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December 10, 2019

Books I used to love & Books I used to dislike but now I love

This week's Top Ten Tuesday's prompt is a freebie so I thought I do two short lists: 'Books I used to love but now I only slightly like' and 'Books I used to dislike but now I love.' I like to say I have matured as a reader and that my judgement is better but I can't. I somehow just dislike books for silly reasons but hey, I could do that if I want to because I'm an adult, sort of. My reading taste have changed for reasons I do not  know but I suppose I might have grown out of certain books or authors or simply I just no longer have a desire to love certain books, that could happen right? Anyway, on with the lists:

Books I used to love but now I only slightly like

01 | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I read this one real fast and it was quite enjoyable but reading it again now, it just seems kind of plain. I actually do not like books set during war time but I did like that death is the narrator so that's really the only reason I was interested in reading this. I still do like this book but I don't love it like I used to.

02 | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
It was quite a wonderful story when I read it but now it's rather boring. I mean, it's meaningful but at the same, a little forgettable for me.

03 | Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell with illustrations by Terry Fan
I was interested in this book because I am a fan of the illustrator, Terry Fan. When I read this years ago, I really loved it and it was rather cute and I like the characters but now not so much. I suppose the target audience is for a much, much younger audience than me.

04 | The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell and Illustrated by Tomislav Tomic
So I didn't love the whole book, just the first half because it's so much fun but the second half is like they make a sudden detour for no reason and it reminded me too much of the Disney movie (Frozen) but the illustrations are quite lovely. If they had stuck to the main idea of explorers instead of this ice princess story, it could really have been a great book. And this is the first of a series so do expect more of this ice princess story in the next book.

05 | The River King/Second Nature/Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I used to be, I would not say a big fan but I loved and read almost all of Alice Hoffman's books back then, but now her newer books doesn't appeal to me as much. 'The River King', 'Second Nature', 'Practical Magic' used to be my favorite Hoffman books but now I find I do not like to read them as much. It's rather strange but I don't remember there is this much sex in her books but there are. It was as if my brain had ignored those parts of the books when I was reading them for some odd reason. I still think Hoffman is a great writer but I guess I just don't like her books that much these days.

06 | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I totally loved this book when I first it read years ago but now it's no longer a favorite. I now find Mr. Rochester a bit unromantic. I think all those tv movies made him sounded so great but he's not. He may be Jane's equal but I think Jane could have done better. It's still an enjoyable book to read but I just don't like it all that much now.

07 | Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
This book is written in letter form and with each letter, the writing gets a bit ridiculous because certain alphabet letters can't be used. I though it was fun when I read it but now it just seems rather silly and not as enjoyable.


Books I used to dislike but now I love

08 | Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
I used to think this was rather ordinary and not much worth reading but now I just love it and it's now my favorite Bronte book. In fact, Anne is my favorite Bronte now instead of Charlotte. I even enjoyed 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' which I never did before.

09 | The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
So I don't love this book completely but it has become a sort of favorite. I still adore Hoffman's writing and she is such a wonderful writer that her books are always worth reading even if you don't like the story.

10 | Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I didn't like Anne of Green Gables the first time I read it but I loved it upon re-reading a few years later. So much that I read the rest of the seven books and I like those but I have to admit when the focus moved away from Anne, I didn't like it that much but now I do. I almost love all of Montgomery's novels and I read them all except 'Kilmeny of the Orchard' - there is no good edition of that book. The ones I look at has such terrible covers and strange formatting. So that story isn't that great but I still think it deserves a good edition, well, mostly so I can finish my collection
 
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More Top Ten Tuesday at 'That Artsy Reader Girl' here. 

So what books have you love but don't love as much now? Or what books have you read that you dislike or even hate but now really love?

31 comments:

  1. Great choice of topic! Its funny how our tastes change over time. I recently reread a book in a series that I adored a few years ago didn't care for it this time around.

    My TTT

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    1. @Whitney: I had the same experience with a lot of books. It's strange that our taste changes but they do and I have come to accept that.

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  2. I totally relate on the change of tastes. Two of my favourite YA Fantasy series weren't so nice when I reread them after a few years. I haven't tried rereading what I didn't like before, so I don't know about that haha. Nice post!

    Here's my TTT :)
    https://thewordyhabitat.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/top-10-romance-reads-of-2019/

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    1. @Iridescence: I always give a book two chances before I decide I don't like them but sometimes I really just don't want to re-read that certain book so I don't. I think you are better off not re-reading.

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  3. Yeah, those sorts of shifts happen to a lot of us readers. I think it's quite interesting to see how people's tastes evolve. :)

    My TTT.

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    1. @Lydia: I like when people change their mind about a book they thought they didn't like before but then like it later. I believe all books have an audience, it's a matter of time before it finds it.

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  4. This is a good theme. It might sound strange, but I still love the same books as I did as a young one. If we discount books read in the nursery (I began reading at the tender age of three and a half ;) ), I still like - and read - Anne of Green Gables, Pippi, Sherlock Holmes, Bulderby series, Greenknowe series, The Dragon and the George, Three Hearts and Three Lions, The People, ... all that Fantasy stuff - love it. Science fiction anthologies from the 60s, and ... Oh shoot it. I don't know all the names of the books in English, and I'm not going to spend hours down that particular rabbit hole. I looked for one though, Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper, I read this series in a Danish translation, but when I reached Greenwitch, it was not yet translated. The librarian handed me the English original, obviously he knew me better than I knew myself. It was the first book I ever read in English (13 years old) - I never stopped ;)
    I dislike some books now, that I did like the first time around, mostly it's because the happenings in the book is a one-time thing. If you know who dunnit murder mysteries are not fun any more, only if there's more to them like with The Battling Prophet (Australian outback) and all by that author - And this displays another weakness of mine - inability to remember author names, even famous ones that I like; the dislikes come much easier to me. To show it's true, I liked some of Agata Christie's books earlier, now I just can't read them any more. I also read some books when I was too innocent to understand what was happening, some of them Like Krisin Lavransdatter I still read with pleasure, some like Cronicles of Gor (Don't read them if explicit sex in books puts you off - only good thing it's like story [cut] sex [cut] story, you can just leaf through ... ). I have a hard time reading them now, the stories are not that good.
    Sorry for rambling, incoherent post.

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    1. @Uglemor: I think it's great that you still like your childhood books. And you started so young - 3 years old! I don't believe I could read at that age, I think I was only beginning to enjoy books at age 8 or later.

      The books you've mentioned I have not heard of other than Anne of Green Gables and Sherlock Holmes but they sound amazing.

      I think it's okay not to remember author names as long as you enjoyed the books. I couldn't tell you the author most times for my favorite books either.

      I have yet to read an Agatha Christie novel but I will one of these days. But I agreed that once you know who did it, there's no mystery there and it would not make a good read.

      Sometimes sex scenes does put me off from reading but I can gloss over most of them but not the explicit ones. We all should enjoy books no matter their content but mostly I think we should read whatever we want.

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  5. Interesting topic. I rarely re-read books, so I don't know if I could actually come up with a list like this. My tastes have definitely changed over the years. I'm sure if I re-read some books now that I read a long time ago I'd have different opinions. Food for thought.

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    1. @Susan: Not many people like to re-read but I like to form my favorite books but I do get sick of them if I read them too much. Re-reading them now and then it's good.

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  6. Very interesting topic for today's open prompt! Some of my childhood favorites have not stood the test of time--Little House on the Prairie books and some of the Narnia books are uncomfortably racist. I don't know if there are books I like better over time, but there are a few I know I would have HATED if I'd had to read them in school, but enjoyed when I picked them up as an adult--Grapes of Wrath being one. Ooh, I didn't like Percy Jackson the first time I read it, just to find out what all my students were talking about, but when I read it aloud to my daughter (at her request) several years later, I found it charming and funny, because I was seeing it through her eyes.

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    1. @Wendy: I think all reading experiences are different to each person and time changes habits. I have not read books aloud to anyone but it sounds like books are quite enjoyable if you read them to other people.

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  7. Our tastes mature and change over time it seems.

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    1. @Christine: Yes, I agreed with you. I dearly we get better with age and not just out taste in books.

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  8. Oh yes, my tastes have changed over the years. I still like Alice Hoffman. Uglemor mentioned Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone series. I reread that most years too.

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    1. I have that series but haven't read it yet, although I did start to and can't remember now why I put it aside.

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    2. @Elephant's Child: I still like Alice Hoffman as well though not as much as I used to. Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone sounds intriguing, I will have to check that series out.

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  9. Rooftoppers has caught my eye once or twice, for the cover I'm sure.

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    1. @Greg: The art for Rooftoppers is quite good but I think the book is for a younger audience. I did enjoy the story.

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  10. The only book I have read from your list is Practical Magic and I didn't like it. I've seen the movie which I liked so I think it must be that Alice Hoffman's writing style doesn't suit me. I'm the same with Agatha Christie, people love her books, but I can't read them even though I enjoy murder mysteries.

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    1. @River: The movie for Practical Magic is better than the I, I must admit. We all have different tastes so I think it's okay not to like Hoffman and Christie's books.

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  11. Interesting how the mind changes on some things over time. http://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2019/12/ttt-freebie.html

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    1. @P M Prescott: Yes, it's quite interesting how our mind turns and makes us change.

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  12. You know I was never really interested in Anne of Green Gables originally - I'll have to try it as an adult.

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    1. @Lauren Stoolfire: I think you should give Anne of Green Gables a try. I think I was a bit young when I read the first book. Perhaps I had matured but whatever the reason, it doesn't hurt to retry a book.

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  13. Thank you for the great review of the books. I am going to try some of the other Bronte sister's books. We get stuck with "Jane Eyre". The book is so much better than the movie.

    "Anne of Green Gables" ... Love the whole series. Have read twice.

    "The Alchemist" ... I remember reading and remember liking! But for the life of me I can't remember anything about it. lol

    I'm pretty well stuck with reading large print books and not a lot of those in our library. :(

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    1. @nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing: The Bronte sisters are great writers but Jane Eyre always got more notice. Movie adaptations change my mind about books, I think I started interested in classic books because of them.

      Anne of Green Gables - I read the series once and re-read a couple of the books twice.

      You know I can't remember much about The Alchemist either. It's a good book and there's a lesson there but it's a bit forgetful for me.

      It's true that large print books are a bit scarce as not a lot of publisher puts them out. If you have a e-reader, you can enlarge the text.

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  14. Cool topic! I think The Book Thief will always be one of my all-time favorites. I agree about Jane Eyre. I liked the book, but I don’t understand the obsession with Mr. Rochester.

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    1. @Aj: The Book Thief is great but I guess I'm not quite the audience for it.

      The movie adapations of Jane Eyre made Rochester better than the books, it seems. But they do get people reading so that's good.

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  15. You always post about the best things, and I've felt the same about a few books I've read too, including JR Ward. I started reading one of her books and took it back to the library unread. For some reason I grabbed the first in the series a few months later, and she truly hooked me in with her writing. The Book Thief was really good, right? Hugs and more hugs! RO

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    1. @Ro: It's good that you retry books because some books just finds its audience just like that.

      The Book Thief is a great book. I think it is well written and I like Death as the narrator but I can't enjoy re-reading it.

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