Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Felt Differently About After Re-Reading.
I’ve started re-reading a lot of books since I started blogging, and for most of them my opinions have changed after going back to them a second time. Some got better as I noticed things I missed the first time – little nuances and subtleties which made the story so much more enjoyable – some I didn’t enjoy as much as I noticed plot inaccuracies or character quirks which became more and more annoying as the story progressed, and there are a small amount which, no matter how many times I read, I will always love.
Books I Re-Read and Loved
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I enjoyed this book the first time but reading it again I was hooked. The story dragged me in and didn’t let go until the very last page. I jumped straight into the second book after finishing A Darker Shade of Magic and this has fast become one of my favourite series.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
I wasn’t a massive fan of this book the first time I read it. There was something, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was, that I just couldn’t click with. Going back and re-reading it for a second time I was able to enjoy the story so much more. The only issue I have with this book was with Lucas, alone he was a great character but his relationships with others just fell flat for me.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
The first time I read this book I loved it, and reading it again for the second time only made me love it more. Bone Gap was the first magical realism book I read and, in my opinion, the very best of the lot.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I didn’t think this book was anything too special the first time I read it, though I still really enjoyed it. The second time I picked up Cinder it was to re-read the whole series after Winter had been released and I fell in love with everything about it, maybe because I could jump straight from one book into the next but maybe I just enjoyed the story more picking up on the foreshadowing throughout.
Books I Re-Read and Didn’t Enjoy as Much
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I loved Twilight the first time I read it however looking back, and having read a much wider variety of YA fiction, I realise that I personally had more than a few problems with the characters and their relationships. Still, that being said, Twilight is what first introduced me to the world of YA fiction, honestly I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t picked this book up but I wonder if I would have still started this blog at some point.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The first time I read this book I really enjoyed it, and I was so excited for the second in the series. However after Glass Sword was released I went back to re-read Red Queen and whatever I loved about this book the first time around I couldn’t find reading it for a second time. The plot was still interesting, if a little generic in terms of dystopian novels, but I could not connect with any of the characters, I hated the love triangle, and there were so many questions I had in regards to the rules of the world Victoria Aveyard had created.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Don’t get me wrong I did really enjoy this series, and Leigh Bardugo is still one of my favourite authors. However going back and re-reading this book I just found myself getting really frustrated with some of the characters (Mal) and the decisions they made; and while I loved Nikolai’s character I felt the love triangle between him, Alina, and Mal was really forced and unnecessary.
Books I Re-Read Over and Over and Love More and More
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
There’s something really special about this book for me. Every time I re-read it I enjoy the magic and the world more and more. When I pick up The Night Circus once again I know I’m in for a treat when I start the story.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
How could I not put Harry Potter on this list? I re-read the whole series at least once every year and every time I fall more in love with the books, the characters, the stories, the world, and the writing.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is such a heartbreaking and beautifully written book. No matter how many times I’ve read it I will always be moved to tears by the end and I will always love the story itself.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of the books you felt differently about after re-reading were.