This list was hard for me! I haven’t reread a lot of books in the last two years, so it’s hard to say for certain how my opinions have changed. Most of the changing takes place between the first two days after having read a book. Usually, I’ll rant about all the things that were wrong about it to my husband, but after about two days when I’ve settled down, I find that I actually really liked the book. So I might bump my rating up after a few days, but most of the time, my rating is pretty much on target. It’s normally a little harsh, though, which is why I’m more prone to like a book more over time rather than liking it less.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday! The theme this week is books we feel differently about now that time has passed.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince // J. K. Rowling (went up)
This is probably the one with the most difference between readings. I absolutely hated this the first time I read it. I hated it! But I think I’ve reread it twice and it’s now one of my absolute favorites in the series.
Looking for Alaska // John Green (went up)
I don’t think I was emotionally mature enough for this book when I read it high school. But when I reread it in college, I connected with it so much more.
Never Let Me Go // Kazuo Ishiguro (went up)
You all know this is basically my favorite book of ever. But can you believe I only gave it 4 stars when I first read it? I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING. I changed my mind a few months later because it haunted me. And it’s an even better reread. ALL THE STARS.
The Night Circus // Erin Morgenstern (went down)
Okay, but only slightly down. I haven’t reread this, and I know I gave it 5 stars because I loved the way it was written and how captivating it was. But honestly, I haven’t thought about it much since. It hasn’t stayed with me. I can barely recall anything that actually happened. Maybe a reread will restore it to its full glory in my mind, though. I’d love to have a physical copy of it.
The Bell Jar // Sylvia Plath (went up)
I have never reread this but I just know that my rating has gone up. I only gave it 3 stars! The Sylvia-Plath-obsessed girl gave Plath’s only novel three stars. I don’t even know. I think it’s another case of Looking for Alaska. I wasn’t emotionally mature enough to understand everything. Can I get a reread to go, please?
Fangirl // Rainbow Rowell (went up)
This has baffled Deacon because I was soooo angry about the ending when I first read it and I ranted and ranted to him about it. But now I’m practically obsessed with it and he doesn’t understand how or why. I got over the ending, really. I learned to accept it. And Cath and Levi are so hard to forget.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (went down)
Okay, but again only slightly down. I rated this 5 stars when I listened to it earlier this year because, like The Night Circus, it completely captivated me when I listened to the audio. But since then, I feel kinda meh about it. It was suuuper cute, don’t get me wrong. It just didn’t have a lot of depth.
The Fault in Our Stars // John Green (went up)
I think I might have only given this 3 stars when I read it but then went back and rounded up to four. I think I thought the ending was dragged out too much. Or maybe I was holding a grudge against John Green (something like you murdered my emotions so I will murder your rating). I also didn’t understand the last line until I looked up the meaning online, then I really appreciated it. Is that cheating?
Twilight // Stephenie Meyer (went down)
I still kept this at 5 stars after rereading, but I realized that if I had read this for the first time after high school, I would not have liked it nearly as much. It appealed to 15-year-old Emily, which was great at the time, but I later realized it wasn’t the best thing in the world. I’ll still read anything Stepheneie Meyer writes, though. (Alternatively, my opinion of New Moon actually went up after a reread.)
Mockingjay // Suzanne Collins (went up)
This is another case of me not understanding the ending. At the end, Katniss makes a vote about something and I didn’t understand that she had ulterior motives. It completely went over my head. I was pretty done with the book at that point. I think I threw it across the room? But years later I read a detailed synopsis that explained it more clearly and I felt like an idiot. Still my least favorite book in the series, though.
So what about you guys? Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading, or just over time? Sometimes it happens to me after watching a movie adaptation, honestly. Have you ever had to look up the meaning of an ending? Let me know, and be sure to leave the link to your TTT. =)