As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish
They say the only thing constant in life is change. And that is also true when it comes to reading. What you like one day, may not be your cup of tea years later. Or the other way around: just because you don’t like a book now, doesn’t mean you might not still enjoy it later.
So this week’s top ten is about some of the books where my feelings changed over time. And this could be because of multiple reasons: sometimes you just grow out of a book, sometimes your tastes change or you have a new perspective on things. It doesn’t always have to be a huge change. It doesn’t need to go from love to hate or vice versa. Sometimes it’s just a slight difference, but a difference nonetheless.
For me personally, I discovered while putting together this top ten that I have some issues with book series. I love book series, but they carry some big risks with them. One is that too much time has passed between reading books and my feelings have changed in the meantime. So I don’t continue and my love for the series just kind of diminishes . Or sometimes a bad sequel can make me dislike the original book. Which may not be fair to the original book, but what can you do?
So without further ado, here’s my top
Divergent by Veronica Roth
If you had asked me for my favorite book trilogies a few years ago, chances are Divergent would have been included. But that was before the trilogy was actually finished. And then Allegiant came and… I did not like it. And then the movies came and… I didn’t like them (the first one was still okay though). And that dislike combined with time unfortunately kind of soured my feelings about the series as a whole.
Marked by P.C. Cast + Kristin cast
I liked this series. I was aware that it was flawed but I liked it for its originality and considered it a guilty pleasure read. But then the series just WOULD. NOT. END. And the storyline was dragged on and on unnessecarily . So I had enough. And now that I look back at them, I don’t really like them as a guilty pleasure read anymore either.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I loved this book. I loved the movie. I read the second book as well, but after that my interest just… got a little lost. Not that I don’t like this book anymore, but it’s just that I have no desire anymore to re-read or pick up the rest of the series. I guess this is just one of those books that I grew out of.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Another book series I think I just grew out of. I loved Shiver, but I never finished this series. And I don’t have any interest in continuing anymore either. Though I will be continuing with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I have high hopes for that one!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I loved Twilight when it came out. I read the books before I saw the movies and I really, really enjoyed them. But looking back on them now – I don’t love them anymore. Maybe it was the huge hype that kind of soured the experience. Maybe it’s just because I have read a lot of better books since then. Maybe it’s because looking back, I realised that I never liked the character of Edward or the relationship between him and Bella. I will however always appreciate this series for the huge impact it had on YA literature.
Any Nicholas Sparks book
I used to be a Nicholas Sparks addict. I was someone who had to buy his new book the day it came out. I had to watch the movies based on his books on opening night. But now… I still love those books, but I guess the obsessive addiction is just gone. I’ll still read each new book, it’s just not priority number one anymore.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Another series that I loved, but never finished. And while I did love them while reading them, I just can bring myself to re-read and finish the rest of the series.
Matched by Ally Condie
I LOVED Matched. But then came Crossed, and I never had to struggle so bad to get through a book. The result is that I never finished the series and the awfulness of the sequel made me dislike the original.