I love you, I love you not!

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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11 Responses to “I love you, I love you not!”

  1. imyril

    I dread to think what I’d make of Wuthering Heights now. I loved it… as a teenager, and a 20something – but now I’m so much more judgemental 😉

  2. rosemawrites

    I agree with The Twilight! 😀 It is a bit polarizing! 😀

  3. Jamie Wu

    I actually read the Hobbit years after I read the Lord of the Rings, I found the tonal shift slightly jarring. That said, I love it a lot.

  4. Cover2CoverMom

    Twilight made my list too. I read it in my early 20’s and enjoyed it, but now that I’m older and have a daughter of my own, I’m not a fan of the co-dependent relationship. Also, Meyer is a wonderful storyteller, but not an exceptional writer…

  5. jessicabookworm

    Well done for having a go at this week’s topic, I couldn’t seem to get my mind round it this week. Each time I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings I love them more and more too 🙂 However I think we’re opposite when it comes to the Brontes because Wuthering Heights is my favourite; so far. The characters are horrible but I just adore the bleak, gothic style of it.

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I know I can be a bit biased here, but The Hobbit and LOTR do possess that timeless quality that makes them classics, and there are so many layers to them (LOTR more than The Hobbit) that every re-read brings you something new.

  7. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I always find it interesting when my opinion changes over time, often makes me feel like I under appreciated parts of the book (though very occasionally over appreciated)

  8. Samantha @ Book Minx

    I think Twilight is one of those series that won’t/didn’t age well. Even though it did great things for launching the popularity of the YA genre.

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    When I saw this week’s topic, I immediately went negative on “feel differently” too until my mind kicked in and realized it could be positive 😛 I think I tend to like books less rather than more over time, probably by virtue of reading a lot, as the bar gets raised higher and higher as I encounter more and more good books, leaving older books to be overshadowed.

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oh my goodness, The Mysteries of Udolpho! I read that one after seeing it mentioned in Northanger Abbey (which I adore) and I thought it was hilarious because I had just seen it satirized by Austen. I think if I read it now I’d just be rolling my eyes forever, haha. I hear you on the “I will not be beaten” syndrome, I feel that way sometimes too – especially with urban fantasy series!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Danny – sometimes – I read the Mysteries of Udolpho also after reading Northanger Abbey!! It’s too uncanny!
      Lynn 😀

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