May 23, 2016

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Goodness, it's been awhile since I've done one of these. I'm so bad. But brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish, here's 10 Books I Feel Differently About Now Compared to Then.

  1. Twilight Saga - I remember finding the first one in borders on a shopping trip with my HS librarian after a fundraiser we ran. I remember reading all of these books, quickly and close to their publication dates. I don't remember particularly liking them as books, just liking them as reads, but now I can't actually stand them. I think it's because once I left HS, I understood just how warped Bella and Edward's relationship was.  

  2. The Hunger Games (the series) - This one is quite the opposite from Twilight - I like it more now. I remember being not that impressed reading them. Book 2 was very similar to Book 1, Book 3 was a sideline story. What's changed my mind has been two things that I've mentioned before - the movies and how the story resonated with a Venezuelan classmate.

  3. The Black Cauldron book coverThe Chronicles of Prydain - When I first read these as a kid, I loved the adventure. It's a great story based on Celtic legends that follows the old tales more closely than any other I've read. My reread as an adult still made me love them, but I was shocked by a few things. There was more violence than I remembered. And it's not an adventure, it's about maturing. Not just growing up and being responsible, but finding wisdom. Dang, the whole first book is about career hopping and learning how the lessons of a craft can alter how you live your life. It resonated better with 24 year old me for some reason.

  4. 1776 - History is stuffy, and boring, and a 'dad thing'. And then Peace Corps came, I had free time, and I read this. I still am not a history buff, but I can't say this book didn't have some entertainment value.

  5.  Lord of the Rings- I remember reading these and loving them. To the point where I almost did an 8th grade book report on the Simirillain. I'm super glad my dad made me read the series before I could see the movie, because since then the movie has ruined them for me. Tolkien's prose is not a style I like reading - lots of tangents - and the movie is so much faster to get through. Still love it, but I no longer actively recommend it.

  6. Enchanted Forest Chronicles - I loved these in elementary school. A princess who would rather stay with the dragon then get rescued? Whose trusty weapon is a frying pan? Yes please! Half my childhood forests were the Enchanted Forest. Now however? I barely think about these books. They're only here because I went through my Goodreads list for this post XD

  7. Morlock Night - I remember when I read this for geek cred. I had heard all about it - the first book ever categorized as steampunk. And for that, I loved it. Until I was done and I realized it was a bit of a mess. Too many pieces moving. But it did, I think, help me realize why that despite my love of steampunk I have yet to find a steampunk novel I actually like - I'm more in love with the aesthetics and themes and ideas. The genre if you will than the plot of it. I like the openness of it - just like how Hogwarts!AUs are now fanfiction staples.

  8. Anvil of Tears - This is one of those books I'm not sure how I got. Probably in one of those flashdrives we passed around in Peace Corps. I remember liking it when I read it, but the more it sits in my head the more I admire it and keep thinking I really, really need to find the sequel.

  9. Artemis Fowl - I fell in love with these books as a kid. A 12 yo captures faeries to steal their gold in an effort to restore his family to it's former glory. I just liked that fact that the FMC was a kick ass military woman - in fact the first of her kind. I read the series several times. But now, I'm kinda meh about them. Part of it I think is the later books are no longer as interesting, not was well thought out, and part of it is I think when I reread them a few years back they struck me as super young.

  10. 1984 - I read this book for my government class in high school. Pick it myself for a book report. But I wasn't trilled with it - it was something I was reading partially for the lit cred of reading it, partially because my Dad liked it. I've never reread it either. But there are still parts of it - particularly the idea of doublethink - that have stayed with me for years. Slowly this book's ranking in my mind has been rising.


  1. Hmm... I've not loved THG series (or books one and three), but LOVE the films. (Weird I know.) Maybe there's hope for the books yet. :)

  2. I hated the first Twilight book when I read it... I thought I was going to LOVE it, so I was really surprised. I was about 20 when I read it though, so I could definitely see younger people liking it at the time, but then becoming more well read and realizing it wasn't as good as they thought.

  3. I'm afraid to re-read Twilight. I loved it so much when I first read it, but I don't think it would be the same today. Great list, and thanks for sharing. :)
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  4. I think many of us have included Twilight as one we've changed our opinion on over time. I still adore The Hunger Games too. I can't see myself ever changing my mind about them. :-) Thanks for sharing!

    My Top Ten!

  5. It just takes one good book---like 1776---to change my mind about an entire genre.

  6. I can see Twilight being on a lot of lists this week. It certainly made mine.
    I think I like Hunger Games more too. When I first read it I didn't like how Katniss's head was all over the place, but now understanding PTSD and reading about it written in such an incredible way makes me love the books more.

  7. 1984 is amazing! I read that in middle school and I reference it still at least once a month