May 24: Top Ten Books I Felt Differently About After Time Had Passed
Generally speaking, the opinion I have about a book the second I finish it is the opinion I hold for years to come, though there are a few exceptions. There are a few which I underappreciated at the time of reading, and likewise there are those which I held too high a regard for and now view differently.
I love now more than I did before…
1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I did not enjoy Twilight the first time I read it (years ago) I thought it was boring and didn’t live up to the hype. I didn’t continue with the series until I unexpectedly picked up New Moon in 2015, and devoured the remaining novels.
2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
On reflection, this one has grown on me. I’m more into fairytales now than I was when I was younger, and I seem to remember this was darker than Disney made it out to be.
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
When I was a kid I thought this story was a little bit ridiculous, but now it is one of my favourite children’s books of all time. I love the characters, the plot and the life lessons to be found on its pages.
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I loved the movies more than the books, but I’ve had a change of heart – I love the adventures the Pevensie’s experience (and I plan to return to this world very soon – at least by page).
5. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
Don’t tell my grandmother, but after studying this for my MA English degree, I found I enjoyed it much more than I did just reading it – it actually was quite well put together (better not tell old Wills either).
I dislike now more than I did before…
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
When I was a child I found this book inventive and unlike anything I’d ever read before. I loved that the chapter numbers were all prime numbers, and the plot involved a mystery from the perspective of an autistic child, but now I hold the view that as a novel it was rather slow and rambly.
7. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I really, really want to love this series – I tried so hard that I convinced myself that I did, but in all honesty it’s a bit lacklustre.
8. Looking For Alaska by John Green
I have a love/hate relationship with John Green’s novels: I loved Paper Towns, I hated The Fault In Our Stars. I thought I loved (or at least liked) Looking For Alaska, but I actually hate it: I didn’t care for the main characters and I thought the plot deserved a better written piece of literature.
9. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
I adored JW’s books when I was a child, but some of them haven’t stood the test of time as well as others.
10. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
This book/series erks me. I thoroughly dislike the characters (the girls are selfish and petty) and the story is dull – I used to think the books were quick, fun reads. How times have changed.
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