Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

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Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I loved this book last year. I was eager to read it's sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, too, desperately awaiting it's arrival in the mail. Unfortunately with a book this popular to not be spoiled you need to avoid the internet, so by the time it did arrive I'd heard enough about it to know I'd hate it and I no longer have any interest in either book. I have finally come to the conclusion that I'm just not a fan of Maas's books. And that's okay.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I read this a couple of years ago and I wasn't the biggest fan. But I'd been seeing so much love for it that I think I made myself like it more than I really did. Or at least, not admit to disliking it as much as I did. It's hard sometimes to voice the really unpopular opinion, you know? And as I was just getting into blogging at the time, it was even harder. But now I'm okay to say that nope, Maas's books are just not for me.
Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer - When I read this series, many years ago, I liked it well enough. But here's the thing - I skip read the middle two as I hated Jacob. I hated the love triangle. Today I probably would have left New Moon as a DNF and never picked up the rest of the series.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - So going back through my reviews on Goodreads to figure out what books to include in this list, I saw that I'd given this one 4 stars. Huh. I never even read the rest of the series. I'm not sure I'd still love it that much all these years later.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I really enjoyed Fangirl and nearly a year later I think I appreciate it ever more.


Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake - Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my fave reads, it's awesome. I liked Girl of Nightmares but it wasn't as good as the first book. I think as time passes I forget details of GoN more and more.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - When I read this in high school, I loved it. I swooned over it! I was in the minority, many of my classmates hated it. I think I'll always appreciate Wuthering Heights as a classic but I wonder if I'd still love it quite as much if I reread it?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Alternatively, I struggled with Jane Eyre when I was younger. I appreciate it so much more now.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I read this not long after it was released, before the movie was a thing. It was still very popular and hyped at the time, as was John Green. I found it very predictable and was disappointed with it. Because I could see the twist coming I wasn't as invested. I think I was too hard on TFiOS for this and maybe it deserves a little more kudos than I've given it.
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure - A friend lent me an ARC of this as I'd been desperate to read it. I really did enjoy it but I was disappointed with aspects of it. Again, I think I was too quick to judge. The more I think about it the more I actually appreciate what upset me and I think I'll have to reread it someday and see for sure. Once more time has passed.

I find I can think of more books that I've begun to love less over time than books that I learn to love more. That's a bit sad. But it's probably more common, yeah? What books have your opinions of changed as time passes?

16 comments:

  1. This Raging Light was an ARC for me too, and I was so excited to read it. Sadly I didn't like it and only managed to get about 30% in before I gave up. I don;t see that changing anytime soon.
    Book hypes make me hate books more too.But I do like TFIOS, just maybe not as much as the hype.
    I've seen Twilight on so many lists today. I totally agree, it's not as good as I remember it being when I was 13.

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    1. I see how it wouldn't change - DNF is a pretty solid decision, I doubt I'd ever go back and think differently about any I have marked as DNF either.

      Sometimes I liked hyped books, but yeah, usually I think my expectations are just way too high and it's unfair to the book.

      As for Twilight, I think that's a case of it being a first, sort of, and now there's simply more and better available/known.

      Thanks for stopping by, Hannah. :-)

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  2. I LOVED Throne of Glass! But I understand that not everyone likes it.. It's probably Sarah J Maas' writing style! Haven't read ACOTAR yet, but I'm not that interested... Still want to read it though, haha!

    I feel the same about Twilight, like if I would've read it now, I wouldn't have continued after Twilight...

    Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier! :)

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    1. A lot of people do love Throne of Glass and I get it. I so wanted to love it, but it just wasn't for me I guess. When you do read ACOTAR, I hope you enjoy it. I just cannot get past ACOMAF now. :-( It makes me sad. ;-)

      Yeah, Twilight was just such a buzz that I kept reading it all those years ago. I did like the first and last, but I know I'd never have gotten that far if I'd read it today. I have less patience these days, haha! I'm too old! ;-)

      Thanks so much, Ayla. :-D

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  3. I actually purposefully spoiled ACOMAF for myself because I knew what Maas was going to do, so I wasn't surprised, just really frustrated.

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    1. I had an idea too. I met Maas last year and she mentioned her love for Rhysand so it tipped me off. But it was pretty obvious anyways at the end of ACOTAR. I guess I was just holding out hope. I think it's the way she's written it too though, I just can't get past it. I'm too frustrated for it to ever appeal to me now. Bummer. But eh, what can you do? ;-) Thanks, Alicia.

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  4. I read Throne of Glass and I was just not impressed. I didn't like it very much. I read the first two in the series and then just stopped. But with A Court of Roses and Thorns, I feel completely different. I love that series. I just read A Court of Mist and Fury and I thought it was amazing. But it's not for everyone. :)

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    1. I think there's more complicated feelings for Maas's books than we initially realise! I haven't read more than Throne of Glass. Maybe someday. I'll wait until the whole series is complete than decide. ;-) As for ACOTAR and ACOMAF, I just can't. I'm too frustrated even now and I know if I push myself it'll only be worse. I'm so glad you love them. I can see why they are loved and I don't disagree. It really is just a case of their not being for me, like you said. Maybe I'll feel differently again once more time has passed, haha! Thanks so much for stopping by, Cynthia. :-D

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  5. Yeah, I wasn't really hooked into ToG either. But I really enjoyed ACOTAR! I guess I'm not on Twitter much so I didn't see spoilers. I have been seeing a lot of fan art for book 2 though, but I kind of remember the topic a lot of them are broaching, so no biggie there. I can't wait to read ACOMAF which I plan to save for a rather long road trip that's coming up in July. Whether I will be able to peacefully read it will be another thing entirely, but figured it's best to bring a nice tome with me than more than 1 book! It's only a week after all! LOL!

    I've seen a lot of people not liking Hush Hush. I liked it. Granted I had the same issues with Nora everyone talked about, but I wasn't deterred from reading it! Of course, back then my TBR pile was still in the double digits! Haha!

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    1. I hope you love ACOMAF just as much then! I'm a bit of a sook. I'm sure it's a good book, I just know I'll be too frustrated with certain choices so I've decided to just save myself the drama. ;-) We can't all love it, right? I think it's a great choice for your vacation. Just big enough to spread it out over the week and not have to bring along more, I agree. :-D Have an awesome trip!

      I don't think I'd dislike Hush, Hush now, just maybe not love it quite as much. I really should finish the series and see. And oh, the memory of a smaller TBR. Double digits! It's been so long, lol! What a thought. :-D Thanks so much, Jessica.

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  6. Maas' books are way over hyped. ToG was mediocre, CoM was better, HoF was incredible, but QoS was a let down. I liked ACOTAR but I can also see a lot of issues in it. I totally agree with Hush Hush and Twilight!

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    1. I agree. And that hype makes for some bad situations too - I've seen a lot of hate and anger towards bloggers who aren't fans lately and it's messed up. Not everyone can love the same thing but everyone can and should be respectful. I haven't continued the ToG series either. The more I hear about them the less they appeal to me. Someday I'll give them a go and make up my own mind...many years down the track when no one is fussing over them anymore, haha! ;-) Thanks for stopping by, Kate.

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  7. Oh no!! I'm so sad that you don't like ACOTAR anymore! I actually re-read it before the new one and enjoyed it more the second time! I don't enjoy her Throne of Glass series though. :/ The only other one I've read is Twilight and I really enjoyed it the first time... not so much when I read it again this year.

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. I'm sad too, to be honest. I don't dislike ACOTAR now, I'm just not a fan of the series anymore. ACOMAF is not for me unfortunately! I'm glad you enjoyed it even more, that's great. Have you read ACOMAF yet? :-) Twilight is a popular choice this week, I think. It was kind of the first, you know, so it had a lot of hype at the time. I think nowadays with so many more books in the genre and such it just doesn't stand the test. At least, not for quite as many as it originally did. Thanks for stopping by, Tracy. :-)

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  8. Oh my, I only felt this way about Hush Hush and Vampire Kisses. I didn't like ACOTAR so much, but now I think that I liked it less.
    Fortunatelly, for me, I still love TFIOS! :)

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    1. I've never read Vampire Kisses. I remember it being quite popular though. I should maybe reread TFiOS someday. I'm not the biggest fan of Green's writing either, so I think that had something to do with it too. Can't love 'em all though, right? :-) Thanks for stopping by, Lis.

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