Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time has Passed

I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday post in a while as none of the topics have intrigued me. This week though I'll be joining in. The theme is ten books I feel differently about after time has passed. Some are books that I used to hate but now love and others are ones I used to love that I'm now not quite so fond of.
  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien- When I first read LOTR as a child I was only reading it so I could watch the movies in theaters because that was my dad's rule. I scarcely remembered what I read and I re-read it a few years later and just wasn't crazy about it. However, when I was a teenager I re-read them again and fell in love and since them I've been re-reading them over and over again and loving them even more each time. LOTR is currently my second favorite book and I'm so glad I changed my mind about it. :) 
  2. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott- I was pretty neutral about it the first time I read it but now I love it! 
  3. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw- Not a fan of it as a child but loved it when I re-read it this year. 
  4. Emma by Jane Austen- This was always my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels, though I did enjoy it. When I re-read it last year though I saw so much more to it then I originally had I love it just as much as the others now. 
  5. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery- I've always adored the Anne of Green Gables series but Anne of the Island was my least favorite as Anne irked me incessantly in it. When I re-read it last year though I really appreciated it a lot more and now it is actually one of my favorites of the series. Anne still irks me a little in it but she ends up with Gilbert in the end so it's all good. ;) 
  6. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers- I re-read it a couple years ago and I really enjoyed it as opposed to when I read it as a child. I thought it was so boring as a kid but when re-reading it I saw so much more of the wit and humor in it and loved it! 
  7. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham- I scarcely remembered anything about this book when I re-read it a couple years ago but I knew I hadn't been that fond of it as a child and I thought it was boring. This re-read though totally changed my mind. This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and well worth the read! 
  8. The Homeschool Detective series by John Bibee- This was one of my favorite series as a child because the idea of kids that were homeschooled like me solving mysteries could not help but intrigue me! I re-read this series a few years ago and I was shattered to realize that the writing in the series is really kind of subpar. While they're still enjoyable in their own right they do leave a lot to be desired in other areas. 
  9. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift- With my re-read last year I really disliked it. I don't remember being crazy about it the first time I read it but I definitely did NOT like it this time around. 
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (and the rest of the series)- I always really enjoyed these books as a kid but when I read them last year they came off as moralistic and preachy to me and I didn't like the philosophy. So overall while they're okay I just didn't enjoy them as I had as a kid. 

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  1. I read LOTR several years ago and soo didn't like it but GAH, I want to re-try but with the audiobooks and see if it works better for me!! It's a series I really want to get into! ;D

    Here's my TTT!

    1. The audiobooks are definitely the way to go! I struggled with The Hobbit at first, but the audiobook was absolutely amazing!

  2. I started reading Ivanhoe in school, but my assigned reading always got in the way and I never finished. I definitely need to pick it up again, it's a great story!

    Vivacious Reads

  3. I don't tend to re-read books I didn't like the first time round - perhaps I should give some of them another go! Like you, I found that some of my childhood favourites have not stood the test of time. However, I read both The Wind in the Willows and Mary Poppins as an adult, and throughly enjoyed them.

  4. I agree with so many of these!

    #1- I liked it the first time, but I, too, was just reading it so I could watch the movies(and I only got through some of it), and the next time I appreciated it much more.

    Actually, #3 I've loved every single time. :D

    #5- It's not that I disliked re-reading Anne of the Island, but I didn't like it as much as the others and Anne didn't seem to be quite the same. I didn't like Phil, either.

    #10- Again, I still really like them, but every time I read an Alcott novel, the forced morals and poor theology bothers me a little more.

  5. Little Women changed for me too. I think the transcendental sanctimoniousness feels a whole lot stronger now, but I LOVE the story besides that, it is just hard to swallow the preaching. Emma is not one of my favs either (I actually thought the webseries, sacrilege, was more fun than the book because Emma is less obnoxious), but I am holding off on re-reading JA for a long while yet. I overdosed plus I am sick of the obsession.

  6. Wind in the Willows got better for me as I got older. As a child it didn't wow me, but I like it now as an adult.

    Series I grew cold on after reading them numerous times in my teens and 20's: The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I really only reread one book now based on a minor character. The Sage of Recluce books by L.E. Modesitt. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.

    Another series of more recent vintage are the Harry Potter books. And not because of the books themselves but because of the fandom.

  7. I agree about Jane Austen and Emma!

    My TTT is here: http://www.psychoticstate.net/2016/05/top-ten-tuesday-may-24-2016.html


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