Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This time the topic is books I feel differently about after time has passed, like loving them less, liking them more, having mixed feelings or being indifferent about them. I’m constantly rethinking my ratings, so I’m glad to have a list to sort some of the books out! Check out my picks:
1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I picked up this book because of the musical and I was really disappointed at how different it was, it was much darker. The real problem was my unfair assumption that it would be the same as the Broadway musical. Now I see that they have to be different and I appreciate its themes more. I would love to reread it because I think I would enjoy it and maybe I’d continue with the rest of the series.
2. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
I read this in college to write a paper on it and, at that moment, I despised it. When I think about why I hated it, I honestly have no clue because it has some of the best magical realism I’ve ever read! I had a drastic change of heart about his one for sure.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
I got all the Narnia books one Christmas and I thought they were really fun and easy to read, a very simple fantasy series. I picked up that Aslan was God but didn’t put a lot of thought into it. It was only with time passing that I got the religious subtext and how much I disagreed with a lot of it.
4. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
This one comes hand in hand with The Chronicles of Narnia, as it’s Philip Pullman’s response to it. I devoured these books and loved the worlds, characters, and adventures in it. My main problem was that, again, I missed the subtext and main themes so I was very confused by some things. Now I think I love them, but I need a reread of the series to fully understand and appreciate them more.
5. Legend series by Marie Lu
This was a recommendation that I went wary into, but ended up loving! Sadly, I’ve read more dystopian fiction and learned more about tropes, which has made me realize these books are filled with them and many are ones that I dislike. Still, it’s a fun trilogy, so I don’t regret reading it.
6. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I think this has happened to many of us. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the first proper novel that I read by myself. I was seven when I started the series and I was mesmerized by it. With each book I became more of a fan and ate the books up. Now, I still love it, but I’m definitely more critical of it.
Have you felt the same about these books? Have you had a major change of heart for any?