Why I Don’t Reread: A Story in GIFs

One of my favorite things about summer as a kid was the summer reading lists we got for school. Yeah, I was one of those kids (and who of us wasn’t?).

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One year, we had one of those summer reading assignments where you could choose a few books from a big list of choices. My favorite kind of summer reading!

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One of the books I chose was Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

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It was wonderful! I loved it!

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And I thought that would be that. A happy book memory forever.

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But poor naive little me was wrong.

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A year or two later, in 6th grade English class, I saw Tuck Everlasting on our syllabus.

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A book I’d already read and enjoyed! I thought it would be great.

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But when we actually got to that unit, I was in for an unpleasant surprise.

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I don’t know what did it. Was it because we read it at a snail’s pace? Because we dwelled on every little thing? Because I had to listen to fellow 11-year-olds read it out loud? But suddenly the book was not the loveliness I remembered it to be.

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We also watched the 2002 movie adaptation. I was so done.

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Why did this have to happen to a book I loved so much???

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It was a low point in my young reading life.

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I can count the books I’ve reread since then on one hand.

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For the most part, I refuse. Because the fear is real, y’all.

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Do you have any traumatic reread experiences? Let’s commiserate in the comments!

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