This week’s Top Ten Tuesday has the prompt books I loved but will never re-read. This is quite an interesting prompt because it’s hard to know what books I would never re-read but here are a few books I loved that I haven’t read since I did so the first time. They fit into a few different types of books that I’ve grouped together. And as it’s me I’ve only got 9 books on the list, I can never seem to get the ten.
Books that made me cry
Before I die – Jenny Downham. This is a beautiful book about a teenage girl who is dying of cancer, and has a bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies. Clearly it’s a really sad book, but as the quote on the cover says it did genuinely make me grateful to be alive.
Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin. This book is about a teenage girl who dies when she’s hit by a car. She wakes up in “Elsewhere” which felt a little bit like heaven, and there is an observation deck where you can watch people who are still living which is gorgeous if a bit tragic. My favourite thing about the book is that everyone in Elsewhere ages backwards until they reach the age of zero when they are then reborn.
Vicky Angel – Jacqueline Wilson. I think this is the first book I ever read that dealt with grief. I read it when I was about 9, and I think Jacqueline Wilson has great books for children that deal with important issues. Vicky Angel deals with a girl whose best friend dies and it shows the feelings children go through in a way they will understand.
Books I read as a child or teenager
Goosebumps – I really enjoyed the Goosebumps series when I was a kid. I was just slightly too young for the target audience when they were really popular, but I would often get them in charity shops. The TV series obviously always scared me too haha. If you liked Goosebumps, I really recommend the Goosebuds podcast too.
Lord of the Flies – William Golding. We had to read this book at school and I don’t think it was til I thought about it as an adult that I realised I actually quite liked this book. I’m not sure I’ll get round to reading it again, but it’s one of few older books I really enjoyed reading.
Man’s World – Rupert Smith. I listened to this book on audiobook a few months ago, and I did really enjoy it but I’m not sure I feel the need to re-read it.
Rainbow Boys – Alex Sanchez. Alex Sanchez was the first LGBT author I read, and I loved him. Looking back it wasn’t really great writing but in my teens I collected and read all of his books. Rainbow Boys was definitely my favourite of his books.
Marley and Me – John Grogan. This was such a cute book, and I love dogs so I couldn’t not love this book but for me I usually only read non-fiction books once and then I feel like it’s finished.
My Sister Milly – Gemma Dowler. I’ve mentioned this book a lot over the last few weeks but I can’t recommend it enough. However, as with Marley and Me, I feel like I’ve read it now and I don’t really need to re-read it.