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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Top Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed. Click the book covers to go to the Goodreads links.

1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I studied this for English last year and I didn't really enjoy it while I read it, but afterwards I really appreciated the themes and symbolism and what-have-you. 

2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This is still one of my favourite books, but seeing other people's criticisms of a) how Patroclus was characterised and b) how Thetis (one of few female characters) was essentially demonised made me think a little less of it.

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

What was I thinking, honestly?! How did a dystopian version of The Bachelor appeal to me AT ALL????

4. Inheritance by Malinda Lo

I didn't like this book as much as the first one because at the time I was uncomfortable with the idea of polyamory. Now, though, I'd like to read it again with a more open mind on that subject.

5. Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

I actually dropped my Goodreads rating on this one, due to being very unhappy with the characterisation of Augustus and Livia after I'd learnt a bit more about them.

6. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

This book is based on The Odyssey and has a transgender love interest. I really should read it again to appreciate it more.

7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

When I read it, I just thought it was weird and didn't understand the humour. After watching the film and reading the next few books, I get it now. 

8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

I didn't love it at the time, but now I just think of this book and roll my eyes. It's so clich├ęd and pointless.

9. Matched by Ally Condie

 Yawn. I hadn't read much dystopian fiction when I read this, so it was vaguely interesting and original at the time. Now I've read more of the genre? Pfft.

10. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

I can't believe I only gave this 3 stars! It's about a Victorian lesbian and being locked up in a mental asylum! Not to mention the cover is gorgeous! Dear younger self, you don't know what you were missing.

What about you? Do you share the same opinions? Do you have other books you think differently of, now that time has passed?

I'm Alexandria, a 19-year-old reader/writer/blogger from New Zealand. I love language, history, and sci-fi. Hi! I'm always around if you want to talk, which you can do via comments, the contact form, or Facebook.

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