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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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:
- 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
completelymostly grown out of insta-love and vampires.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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?