Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Scared to Re-read

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.

Books I’m Scared to Re-read

I read The Thorn Birds for the first time after the movie staring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward came out. I've read it several times since, usually skipping much of the narrative and getting right into the dialogue. I'm not sure I would be as enamored with it if I read it now.

It took me a while to actually read the Left Behind series. I rarely read anything popular when it first comes out. I finally gave it a chance after the third book had come out and I was hooked right away; blew through the entire series as each new book released. As one would expect in a book about the end times, there is a lot of death. I'm not sure I want to read that these days.

I began reading this series in high school and went right from one book to the next until I was done. I'm sure my mother never would have allowed it if she were alive. Some sexy scenes in these books. My fear in re-reading a series that came out so long ago is that the writing won't capture me the way it did when I first read it and that might be disappointing. I've never read anything else from this author either. 

This was probably one of the creepiest series I read when I was a teenager. Not sure I could handle the content now. It is so disturbing to me as a wife and mother. 

While I found the pace of this book to be very slow, I recall how eloquently written and intriguing it was. The mystical aspects of the book didn't do much for me, but it's woven deeply into the plot. This is a book I really enjoyed then, but would never feel the need to read again. It's pretty dark. 

Jerome Charyn's I Am Abraham is a riveting, intimate, and compassionate portrayal of Lincoln. I'm a huge fan of Charyn's work, but not sure I would ever dive into this one again. Some of the subject matter might turn me off.

This was an excellent book. Not my typical read and not your typical vampire story, which is what drew me to it in the first place. Loved it. Don't know how I would feel if I read it again.

This was a fascinating book, but I don't know if I could tolerate the content anymore.

Here's another great book that I loved when I read it, but I fear I don't want to read about cyber bullying these days. I've watched my kids go through too many things. I don't want to read about them too. 

This is the book that changed my mind about dystopian fiction. Avoided the genre before this book. I'm really scared if I re-read The Hunger Games I won't like it as much as I did the first time.

That's it from me. What are some books you're scared to re-read?


Greg said...

Wow, The Thorn Birds and The Bastard- those covers bring back memories. I think we had both of those books in the house! And The Hunger games I just read recently, and was pleasantly surprised!

Anonymous said...

Flowers in the Attic! Wow, yes that is an intense book. I hadn't thought of that one for a while. Great list!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting Greg and Chrissi. Greg, those covers made me think of moments in time I had long forgotten. How about a young Don Johnson staring in one of the Kent Chronicles movies? Chrissi, I can't even imagine liking that series now, yet I read all the books with such great interest back then.

Poinsettia said...

I don't re-read books very often mostly because I don't have enough time. However, sometimes I avoid re-reading a book because of the content or because I'm afraid I won't like it as much as I did the first time. However, I will say that sometimes I've gone ahead and re-read a favorite and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it just as much, or found even more reasons to love it. The same book can mean different things to me at different times in my life. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday

IloveHeartlandX said...

The reason I want to reread The Hunger Games is actually the same reason you don't, it's been a long time since I first read it and I want to see if I love it as much as I remembered.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/top-ten-tuesday-154/

Gabby said...

Oooooo The Flowers in the Attic is a good one...I read all of them as a teenager but I don't think I could deal with them now!

AJ Sterkel said...

I remember the Left Behind books. One of my friends was obsessed with them, but I could never get into them.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Anonymous said...

I would like to reread the hunger games again, but I don't know if I can handle feeling dead inside by the end of the series again.

Lia @ Bookish Quest said...

The Kensei sounds very intriguing, I'll have to look into that one so thank you for the recommendation! :)
I've also been meaning to read Flowers in the Attic for years now! It's starting to get kind of embarrassing now that I keep putting it off...

x, Lia @ Bookish Quest