Books I think I’d Like More/Less if I Reread them

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.

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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 donโ€™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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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). Iย 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.

 

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I don’t even remember when I readย 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.

 

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Do you ever reread something and completely change your mind about it? Do you think if you reread one of your favourites, you’ll like it as much? Any of these books you’ve read and loved/hated? Do you enjoy rereading books?

63 thoughts on “Books I think I’d Like More/Less if I Reread them

  1. What a great idea for a post! I agree with City of Bones, I loved it and looking back it’s really not my thing, especially as I hated that later books because IMO Cassandra Clare is a fan pleaser. I haven’t read The Knife of Never Letting Go but plan to this year.

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    1. After reading TID, I’m just very done with the whole shadow hunter world, I feel like Cassandra Clare just keeps doing the same tropes over and over :/
      I hope you’ll like The Knife of Never Letting Go!

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    1. Me too! A lot of my favourites I don’t reread because I’m afraid I’ll ruin the magic and that I realize it wasn’t as good as I thought it was! Thank you!

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  2. Ah I love this post because I think itโ€™s sometimes difficult for us to admit that our opinions on books tend to change! I know at least for me it is so hard to say that I donโ€™t love some books as much as I when first read them.

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  3. This is a great post! And man, I’m with you on City of Bones. I liked the books when I first read them, but between all the new books, the author, and my own growth as a person/learning more about marginalisations… it did not age well.

    A book I read that I don’t think I’d like is Hush, Hush – I loved it at the time because wow, ANGELS? But looking back, the main love interest guy was kind of an asshole and I think the relationship may have been toxic? I am actually planning to re-read it, so we’ll see.

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah, City of Bones just isn’t my thing anymore. I’ve never read Hush, Hush and I think I would hate it so much now! I hope you’ll like the reread though!!

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  4. Great idea for a post Lia I think if I reread Twilight I would not like it as much as I once did, but it would still have a special place in my reading history. On the other hand I feel like if I reread Not Quite the Classics I would like it more now because I read more of the classics it refers to.

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    1. I actually never read Twilight but I can definitely see why! Most of these books that I wouldn’t like anymore I still love because they meant so much to me back then! I’ve never heard of that book, actually, but it sounds interesting!

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  5. I loved We Were Liars when I first read it. I liked City of Bones but if I were to reread the series again, I would just skip the first two books and go straight to City of Glass XD

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    1. I’m glad you loved We Were Liars, it was just a little too confusing me for me at the time haha
      I’m not sure what I’d do if I reread the series. After book 3 it just went downhill for me I think.

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    1. Ohh yes, The Selection series hahaha
      I think I read them more as a guilty pleasure than anything else, they were quite enjoyable but that was all. It wasn’t that good of a series haha

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  6. Sometimes I’m a little afraid to reread my all time favorites, for the exact reason that I think I’d like it a lot less. And I kinda want to keep holding it in that high esteem for nostalgia reasons though, you know? But one of the BEST feelings is when you reread an old favorite and it’s just as good, if not better, than you remembered. I recently reread The Unexpected Everything and it was just as good as I remembered, which made it doubly fun to read.

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    1. Yes! I feel the same way! I don’t often reread books because I’m afraid I’ll love them less! The nostalgia is so nice and it’s sad if that’s ruined by rereading it.

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  7. I was kind of like this with The Bear and the Nightingale… while i was reading it, i was annoyed with all the character names cuz i felt like i couldn’t keep track of them, and never knew who we are talking about. But a bit later i caught myself thinking about the story itself and realised how much i actully liked it. I think if i actually got the hard copy, i would have discovered the glossary at the end and everything would have much clearer, but on my kindle i only saw it after i finished the book…

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  8. I loved the mortal instruments when they first came out and I’m super curious to see if I reread them now would I still like them as much!! Part of me wants to try but the other part really doesn’t in case I end up hating them!

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    1. Yeah, I’m a little curious now too! But for the main part, I think I wouldn’t like it. I’m not rereading some books because I’m afraid I’ll hate them and ruin the memories!

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  9. I’m also very curious about what I’d think of the first Mortal Instruments book if I read it now because it’s been a good 2-3 years since I read it. Lots of people have said that it’s SUPER slow but I don’t remember that at all haha! The We Were Liars ending was so shocking but I completely got it haha, a lot of things throughout the book finally made sense that didn’t before.

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    1. I don’t remember it being slow either, but I think I’d hate the whole Clary/Jace drama. Yeah, that’s why I thought maybe if I reread it, I’d finally understand the ending and the book would make sense haha

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      1. Clary/Jace ughhh they were just SO annoying!! I rolled my eyes nearly every time they appeared in all of the books, happy I finished TMI so I don’t have to deal with them anymore. We Were Liars is a very short book so if you were to re-read it it wouldn’t take you long at all.

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      2. The problem is that I don’t have a copy of We Were Liars and it’s not exactly high on my tbr so I doubt I would ever buy a copy just to find out if I love it more than I did last time.

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  10. I soooooo agree. I remember back when I read Delirium, I thought the concept of the book was really good and interesting… now I think back to it and I cringe lol. I haven’t read any of the books with the love triangles you mentioned, but I’ve read my fair share of love triangles and while it was a cool thing to read when I was younger, I don’t have the time or patience to suffer through them anymore. Same with over-the-top cheesy relationships in books! Idk how I swooned over them!

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  11. I absolutely love The Knife of Never Letting Go and definitely recommend trying that one again! I’m with you on The Mortal Instruments though – I’ve come to realise that it has quite a lot of problematic aspects so I’m pretty sure I’d hate it if I were to reread it, plus there are still the things that already annoyed me back then lol

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  12. Oh that’s an interesting post, makes me want to look back on some of my reads and see whether or not I could enjoy them. I think I would enjoy We Were Liars a bit less on second read, only because, the first time I read it, I didn’t see the ending coming and was completely shocked and blown away by it. Now that I know what happens, well… i think it’d leave less of an impression on me, haha ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovely post! xx

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  13. I think its cool that you think you’d have different opinions on a book and I definitely think that would be for many books I would re-read now. I haven’t read any of these books. I tried to get into Knide of Never lEtting Go but I honestly could not. We Were Liars and Since youve been gone are on my TBR, I hope I enjoy them?

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    1. I hope you do! I’ve definitely read a lot of books that I might not like if I read them now, but that’s only normal I think ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I have been thinking about reading The Magisterium Series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I do not know how I would feel about them though. I really enjoyed the first one, but the second book fell flat for me. I am so sad to read that you think you would not like City of Bones. I hope that never happens to me; however, I hated the love triangle as well so I can see how you can dislike it. I am thinking of rereading it this year since Clare is such a big part of my life now. I hope you find that some of your predictions for liking some books come true!

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    1. I’ve never read the Magisterium Series! I’m glad you still like City of Bones then! It’ll always have nice memories attached to it for me so I still love it a little.

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  15. I love the idea of this post! I completely agree with you on your thoughts about Delirium. I think it I read it now I would get so annoyed with the characters and the plot because I’ve read so many dystopian books since then that this would be nothing new.

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  16. I read We Were Liars a couple years back and I loved it so much! But I don’t think I could ever re-read it bc the ending is what made me love it so much. Now I know the ending I think rereading it just wouldn’t have the same effect

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  17. This is such a good idea for a post! I totally feel you with City of Bones. I absolutely loved it, but never got to read the last book of the series. I tried rereading it a few months ago, but 21 year old me just didnโ€™t like it. I have no idea why I loved it so much when I read it when I was 16 as well, I think.

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    1. I think I loved it because it was different from anything else I read back then? And I didn’t mind the cheesy love story and the love triangle back then…

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    1. Most of the books I’d want to reread would be just to see if I would still like them. Like The Hunger Games, I’d love to see what I would think of it now, but there aren’t a lot of books that I would reread.

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  18. I’m 100% with you on TMI! I was obsessed with these books when I was like maybe 16 as well and have read the first book I think 3 times, because I loved it. But now … nope, I have fallen out of love with the Series and I find that things that I used to like now annoy me. I really enjoyed The Infernal Devices though, in my opinion that’s the better Series ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes, the Infernal Devices is so much better than TMI! I also read it when I was about 16, I think, just before the movie came out. I can’t believe I actually loved that movie haha

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