Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Worried I Won’t Love the Second Time Around

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Books I’m Worried I Won’t Love the Second Time Around. I tend to go through phases where I reread books from my TBR, either to enjoy the story again or to refresh my memory of the book so I can continue on with the series. Sometimes I still love the book, and other times I don’t like it as much as the first time. These are some books I do plan to reread at some point, mostly to work on completing the series, that I hope I still enjoy but am worried I won’t.

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Books I’m Worried I Won’t Love the Second Time Around

The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass

This is a series I loved when I read the first three books but never got around to reading the last three. I do plan to reread it this year and have no idea if I will love it as much as I did the first time.

A millennia-old prophecy was given when the Forbidden Ones were driven from Achar. And now, the Acharites witness its manifestation: Achar is under attack by an evil lord from the North, Gorgreal–his ice demons strike from the sky and kill hundreds of brave warriors in the blink of an eye.

All Acharites believe the end is near.

One young woman, Faraday, betrothed of Duke Borneheld, learns that all she has been told about her people’s history is untrue. While fleeing to safety from the dangerous land, Faraday, rides with Axis, legendary leader of the Axe-Wielders–and hated half-brother of Borneheld–and a man Faraday secretly loves although it would be death to admit it. She embarks on a journey, which will change her life forever, in search of the true nature of her people.

This grand and heroic story tells the tale of one woman’s plight to learn the truth of her people and change their hearts and their minds forever. She fights against oppressive forces to share this reality and will not desist until everyone knows. . . . . The truth of the Star Gate.

Lonely Castle In The Mirror

It hasn’t been that long since I read this book but I want to reread it. I can only hope that I will still love it as much as I did the first time.

Seven students find unusual common ground in this warm, puzzle-like Japanese bestseller laced with gentle fantasy and compassionate insight.

Bullied to the point of dropping out of school, Kokoro’s days blur together as she hides in her bedroom, unable to face her family or friends. As she spirals into despair, her mirror begins to shine; with a touch, Kokoro is pulled from her lonely life into a resplendent, bizarre fairytale castle guarded by a strange girl in a wolf mask. Six other students have been brought to the castle, and soon this marvelous refuge becomes their playground.

The castle has a hidden room that can grant a single wish, but there are rules to be followed, and breaking them will have dire consequences. As Kokoro and her new acquaintances spend more time in their new sanctuary, they begin to unlock the castle’s secrets and, tentatively, each other’s.

Maison Ikkoku by Rumiko Takahashi

Technically, I only liked the first few books in this series instead of loving them. However, I keep thinking about this series so I’m hopeful that means I will enjoy them more the second time around but rereading this series may backfire on me.

Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction!

Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon

Another series where I read a few of the books but never finished them all. I want to reread this one this year and I can only hope that I still love the story.

Rhapsody, a young woman trained as a Namer, can attune herself to the vibrations of all things, tap the power of true names, and rename people, changing their basic identities. Her magic lies in music: “Music is nothing more than the maps through the vibrations that make up all the world. If you have the right map, it will take you wherever you want to go,” she tells her adoptive brothers. They are “the Brother,” a professional assassin able to sense and track the heartbeats of all natives of the doomed Island of Seren, their homeland, and his giant sidekick Grunthor, a green-skinned Sergeant Major who enjoys making jokes, using edged weapons, and honing his cannibalistic palate. Inadvertently, Rhapsody has renamed the Brother Achmed the Snake, breaking his enslavement to Tsoltan the F’dor (a fire-born demon). Tsoltan sends minions in pursuit to rebind Achmed. The three escape into the roots of a World Tree, Sagia, emerging transformed into another country and century. But have they truly escaped the F’dor’s evil? And how does all this relate to the prologue’s story of Gwydion and Emily, two young lovers brought together across history and then separated by the mysterious Meridion?

Spice & Wolf by Isuna Hasekura

I started reading this series a few years ago but never completed it. I quite enjoyed the first few books and I want to reread them at some point so I can finally finish the series. I’m not sure if I will love it as much the second time.

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara

I plan to reread the first half of the series again so I can continue with it. I’m less worried about not loving this one compared to some of the others on this list, but you never know what can happen when you reread books.

In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online – a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other – debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG – a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “game over” means certain death – both virtual and real…

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

I absolutely loved this entire series but I honestly don’t know how I will feel reading it a second time. Yet, the desire to reread this series is pretty strong.

As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun’s not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her…for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

Watership Down by Richard Adamas

While I don’t plan to reread this one any time soon, I do wonder how I will feel about the when I do. I loved the story but not sure if it will hold up for a second reading.

Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

I have actually reread this one and loved it the second time. However, I plan to do another reread of the series this year and I have my fingers and toes crossed that I still love it. The author has recently talked about writing more books for this series.

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she’s supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah’s memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

I hope you enjoyed the books I’m worried I won’t love the second time around. What books are you worried about rereading and not loving?


  1. It can be tricky re-reading something we may have loved the first time around. Will it ruin our perceptions and memories of it or add a new layer of understanding and enjoyment? I would definitely read Watership Down as I haven’t read it in such a long, long time that I don’t really remember my impressions of it (other than it being good).

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      Absolutely. I have reread quite a few books already this year and so far only one of them isn’t living up to my previous love. You should definitely reread it, such a great story.

  2. You’ve got an interesting list. For what it’s worth, I have read Watership Down multiple times and I think it holds up. Also, Lonely Castle in the Mirror sounds like a good read, so thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I’ve never checked out any of these books, but now I am! I love ready good books a second time. Thanks for sharing.

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