he was always near to where she would be? or was this to show the connection that they had throughout time and space? once I got over the initial creepiness of the story I got into it and it was very well written but not one I would pick up again.
5. Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts
From what I remember as it’s been a while since I read this book as I really enjoyed this and it was one that I couldn’t put it down. I was captivated by the way the scene was set and felt like I was actually there. The sites and sounds and smells of the Bayou made me want a trip there to see exactly what it was like (The Princess and The Frog didn’t stop me wanting this either. I really fancy trying a beignet).
So, the reason why I wouldn’t read this particular story again. I know the twist and I know what I’m expecting so the fun just isn’t there anymore with some stories once you know the plot twist and the ending. However, unlike some of Nora Roberts stories, this didn’t seem to have any resemblance to any of her previous works, unlike the ones she sets in Ireland.
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I’m going way back into the archives for this one as it’s another one I had to read for my English Literature GCSE and I really enjoyed it especially when my classmates starting doing impressions of Lenny “Tell us about the rabbits George.” Other than the rape, the racism and the murders this book kept me hooked and I was drawn into their world. It must have been hard for George to be able to live his life with having to look after Lenny constantly making sure he wasn’t getting up to trouble even though he had no idea what he was capable of. I mean he had this dream of having his own little piece of heaven with his best buddy after living a hand to mouth existence for so long.
I know that in reality that Lenny had no idea what he was doing nor knew his strength. The world that they lived in would have tried to hold Lenny back as much as possible and if it wasn’t for being with George for so long would his ill-fated end have come much sooner.
The reason why I wouldn’t read this again was because of school. After studying the ins and outs of this book in order to pass my exams.
7. This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell
Although I liked this book and found the characters engaging I honestly don’t think I will read this again. I am actually wondering whether to keep the book or not (I know it pains me to say this).
The book was lighthearted however, it doesn’t really fit in with what I am feeling at the moment. I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian and to go from that to this probably wasn’t the greatest idea I’ve had. From death and destruction to happy-go-lucky with a few shockers.
That could be the reason why I thought this book was ok. As I’ve said before I didn’t dislike the book but Jill Mansell has definitely written better books in my opinion.
I would still recommend Jill Mansell to anyone wanting a happy go lucky type story. I’d probably recommend one of her other books before I consider this one.
8. The Gatekeeper’s Sons (Gatekeeper’s Saga #1) by Eva Pohler
I super enjoyed this book. I love Greek Mythology with the Greek gods. I truly find them fascinating. If my religious studies teacher asked me to research and write an essay on Gods, there was one group of gods I would choose.
So Laura if you enjoyed this book so much why is it on this list?
Well as you can see this is a series of books and this one a brilliant start to them but to me, the author couldn’t keep up the momentum. It was like she was just writing this characters because she couldn’t let them go and needed to do something with them.
Although it’s based on mythology some of the things that came up became so farfetched that I had to stop reading them. I don’t think I even finished the series. although checking Goodreads says that I have read books 1,2,3,4, & 6 but not 5 or 0.5. must not like anything with a 5 in it.
If I were to read this again I’d have to treat it as a standalone book rather than a series. I couldn’t put myself through that again.
9. Married for Christmas (Willow Park #1) by Noelle Adams
This was another one of those feel-good books. Pastor wants to move away but needs to be married to look the part and his best friend is in love with him and proposes this plan to help them both although I don’t remember how else it could have worked in her favour.
It was a nice book and with it coming up to Christmas when I read this book definitely got me in a christmassy mood.
She set the scene well and once again the way that she described things I could have pictured myself there.
So why won’t I read it again? I’m not in the romance type mood of late every romance novel I’ve picked up I’ve felt underwhelmed. This is no fault of the authors I just haven’t felt that spark or the right kind of connection with the characters. and if I’m being honest I don’t even know if I’ll get it back any time soon.
10 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I’ve only just finished reading this book and at this moment in time, I really don’t think I’ll read it again.
It was refreshing to read a book where the characters were from completely different ethnic backgrounds and formed an interracial relationship. It was also nice to find that the MC’s were not white like they are in a lot of romance novels but I think this might be subconscious sometimes as our greatest romance novels had this. Take Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice as examples.
The book was nice and easy to follow. It was nice to see that the POV’s were clearly outlined although some characters could have been missed and it would have still made sense.
I’m still a sceptic. I still don’t believe in love at first sight and unless I experience it for myself I don’t think I will. I am an INTP after all I need logic, I need things to make sense and love, at first sight, seems a bit far-fetched especially the ask each other questions and stare into each other’s eyes. If Daniel had proposed this to me I’d have laughed in his face. I’m a bit mean like that.
So there we have it. I can’t believe I actually made it to 10 I’ve surprised myself. However some of these I have liked rather than loved so I feel like I’ve cheated a bit there. If I truly loved them then they definitely wouldn’t have made this list.
Are any of these on your list? Do you even have a list? is there any you don’t agree with? let me know in the comments