Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.” The books on my list are books I’ve read more than once, or at least tried to. Some of them are books I loved when I was younger, but now don’t feel the same enthusiasm. Others are books I love even more as time goes by. One, is a book that scared me when I was younger, and now I can appreciate it as an adult. So without further ado, here are my “Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.”
Books I Loved But Now Think Are Just “OK”
I loved all of these books when I was younger, but now when I read them they don’t hold my same interest. I’m not a “misunderstood” teenager like Holdan Caulfield. Nor do I prefer Louis to Lestat. Edward is a creeper, and I don’t like all the Pevensie children as much as I used to. While I do maintain that most of these are great books, my outlook on them has changed as I have changed. I still love fantasy and untrustworthy narrators, yet these books just don’t “do it” for me anymore.
Books I Love Even More Today
While the first five books are books I used to love, these are books I enjoyed the first time I read them (except The Color Purple), and now I love them even more. Game of Thrones and Harry Potter are two books I love more due to the fact that I’ve read more books set in that world. Now that I know how things end up (kinda), it’s nice to go back and see the breadcrumbs the authors dropped in the very beginning. Ready Player One is a book that I found even more exciting the second time around, than the first. Why, I don’t know, as I was in love with it the first time. The Hunger Games holds a place in my heart from the way the films sugar-coated the novels. Suzanne Collins took readers to a dangerous place and made us ponder the world around us, and if our society could one day turn teens into killing machines for sport. If politicians give us ‘Bread and Circuses,’ will the public allow them to get away with murder yet again? As for The Color Purple, it’s the only one on this list that I read as a child, and DNF because the subject matter was too mature for me. Funny, considering the film is one of my favorite films of all time, but now that I’ve read it as an adult I can appreciate Alice Walker’s touching story of love and family.