Hi everyone! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all this week, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed, which is an interesting one, but also a pretty tricky one, for several reasons. One because I haven’t done many rereads recently and I feel like rereading is usually the best way of telling whether you have changed your mind about a book, and two because I’m usually pretty confident in my rating when I review a book. So this topic may be a little difficult for me, but I’m going to try, because like everyone, I’m sure I have books that I read once that I think of more or less fondly than I did when I initially read them. I might not make it to ten this week though!
- The Death Cure-James Dashner-When I first rated this one, I rated it 5/5 but after talking to my friend about it, I realised that I had a lot more problems with it than initially thought I did and with time, I’ve realised that it wasn’t as great as I thought when I first read it. I’d probably rate it more like 3/5 now.
- The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins-Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of love for this book and this series, but now that I’ve read more dystopia, I’ve realised that it’s not one of my favourites in the genre. When I first read it, I probably would have rated it 5/5 if I’d had Goodreads, but when I did get Goodreads, I rated it 4, which is probably a pretty fair rating for how I feel about it now.
- Divergent-Veronica Roth-Admittedly, I wouldn’t change my rating, I still think 3 stars is fair for what I feel about the book, but I still feel slightly differently about this book than when I first read it. I think a) the fact that I’ve read more dystopia since then and b) the end of the series kind of changed the way I feel about it. Sure it’s a decent book, but I’ve read better ones in the same genre.
- Heartland Books-Lauren Brooke-I read these books as a kid and I loved them then, but after seeing the TV series which is changed quite a lot from the books, I think that if I read them now, I wouldn’t like them as much, because I’m a lot older and more mature now and the books, as far as I remember them, were quite simplistic and childish.
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe-CS Lewis-I loved this book when I was younger, but I’m not sure how I would feel about it if I reread it now. I didn’t realise all the religious undertones in the book when I first read it and being non-religious, I’m not sure I would like it as much if I read it now.
- Uglies-Scott Westerfeld-I liked this book when I first read it, I gave it 4/5 stars but after reading the rest of the series, I don’t think I would love it quite as much now as I did when I read it first. I would still like it because it was an interesting concept, but the slang that was used in it was really rather annoying!
- The Scorpio Races-Maggie Stiefvater-This isn’t so much a “my opinion on this book has changed”, it’s more of a “I’d like to read this book again to see if my opinion changed”. I wasn’t that keen on this book when I first read it, but since then, I’ve read and loved The Raven Cycle, so I’d like to go back and read this book to see if my opinion on it has changed at all.
- The Blood of Olympus-Rick Riordan-Looking back, I think I might have been a little harsh on this book as a knee jerk reaction to the lack of Percy. As series finales go, it was actually a pretty good one and I reckon if I reread it now, I might bump it up at least 0.5 rating. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate Jason and Piper, but I shouldn’t have let my negative feelings towards them cloud what was actually a decent series finale.
- The Medusa Project-Sophie McKenzie-I loved these books when I first read them, back when I was about 14 but they were my first Sophie McKenzie books and I’ve read better books by her since then. When I first rated them, I would probably have given them 5 stars but that was pre-Goodreads. When I got Goodreads, I rated them 3-4 stars and I reckon that’s probably a fair judgement as to how I feel about them now.
- The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants Series-Ann Brashares-I really liked these books when I was a younger teenager, but they’re very chick-flicky and summer romancey and I don’t reckon that I would like them as much if I read them now as I did when I was 12/13.
I stuck to ten this week! I was kind of struggling when I got to about 6, so I figured I wouldn’t try and go over ten! What books do you feel differently about now, whether it be positive or negative? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments! Next week’s topic is supposed to be Beach Reads Week, but since I’m not planning to go to the beach this summer and I’m not really big on typical beach reads, I’m going to do Top Ten Books I Plan To Read This Summer as my topic. That’s next week, but in the meantime, I’ll have a new Wishlist Wednesday post for you guys tomorrow, my first in a while, so stay tuned for that.