I love you, I love you not!
Every Tuesday over at the The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic. The topic this week is:
Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed
I think this is a tough one and required a lot of thought. Of course ‘feeling differently’ I suddenly realised doesn’t have to be a negative! Anyway, for differing reasons here are my books – some that I think I would like more and some maybe not so much.
- The Hobbit by JRRTolkien – this was a school book and so I never really had good associations with it – until I reread it later on in life and was able to take in the detail and enjoy it more.
- The Lord of the Rings by JRRTolkien – this is a book that I read years ago and really enjoyed it, I then reread it years later, after all three films, and loved it even more!
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. This is a book that I read after my own personal discovery of Neil Gaiman and before I really had a proper appreciation for Terry Pratchett. As it is I feel I could probably reread this as at the time I didn’t really give it proper attention.
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe – I read this when I was in my ‘romantic’ years. I’m not sure I would enjoy this now, I did at the time because it had this gothic feel – I think I would probably find it a bit tedious now.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – not my favourite Bronte novel to be honest as the two main protagonists are so selfish. I sometimes wonder if I should give it another go though – just purely because I think my view on this was coloured by the film which isn’t quite as bleak.
- Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – this is the first of the Mercedes Thompson stories – and to be honest, though I love this series now – I didn’t enjoy the first book and in fact only kept reading because I bought all three at the same time and so was determined to finish. I think it could be interesting to revisit this and see how I feel about it now given that I know Mercy a little better.
- The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine – I read this entire series out of sheer ‘I will not be beaten’ syndrome. Would I particularly recommend them – not really. That being said there’s nothing wrong with the series and I did have fun with it but these are very much YA books.
- The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks – I love this book, except the ending, which felt almost tacked on. I quite often feel like I should go back and revisit it – maybe I just raced to the end in my eagerness to find out how things would conclude.
- Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier – I’ve read this book a few times and I always love it – in fact I think each reading just makes me like it more. I can’t pin down why it’s just one of my ‘go to’ books.
- The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer- this is a series that seems to take a lot of ‘beating’ nowadays. In fairness, I read all the books and at the time I enjoyed them. I can’t and won’t try to deny it and I was certainly swept up like a lot of others! However, on reflection, would I still read them. No. Probably not. I think I would be annoyed with both main characters if I was to read this series now. I can’t be sure of course but I don’t feel inclined to try.