Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around


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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around.  This topic feels very timely to me because although I’m not a big re-reader, the past couple of years I have attempted to go back and re-read a few old favorites.  I have mostly abandoned this goal though because almost all of the books I chose to re-read ended up being DNFs the second time around, not because I didn’t still love the book but because since I already knew what was coming, they just didn’t really hit the same and I didn’t want to taint my initial experience with the book.  Today I’m sharing some of those as well as a few that I would never even consider re-reading because they were so perfect the first time around.


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Books I’m Worried I Might Not Love as Much the Second Time Around



1. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern

2. THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah



5. CINDER by Marissa Meyer

6. THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey

7. VERITY by Colleen Hoover

8. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte


10. THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown


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Have you read any of these?

14 replies
  1. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    I totally get not wanting to taint your original experience with the book! I have re-read both the Shades of Magic series and House in the Cerulean Sea though, and fortunately I still loved them the second time around 🙂

  2. Kenn @ Novelistic Pages
    Kenn @ Novelistic Pages says:

    The Night Circus is my all-time favorite book, and I still get so nervous every single time I reread it (I even have a tattoo for this book, so I get extra nervous!)! Thankfully, I read it for the fifth time last January, and it still remains my favorite. 😂

    I plan on rereading Cinder soon, so I can finally finish the entire series. Great list!

  3. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    The Nightingale really was something powerful and special. I don’t know if my heart could endure that book again. I was a mess from that one

  4. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I think if I made a list, the Chronicles of Narnia would be on it too. My daughter read one of the books in the series a couple or so years ago, having me read parts of it with her now and then. I remember being so immersed in the book when I read it as a child, but I was less than taken with what I read of the book my daughter was reading as an adult. I don’t know if I would enjoy any of the rest of the books as much today as I did then. I’d rather hold onto my fond memories and leave it at that.

  5. Lark
    Lark says:

    I loved both Night Circus and A Darker Shade of Magic the first time around. I wonder if I’d love them as much if I read them again.

  6. Angela @ Literary Wanderer
    Angela @ Literary Wanderer says:

    I’ve read most of these! I’ve reread The Nightingale many times and it always holds up. And you can never go wrong with Narnia!

  7. Haze @ The Book Haze
    Haze @ The Book Haze says:

    So funny story, I’m pretty sure I’ve read Wuthering Heights three times but I don’t remember a single thing about it. I remember rereading it twice *because* I didn’t remember it the first two times, and after reading it the last time and not remembering it again, I decided it’s probably not worth reading again. It’s some kind of spell or something! I don’t know what would happen if I tried to reread it again!

  8. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    As much as I loved The Nightingale, I’m not sure I could re-read it. It was so intense and emotional – it really took a toll on me.

    It would actually be interesting to re-read Verity. I bet I would pick up on things I missed the first time.

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