Rose @ Stuck in Fiction looked back on her 5 star reads and shared how her opinions about some of those books have changed over time. I think a lot of us can relate to this and I wanted to talk about a few books that I loved when I first read them but upon reflection my thoughts on them have changed.
Looking for Alaska
I read all of John Green’s novels when I was first getting in to YA novels, and at the time, Looking for Alaska was my favourite. It was unlike anything I have read before. Since then, I have read a lot more YA that tackles similar topics more effectively with characters I became more connected to. I would have to reread this book to really sort out my current feelings on it. I have such conflicted feelings about John Green’s book in general, but I did really love Turtles All the Way Down last year!
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones was all the rage when I read it years ago, and I wonder if that affected my feelings about it. Everyone loved it, so of course I wanted to love it too! It was so dark and heartbreaking but I look back on it with mixed feelings. That said, I have forgotten a lot about it so it is another book I would need to reread!
I will admit that I still enjoy Nicholas Sparks novels and I will probably continue to read them! Looking back on my ratings, I have rated the earlier books five stars but the ones I have read more recently I gave three stars. I am not sure if that is because the books themselves are not as good as they used to be, or if my taste have just changed! I wouldn’t mind rereading my favourite of his novels, The Wedding, to see if I love it just as much today!
Anna and the French Kiss
I think Anna and the French Kiss might have been my first YA romance novel and that is why I rated it so highly! My reading taste has changed a lot since then, and I prefer my YA romances to have a little more depth than this book. This is the first book on my list that I have no intention on ever rereading because I already know I would not enjoy it!
My Sister’s Keeper
My Sister’s Keeper is another book that I read because there was so much hype for it! It is also one of the first books that made me cry. When I look back on it today, I realize how emotionally manipulative this book is! The ending actually makes me angry when I think about it now.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
I really loved Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares when I read it, mostly because it is set around Christmas time and I thought it was really adorable! I still think I would find it sweet if I read it today, but I highly doubt it would be five stars! It is rare that I give a fluffy romance novel five stars these days.
Have you ever looked back at some of your ratings and wonder what you thinking? I would love to know the books that you have since changed your mind about!