Sometimes I read a book and I don’t like it, and a while later I think, maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Or I just wasn’t in the right mood. Or something like that. I’ve read a very large amount of books in my entire teenage years that I just didn’t like for no particular reason, but also the other way around. Looking back at some books I read years ago makes me rethink why I actually liked them. And sometimes I can’t even remember.
So, anyway, today I want to talk about some books I read and think I would judge differently now then I did back when I read them.
Most of these are from the past three years because I didn’t track my reading before that so I have no idea what I read before that.
I remember a lot from reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart but I mainly remember being very confused. I read this back in 2016 and rated it 3 stars, just because in my (very badly written review) back then I wrote “I really did not see the ending coming and I still don’t get it really, so if someone wants to explain it to me, please do.”
I think, that if I reread it now, I would like it a lot more. Because I would know better what was going on and because I can anticipate the ending, now that I know it’ll be coming.
I read Delirium by Lauren Oliver also in 2016 and I quite liked it. It’s a kind of dystopian society in which love is seen as a disease. Back when I read it, I enjoyed it. I also read the rest of the trilogy and loved it! But I think if I reread it now, I’d absolutely hate it. Or maybe just strongly dislike it.
I think I would hate the love-triangle, I would hate how there’s the whole love drama surrounding the main character falling in love (obviously). I think I’d hate the world and probably more. So I’ll just keep this at the back of my shelf and never return to it.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson was my first ever Morgan Matson book and I absolutely loved it back in 2016 when I read it. I think it just came at the exact right time of my life. I related so much to the main character Emily, and how she was introverted and shy but felt like she needed to get out of her shell. Back then I loved it. But now, I think I’d only be annoyed by how Emily thinks she’s not “good enough” as she is. I’ve come to realize, being shy and introverted isn’t wrong at all and that you shouldn’t have to change to be a more daring person if that’s not what you want.
I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare back when I was 16 or something and that feels like ages ago (I’m now 21 btw). I loved this series. I loved the characters, the story, everything. But I think that was because back then, it was new. It was something I had never read before and I loved it. However, I would NEVER reread this series, not only because it’s way too long, but also because I would hate it. The (again) love-triangle, the cheesy love relationships, even the whole paranormal thing, it’s not my thing at all. It was nice for 16-year-old me, but 21-year-old me says no.
I don’t even remember when I read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, I just remember I do. And all I remember from reading it is a talking dog and mind-reading. And I think there was a girl who was the main character’s love interest. Back when I read it, I rated it 3 stars, I think. I quite liked it, but not a lot. However, since then, I’ve heard so many good things about this series, that I can’t really believe I can’t even remember what it was about. I think I’d like this way more if I read it now, then back then. I don’t really have a good reason to think that, but I just think I would.