Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Feel Differently About as an Adult

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books I feel differently about as time has passed. I have noticed recently that my taste in books has changed. I think this is partly because I’m just getting older and partly because I’ve been studying English literature and creative writing in grad school, which has made me a bit more critical of books.

I couldn’t find ten books that I like more now, so I decided to split this post into two: books I like more as an adult, and books I like less.

Books I like more:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have always, always loved this book. But taking a class on romantic literature (the artistic movement, not the genre) has definitely increased my appreciation for Austen. The more I read this book, the more I like it.
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Ditto what I said about P&P. I’m almost done listening to the audiobook of this (I highly recommend the version read by Thandie Newton – it’s incredible!) and I love it so much more than when I read it in high school.
  3. Beowulf. I had to read this three times (in high school, college, and grad school) to fully appreciate it. The last time I read it, I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought another translation to compare them. (I am such a nerd.)
  4. A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Shelley. I think my newfound appreciation for this might be due to the fact that I’ve been reading a lot of feminist literature lately. I did read this in college, but I don’t think I fully understood it until grad school.
  5. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. I read The Taming of the Shrew for the first time my freshman year in high school. I loved it then, but taking a graduate class in Shakespeare definitely made me love it more. It is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.

Books I like less:

  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, once upon a time (aka high school), I actually liked Twilight. I did stop liking these books a while ago, mostly because of the bad writing. When I first read them, that wasn’t something I was really sensitive to, but now that I am, I can’t not notice it. Plus, I’ve completely mostly grown out of insta-love and vampires.
  2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I read and loved the first three books in the Inheritance Cycle when I was in high school. A few months ago, I attempted to reread them, because it had been a while and I wanted to finally read the fourth and final book. But I just couldn’t get through them. I may try again at some point, but I’m kind of on the fence about it.
  3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I both liked and disliked this book when I first read it in high school. I haven’t revisited this book, but I have realized that most of why I liked it was because of the shock value, and I don’t think it would have the same effect on me now.
  4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I’ll admit it, I’m a Dan Brown fan. But, while I will still read his books, I’ve realized that they’re not as amazing as I had initially thought. (Seriously, grad school has ruined my ability to appreciate pop lit.)
  5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. As much as I hate to say this – because I still love this book – I didn’t enjoy it as much when I read it recently. It had lost some of the magic it had when I was in high school.

Which book(s) do you view differently now that time has passed?

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Feel Differently About as an Adult

  1. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorites by Shakespeare, too. I didn’t read Wollstonecraft in college, but I also loved that one. I could SO IMAGINE Austen reading it. I feel like its influence is all over her works.

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    1. I actually wrote a 20-page paper for my romantic lit class using Wollstonecraft to show how Austen’s writing was actually feminist (I couldn’t prove that she actually read Wollstonecraft, but it’s definitely easy to imagine).

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      1. NICE! Well, this probably wasn’t a new topic in the eighteenth century, but I feel she MUST have read this when she wrote Sense & Sensibility:

        – Ignorance is a frail base for virtue! Yet, that it is the condition for which woman was organized, has been insisted upon by the writers who have most vehemently argued in favour of the superiority of man; a superiority not in degree, but essence; though, to soften the argument, they have laboured to prove, with chivalrous generosity, that the sexes ought not to be compared; man was made to reason, woman to feel: and that together, flesh and spirit, they make the most perfect whole, by blending happily reason and sensibility into one character. –

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  2. I love this topic, it’s so fascinating to see how people’s reading preferences have changed.

    Twilight is popping up a lot — I confess I have never read them, and probably won’t spend time doing so — but sometimes I’m curious to see what everyone else is talking about.

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  3. I definitely agree with you on Twilight and the Inheritance cycle. Especially the latter. The first time I read it, it seemed to be a masterpiece of fantasy literature, but once I discovered the really great fantasy books, I realized how many cliches/unnecessary parts there were in Eragon and the sequels. And I definitely view Shakespeare differently now that I’m past high school. He’s way more understandable at least😃

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      1. Well, if you need comfort books, A Little Life probably isn’t the best choice. It’s more of a destroy all happiness, completely depress you, and leave you sobbing for days kind of book.

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