Top Ten Tuesday: Evolving Opinion

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

May 24:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

This is an interesting idea for a top ten list.  I can think of a couple of books right off the bat that I know I feel differently about now then I did right after reading.  Makes me wonder if my policy of reviewing a title the instant I finish is the best one.  I review a book before starting the next mainly because it is fresh in my mind and I’m not already invested in a new set of characters.  Less confusion and quite frankly it has simply become a habit.  Most of the time (I think) my ideas about a books stay the same a day, week or even month out from reading a book.  My memory might get a little fuzzy, but it usually takes several months to even a year for me to reconsider what I thought about a book I’ve read.  Usually what happens is I read the next book in a series or something by another author in the same genre and I rethink what I thought.  I’m excited to go through my Goodreads read shelf and see what books I might have loved or hated or even felt indifference towards and see if I feel differently today. Shall we begin.

Ten books that my opinion has evolved with time.

  1. Born of Defiance (The League, #7) 3 Stars: This is one where I would almost like to go back and bump it up to a four star rating for this recent read.  I might have even been generous by giving it the three stars.  What changed my mind was reading the next book in the series that finished many of the cliffhangers and plot holes from this book.  I understood so much more of this book after finishing the next book that my opinion of this one improved.  In the end I did agree with Ms. Kenyon in that this book needed to go first, but still it was a bit confusing at times.
  2. The Twelve (The Passage, #2) 3 Stars:  I remember being ready to be finished with this trilogy about half-way through book two.  And if this book had ended 20 pages earlier (approximation) then I would have been completely satisfied and able to make a clean break.  Book two in the Passage series just didn’t excite me, but the cliffhanger at the end made me both resentful and determine to see this trilogy to the end.  This one is a good example of how time has softened how I felt and I am pretty excited to read the last book, The City of Mirrors, that releases today!  Of course meeting the author who is incredibly sweet and charming might have helped a teeny tinny bit.  Maybe.
  3. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) 2 Stars:  This is one where I did not enjoy it while reading it and my opinion has only gone down hill from there.  I just didn’t care for it and I wish I had just given it the one star it probably deserved.  So if you are one of my favorite authors I might not enjoy your latest release and will still give it an unfavorable review, but the perk of being my fave is that you automatically get an extra star…
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Read before I started rating books: This is a case of I just moved on as a reader.  I remember loving the world of Harry Potter, but last year when I tried to re-read the series I couldn’t get past the first half of book one.  At 41 (almost 42) I just can not relate to a grammar school age person and the drama of characters this age.  I just can’t.  While I am glad I read it once I don’t think I will ever read them again and am questioning a bit why I was so enthralled by them in the first place.
  5. Twilight (Twilight, #1) 5 Stars: I will always have a special place in my heart for Twilight.  It did introduce me to a genre after all.  There will always be a spot on my shelves for these four books. I even used to re-read them once a year I loved them so. Then I met A Discovery of Witches and moved on and not looked back since.
  6. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) 5 Stars: The way this series ended tarnished the entire lot of books for me.  I was so disgusted with how things ended up with Eric that I almost wish I hadn’t read the series at all, or at least stopped around book 10.  So disappointed and I will never trust my heart to Ms. Harris again. Ever.
  7. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Before I was rating and reviewing: I broke up with Mr. King a long time ago.  Simply a case of I evolved as a reader (that and he is kind of an ass to other authors).  I remember being so captivated by this series, probably my very first, and reading every single book I could of his because he would often put little Easter Eggs or windows into this mammoth masterpiece.  Now I’m kind of like eh, it wasn’t that special.  This is the opposite of what happen with Cronin, where the author’s attitude made me think less of their work.
  8. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)  2 Stars:  I was so frustrated at the end of this book after reading 4 and 5 together that I declared myself finished with this series.  Now that I couple months have passed my animosity towards the author and series is waning a bit.  At the pace this author writes I probably have a ton of time to get over my frustration and might continue on to see what happens in the end.  Or maybe not…they are freaking bricks after all.
  9. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) 2 Stars:  I listened to this audio book at work in order to check the play quality of the disks.  A patron said they were not playing right.  The narrator and I did not click and it kind of ruined the entire series for me.  I couldn’t read it without hearing her voice.  I wonder if enough time has passed that I could give this very popular series another shot.
  10. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) 3 Stars:  I remember being so enamored by the concept behind this book.  Then I read it and it was so tedious.  I mean a real pain to get through.  Far too political and just way too long.  I also read this one before I started reviewing books and I know the reader I am today would have DNF this title pretty damn quick.  Just not my cup of tea.

Well there you have my list for this week.  What books have you fallen out of love with or are there some titles that have grown on you?  Am I being too harsh with my opinions above?  Do you disagree?  Leave me a note in the comments!

 

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Evolving Opinion

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon definitely has some stinkers, but then she has some brilliant ones, so its hard to tell what you’re going to get from her. I hadn’t heard that King was a bit of a butt, but I can totally see it. (Not a huge fan of his writing, period.)

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    • Kenyon will always be one I go back to, but I need to just own up that sometimes I don’t care for her book. So far it has only happened a handful of times, but man they were pretty bad. King just gets really opinionated and critical of other authors, some successful, and trashes their work. He does read a lot, and like us is entitled to his opinion, but when you yourself are a writer of questionable quality or contribution to the literary world then perhaps we shouldn’t be so harsh.

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  2. Oh my goodness on the Harry Potter books – or just about any books featuring youngster. Think of me in my 70s, lol.

    Otherwise, the one that comes to mind for me is Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. When I read it in my 30s or so, I loved it and especially the character of Sue. I had occasion to reread it when I was in my 60s and absolutely couldn’t stand Sue – way too wishy-washy – and I had previously thought of her as strong and independent.

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