Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books I’ve changed my mind about. Are you ready for some controversy? I think I’m going to get some serious hate for this one. Can I suggest that you throw brownies at me instead of rotten fruit and vegetables?
I sometimes change my mind about books after I read and review them. Some books I like less as time passes, and some I like more. I’m going to list a few books from each of those categories.
Books That I Like More As Time Passes
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Other than the parental over-involvement at the end, I loved everything about this book when I first read it. I love it even more as time passes because it’s one of those books that have unexpectedly stuck with me. I actually think about it fairly often.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. This book has a saggy middle, but it’s wildly creative, and the end is devastating. This is another book that I often think about.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I felt very “Meh” about this book when I first read it as a teenager. Holden Caulfield is a whiny brat. I couldn’t see past that as a teenager, but now that I’ve read this book several times as an adult, I can appreciate everything else that is going on in this story.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I actually didn’t like this book when I was a kid because it was below my reading level when I first read it. It’s still not my favorite book in the series, but now that I’m past my reading level snobbery, I can see that it’s an entertaining story with a good message.
Books That I Like Less As Time Passes
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. According to Goodreads, I gave these books 2-3 stars each when I read them. Back then, I was afraid of giving 1-star reviews. I struggled with the amateurish writing style and the tropes in this series. I didn’t even finish the series.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Nobody panic, I still really like these books. I’ve just read a lot more middlegrade since I read these, and my tastes have changed. I now prefer more realistic middlegrade that deals with real-world issues.
Divergent by Veronica Roth. I gave these books 3-4 stars when I first read them. I didn’t like the character development or believability issues. Now that I’ve read a lot of YA dystopias, these books aren’t original enough for me.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Again, nobody panic. I’m obsessed with this series. I just think the third book was too short to wrap up all the stuff that happens in the first two books.
I’m ducking the rotten fruit now . . .