Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Changed My Mind About

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 . . . 


  1. Ari & Dante is definitely one I liked more as time has gone on. I didn't love Mockingjay either but love that series as a whole.

  2. I hated The Catcher in the Rye, SO MUCH in high school that I can't even bring myself to try and reread it! Holden got on my nerves THAT much! :\
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  3. I agree with so many. I feel teh same with divergent. I did give it a 3 i think maybe a two but really i didn't like it at all. no character develepment. I felt no connection to the story at all.

  4. It's so interesting to see how our thoughts on books change over time, and in the way that they change too. Sometimes I'm left surprised when a certain book goes down in my expectations etc... I'm an over thinker and so this can happen often!!

    Great list!

    Reading With Jade

  5. I'd complain about your Catcher pick, but I'm too busy gagging on vomit.

    (My opinion of you is much more positive.)

  6. I tried to get into Percy Jackson but I think I'm too old now. I get it.

  7. Hmmm see, the fact that you want MORE Mockingjay actually doesn't make me want to throw things ;) And I agree 100% about City of Bones! I liked them fine when I had read like 2 YA series and that was it. So agreed, for sure! And Divergent... it's hard, because I am so MAD at it, but it is still kind of a guilty pleasure for me. But do I like it as much as I had? No. I can't decide if it's because of the subsequent books, or because of the whole series hahah.