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This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.” There are many books I could add to my list this week. Some I’m embarrassed to say that I ever read and enjoyed. Others I hated the first time I read and now love. Below is a list of the top ten books I feel differently about now that I’ve had time to reflect on them. As always, my list is in no particular order and covers link to Amazon (affiliate).
10 Books I Feel Differently About Now
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – When I first read the Twilight series in 2008, I fell in love. I loved Edward and Bella and the sparkly vampires. I binged the entire series over the course of one week. When I was finished, I immediately reread them. Basically I spent the whole of one month reading and reveling in Twilight. Now my theory for this is, I had just crossed out of my dark years, aka college. I had not read for pleasure in 4 years (aside from my midnight waiting in line for the last Harry Potter book, but that doesn’t count). I was just happy to be reading and enjoying reading again. I recently tried to read Twilight. I’m sad to say it held no appeal for me. I blame the movies. They were awful!!!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I finally picked this book up from the library in January, wanting to read it before the movie came out. I was so not impressed with this book. I had heard so many wonderful things and was expecting greatness. It failed in my eyes. BUT it’s been almost 5 months since I read it and I’m thinking my review was pretty harsh. Seriously, I read 10-20 books a month and I still remember details from this one five months later. Obviously I liked it more than I thought at the time. Getting ready to start The Infinite Sea in honor of The Last Star‘s release.
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – I was really unkind in my initial review of this book. I had such high hopes for it after reading Snow Like Ashes. This one suffers second-book syndrome, BUT was still really enjoyable. I read it in less than 24 hours and fell in love with Mather (like I needed to do this). I think I was more upset about View Spoiler »Theron’s turning on Meira than the book itself « Hide Spoiler when I wrote my review. If I went back, I believe I would raise it to at least 4‘s.
An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet – This book stood no chance. It was the first book I read after my grandfather passed away unexpectedly last year. My heart wasn’t into the reading and I found the story boring. In reality I think I was still grieving my Papaw. Thinking back on the book, I can remember most of the details, the plot and found the premise quite enjoyable. I’d raise my rating from a 2 to at least a 4.
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich – I originally purchased this book when it was brand new in 2009 when I was between Stephanie Plum books and needed one similar. The problem though was that my kindle was also brand new and I had just purchased all the Plum books to date and binge read them. Poor Lizzy stood no chance in my Stephanie addled brain. Last year however I received the last two books from the publisher for review. So I decided to go back and give Lizzy another chance. I loved it!!! Went from a DNF to 4‘s!
Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart – Like An Inheritance of Ashes, I attempted to read this one about a month after my miscarriage last year. I didn’t give it the opportunity it deserved. I love dystopians and throw some interesting sci-fi into the mix and I’m usually sold. I DNF’ed this book during the Clean Sweep ARC challenge in May last year. I believe it’s time to give it another go, don’t you?
Chosen Thief by Scarlett Dawn – I love this author and when I was given the opportunity to read this book I was ecstatic. I knew it was a continuation of her Forever Evermore series, but was told that it was set at a later date and could be read without having read the previous books. SO I dived into it. I really was lost. I felt like I was dumped into the middle of a story. Since writing my review, I’ve had a chance to read the first three in the series and thinking back in Caro and this book I would raise my 3 to 5‘s.
Cress by Marissa Meyer – As much as I loved the Lunar Chronicles as a whole, I never cared for Cress. I thought she was naive and hated her with Thorne. I only gave the book a 3 rating. In March, I read Stars Above which is a collection of shorts from the series. One short in particular is about Cress and how she found herself on the satellite. My heart bled for this little girl! I fell in love with her. Thinking back on the book now knowing what I know about her past makes it a much more enjoyable read. I’d raise it to 4‘s at least!
Maximus by Richard L. Black – I have a soft spot for historical fiction and was excited to read this one as it told the story of Christ from the POV of two Roman soldiers. I was curious to say the least but felt the book fell flat. There was a lot of head-hopping which was hard to follow. However looking back at the book over a year later I still find myself drawn to the story. It didn’t deserve the 3‘s I gave it. I would raise that rating now.
Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read this book after I fell down the rabbit hole of dystopian fiction with The Hunger Games and I loved it! While I didn’t care for Tris’s character, I enjoyed the entire world that Roth created. However looking back at the series now, I’m not sure I can pinpoint the exact reason I loved it so much. Maybe I’m being influenced by the awful movie adaptations but I just didn’t enjoy these as much as I originally thought I did.
Your Turn! What books have you read that with reflection you feel differently about? Comment below
You know, when it comes to Divergent, I’m the same. I read it in one day, and I never usually do it. It is a rare this for me.
I guess that the main reason is the writing style and fast pacing. It just make you flew trough the book.
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Great list and I love your reasons. I can definitely relate to a book not working because you binged on the Stephanie Plum series. So often I end up putting down a book because it doesn’t work for me right now. I’m curious about Cress. I’m in the middle of Scarlet at the moment and am looking forward to continuing the series. I can see where Cress would seem extra naive after spending so much time with Scarlet and Cinder who are both so street wise and resourceful.
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I never liked Twilight and I am a opposite of you as I enjoyed the movies more than the book…well at least three of the movies, not a total fan of the first movie. (I think it’s cause I liked the guy who played Edwards “dad”….lol.) I haven’t read Cress yet as I have heard so many people not like her and I am worried but I need to get to it soon…lol. The other books on your list I don’t know much about. 🙂 I can’t think of any books off hand that I would change my rating after it’s been a while.
See, I haven’t reread Twilight since I first read it (though I thoroughly enjoyed it), but I enjoyed the movies (well, with certain reservations), so I’m not sure how I would feel going into it now. If I didn’t have so many other delicious books on my plate, I would give it another go. But I just don’t see that happening. I enjoyed them, but was not as obsessed as some people were.
I don’t think I have any books that I can just *think* about them after time and have a different opinion…apparently my thoughts always go the same way. But I can see how things happening in your life can affect a read…especially such tragedies. 🙁
Fabulous list of books. Funny how our mood and time can change our perspective.
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Divergent was on my list this week too.
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I think a lot of people’s opinions of Divergent have been affected by the movies and/or the ending of Allegiant. I haven’t read the last book, but the ending was spoiled for me, so I think that’s why I’ve lost some love for the series. And looking back I can’t really remember why I loved it so much. I was also obsessed with Twilight in middle school, but I never finished Breaking Dawn. The terrible movies and the events of that book made me never want to touch it again. I loved Cress, so to see that you liked it more after reading her short story makes me happy. It really helps with understanding her. Great list!
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Seeing Divergent a lot today! Though I found I still enjoyed this series from start to finish! I still need to read Ice Like Fire, but I’ve been prewarned on certain things about it, so I might just wait to read that with the final book later this year. Or more likely early next year! Or just next year! LOL!
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I did the Twlight binge too (who didn’t) but have never re-read them. I have a feeling I would be disappointed.
I think it just goes to show that we are really influenced in what else is going on in our lives when we read… Thank you for a really honest reappraisal of some of your reading decisions:)