It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Todays topic is all about books I would re-rate. However, I rarely re-read books, so you’ll get a list of books I assume I would re-rate now! 😅
#1 Hunger Games
I read the entire series over the course of a weekend and just couldn’t put the books down. Obviously, I enjoyed them a lot back then. But, at that time I was the perfect target demographic for these novels. Would I read them again today, I’m not sure I would like them all that much.
In contrast to The Hunger Games, I pretty much hated the Divergent series. Here’s why: it felt like the more stereotypic blueprint of YA dystopias. But the deal is, many other books I read and enjoyed are like that as well. I think that I only disliked this one so much, precisely becaue I had already read to many similiar novels and it seemed a bit like a cheap rip-off. Had this been the first one I picked up, I probably would have enjoyed it much more.
#3 The Little Prince
Another one I strongly disliked. But hear me out, I’ve got a good excuse. We had to read this for French class, when we were in now way, shape, or form even remotely prepared to do so. This was not reading. Essentially we just ended up translating almost every word of it just to be able to make sense of the story. It was so tedious and annoying!
I’m sure this is a wonderful book and if I gave it a shot now, I’d probably love it, but my grievances with it run too deep to even try. 😅
This one was equally difficult for me to read. See, I speak English but it’s not my first language. And this is not in English. This is Scottish. Looking at the Goodreads reviews I realized that I’m not the only person who had some trouble reading Trainspotting. However, it’s been almost 6 years since I slogged through it and my English has improved significantly in the mean time. Also, I acquired some Scottish acquaintances in the mean time. So, my guess is that now I’d have an easier time reading this and would probably end up enjoying it much more!
#5 The Amber Spyglass
And finally, The Amber Spyglass. I read The Golden Compass and loved it. I hurried to the library to get the other two books. I started reading. But then the story took a turn and went into a direction I had not anticipated and did not appreciate. I was rather annoyed with books. However, I think that problem just was that everything went so starkly against my expecations. Now that I know what they are about, rereading the trilogy I’d probably appreciate what Pullman did!
What’s your favorite book that you would probably re-rate now? Let me know in the comments!