I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday! The theme this week is books we feel differently about now that time has passed.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince // J. K. Rowling (went up)
This is probably the one with the most difference between readings. I absolutely hated this the first time I read it. I hated it! But I think I've reread it twice and it's now one of my absolute favorites in the series.
Looking for Alaska // John Green (went up)
I don't think I was emotionally mature enough for this book when I read it high school. But when I reread it in college, I connected with it so much more.
Never Let Me Go // Kazuo Ishiguro (went up)
You all know this is basically my favorite book of ever. But can you believe I only gave it 4 stars when I first read it? I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING. I changed my mind a few months later because it haunted me. And it's an even better reread. ALL THE STARS.
The Night Circus // Erin Morgenstern (went down)
Okay, but only slightly down. I haven't reread this, and I know I gave it 5 stars because I loved the way it was written and how captivating it was. But honestly, I haven't thought about it much since. It hasn't stayed with me. I can barely recall anything that actually happened. Maybe a reread will restore it to its full glory in my mind, though. I'd love to have a physical copy of it.
The Bell Jar // Sylvia Plath (went up)
I have never reread this but I just know that my rating has gone up. I only gave it 3 stars! The Sylvia-Plath-obsessed girl gave Plath's only novel three stars. I don't even know. I think it's another case of Looking for Alaska. I wasn't emotionally mature enough to understand everything. Can I get a reread to go, please?
Fangirl // Rainbow Rowell (went up)
This has baffled Deacon because I was soooo angry about the ending when I first read it and I ranted and ranted to him about it. But now I'm practically obsessed with it and he doesn't understand how or why. I got over the ending, really. I learned to accept it. And Cath and Levi are so hard to forget.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (went down)
Okay, but again only slightly down. I rated this 5 stars when I listened to it earlier this year because, like The Night Circus, it completely captivated me when I listened to the audio. But since then, I feel kinda meh about it. It was suuuper cute, don't get me wrong. It just didn't have a lot of depth.
The Fault in Our Stars // John Green (went up)
I think I might have only given this 3 stars when I read it but then went back and rounded up to four. I think I thought the ending was dragged out too much. Or maybe I was holding a grudge against John Green (something like you murdered my emotions so I will murder your rating). I also didn't understand the last line until I looked up the meaning online, then I really appreciated it. Is that cheating?
Twilight // Stephenie Meyer (went down)
I still kept this at 5 stars after rereading, but I realized that if I had read this for the first time after high school, I would not have liked it nearly as much. It appealed to 15-year-old Emily, which was great at the time, but I later realized it wasn't the best thing in the world. I'll still read anything Stepheneie Meyer writes, though. (Alternatively, my opinion of New Moon actually went up after a reread.)
Mockingjay // Suzanne Collins (went up)
This is another case of me not understanding the ending. At the end, Katniss makes a vote about something and I didn't understand that she had ulterior motives. It completely went over my head. I was pretty done with the book at that point. I think I threw it across the room? But years later I read a detailed synopsis that explained it more clearly and I felt like an idiot. Still my least favorite book in the series, though.
So what about you guys? Have you ever changed your mind about a book after rereading, or just over time? Sometimes it happens to me after watching a movie adaptation, honestly. Have you ever had to look up the meaning of an ending? Let me know, and be sure to leave the link to your TTT. =)