Top Ten Tuesday:Books I loved but will never re-read

Books I loved but will never re-read

This list was tricky to put together because we both like to re-read, especially if we really loved the book. But thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for the Top Ten Tuesday!

Indiana’s Five:

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace: This book was fun to read, but man, the length (mostly the footnotes) was intimidating.
  • 2666 by Roberto Bolano: This one felt like walking through a desert that sometimes floods. Translation: It was both an easy and wicked complicated work. One that I’m not sure I’ll dive into again.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman: It was definitely a great ride of a book, however, Neverwhere remains a bit above this one for me.
  • Cosmopolis by Don Delillo: This short novel was really unique, but I don’t think I’ll ever want to revisit it.
  • A Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami: As much as I loved this one, I was so disappointed by some of the others that I’ve read by Murakami that I don’t think I can go back to this one.

Pete’s Five:

  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers: While I absolutely enjoyed the wild ride of this story, most of the fun was the surprising plot and unexpected turns.
  • My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard: I love these books (though the most recent entries have been a bit dry and sad), but I can’t imagine sitting down to read a 3,600 page memoir again. Though the books look nice on my shelf.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: This was a fun and extremely unconventional novel from one of my favorite authors that I don’t feel the need to reexamine.
  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews: I loved how this book transported me to the backseat of a falling-apart-sedan full of band equipment rambling across the south. It was a fun trip that I don’t think I’ll go on again.
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: I love Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, and I am proud of it. But I tried rereading Angels and Demons a couple of years ago, and when you know the mystery, the magic and thrill is gone. I imagine the other Langdon books would be no different.

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