Top Ten Tuesday: The Passing of Time

I’m getting a little excited I must admit, I’m very nearly at the end of semester for uni which means freedom is just around the corner, I can smell it. What will I be doing in, say, two weeks time? Still writing essays because end of class does not mean end of assignments. I shall be FROLICKING through fields of daisies, skipping alongside Edward Cullen and throwing a magnanimous number of books in the air whilst eating fantasy for breakfast, contemporary for lunch, and a dash of horror for tea.

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This week’s theme is:

 Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

What a lovely long title we have for this week. It certainly an almost tricky topic, too. This topic can mean almost anything and for the sake of not making it too difficult for myself I’ve chosen books that I either like more, dislike now, understand differently, etc. The main problem? I really don’t reread much (I’ve reread a grand total of maybe 5 books IN MY LIFE). So this is basically going to be a list of books that I’ve thought differently about since finishing or something along those lines (rather than a childhood book that I’ve reread, which would be difficult seeing as I didn’t like to read as a child).

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.


#1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J. K. Rowling

So this is one that I hate now. HA! I KID. Oh but look at your faces, that was so worth it. I can practically see you all having mini heart attacks. Ahem. Obviously, it’s quite the opposite. I have actually reread this book (obviously) and I think the more I reread it (she says as if this happens annually) the more I feel emotionally destroyed and depressed. It’s marvellous, this is why we love Harry Potter. We love repeatedly reading about our favourite characters dying horrendous deaths and being reminded that we are now an adult and not a child (well, at least only in the literal sense), *sips tea from novelty Mickey Mouse mug*.

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#2

 The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

And goodness, yes, I mean the entire series here. This is actually my most reread series – which is odd and strange because I did not actually read them at the age you’re supposed to read them. A fun fact: the absolutely beautiful editions that I have were bought as a gift for me/my siblings but I didn’t like reading so probably broke my Mum’s heart by never touching them. Fear not, I have made up for it since and reread, in particular, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at least 3 times in the last 2 years. What do I find different? All those clever little religious undertones of the books I missed when I first read them at a young age that wasn’t quite a young age (maybe, 13?) and all these things went WOOSH over my head. But now? I guffaw at how religious involved this story is and have decided that the world would indeed be a much better place if God was, in fact, a lion.

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#3

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This is another of my favourite rereads. I don’t know why, but I’m about 96.3% obsessed with this story – I just love it to pieces. When I first read Frankenstein, I enjoyed it. Much more so than I ever thought I would. A lot of people slag Frankenstein off for being boring and not being able to get through the letters at the beginning. But GUYS. This book is fabulous. It blows my mind every time I revisit it how someone could write this in 1818. Think about that. It’s crazy and such a perfect horror story. And once you start pondering who actually is the monster – Victor or his creation – you’ll give yourself a headache. #StayAwayFromScienceKids.

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#4

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I’ve got this one of the list as a sort of bonus book (mostly because this was a really quite difficult list to make). Why? Because I haven’t changed how I feel about Twilight one bit from when I first read it. I love Twilight and I think it’s a great vampire story – in fact, I actually really struggle to read other vampire books that aren’t Twilight. I think the movies are terribly and brutally shot down the fandom – I mean even for a little bit I was tricked into thinking I hated this series and then I had a revelation one day and realised that it was just the movies I didn’t like. I’m currently rereading this so that I can straight away read Life and Death afterwards. As a side note, this has always been one of my favourite covers.

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#5

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

So this is a pretty major one for me. I haven’t reread this since my first reading but I’ve had a change of heart about it. I really struggled reading this when I picked it up. I had to sit myself at my study desk and prop matchsticks up on my eyes to stop myself from falling asleep (full on Mr. Bean style). I was confused and I didn’t really understand what was happening. To be perfectly honest, it majorly put me off reading other classics – because what was the point if I couldn’t understand them? But I have read others since and enjoyed them plenty so obviously this wasn’t true and I don’t understand why I struggled so much with this one. HOWEVER. I’m still 100% in love with the story having avidly watched the Kiera Knightly film adaptation of it more times than is probably healthy for me. And Mr. Darcy is possibly the weirdest, most rude, hoighty-toighty fictional character I’ve ever come to love. I think I’m really due a reread for this one.

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#6

 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I can feel your gazes landing heavily upon me, because you know what’s coming. My opinion of The Hunger Games has somewhat lowered over the years since having read it. I found it irritably addictive when I first read it, but I didn’t like the ending. And the movies were good but for some reason I always find myself thinking negatively of this series. I genuinely don’t understand why – I don’t ‘dislike’ it, but it’s never been on a favourite list and I feel so ‘meh’ about it. I think I probably need to sit myself down and gorge myself on the entire series some weekend to rediscover what it is about this series that is so good – clearly there’s something not right with me.

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#7

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda


I haven’t reread this one either but oh boy oh boy will I. The next time I have a free second I’m going to sit down and read this until the pages fall out. So what changed? I enjoyed this book a lot when I read it, but I’ve found since then my love of the story has grown exponentially to the point where I shriek at seeing someone else reading it. I love this book so much it terrifies me – how do these things happen?

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#8

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This series is certainly an interesting one. It’s got quite the wrap, but I think we’re all secretly reading this under our covers at night desperate to know what happens next. I found myself in a somewhat confused state when I finished the first book. I wasn’t impressed, per se, but I was quite intrigued with continuing. It’s so fluffy and almost rubbish that I just couldn’t put the stupid thing down – and now I’m finding as I continue through the series I’m just loving it more and more. Which is also a little worrying.

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#9

Trick by Natalia Jaster

This is definitely one of my more recent reads. If you haven’t heard of this then excuse me whilst I THROW IT AT YOUR FACE. It’s excellent. It’s unexpectedly steamy. And it’s fun. When I first finished this I thought, well that was jolly good. But this is another book that I’ve slowly become more obsessed about as time has passed. I keep finding myself wanting to read it again and – more importantly – to read the rest of Jaster’s books. I can’t recommend this book enough – and just look at that cover.

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#10

The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

Hands up if you haven’t heard of this one? Mhm, thought so. Jemisin, I think, is one of those names that you don’t see around until you dive full face into the fantasy genre and suddenly her books start bobbing up everywhere. I think this book is about as high as fantasy can get – everything is reimagined. Which made it a difficult read and slow progress. I definitely enjoyed this story but I’ve found as time has passed I’ve forgotten what happened and been less than inclined to pick up book two, which was an unexpected reaction. I think I might steel myself to reread this book and then dive straight into the second one to get things rolling again. I’m pretty sure I should be in love with this series, *stares confusedly at bookshelf*.

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And there we have it. Another list done. I certainly think it’s interesting how your opinions on books can vary so much sometimes within such a small space of time. I think it’s such a shame when for no apparent reason you slowly start sinking into a negative thought process for the book. It’s worrying to say the least.

 What’s a book you find yourself liking less despite not having reread it?

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 Let me know in the comments below!


End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

 

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Passing of Time

  1. These are great picks for this week!
    I completely agree with you about the Harry Potter books, every time I re-read them I seem to love them more and more and I don’t think it’s a series I’ll ever outgrow (well I certainly hope I won’t)
    Same with the Chronicles of Narnia actually, I haven’t re-read those books in ages but oh now I really really want to. They were one of my favourite series as a child, and I always think of them with a certain amount of nostalgia so it’ll be interesting to see if that will carry over when reading them again.
    Also I LOVED Simon Vs. too, I thought it was an amazing story! And I fell in love with the characters as well! 😀
    Great picks!

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    1. Thanks! And oh my goodness don’t even SPEAK of growing out of Harry Potter. I think that would be classified as the end of the world if that happened. I have to say, rereading the Narnia books makes me feel at home wherever I am when I read them.

      Where’s my shirt that says “Simon Forever”? I need one.

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      1. It’s unthinkable isn’t it. I don’t want to ever get to a point where I look at the HP books and think “nah”, luckily I don’t think it’ll ever come to that!
        I imagine I’d be the same with the Narnia books, still I really REALLY need to pick them up again, and soon as well!
        Ohh, I would definitely buy that shirt as well! 😀

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  2. Great list! My view of Twilight has actually changed. I first read it back in my early 20’s, and enjoyed it, but the older I get the more I dislike the relationship between Edward and Bella. I still think it’s a great concept (vampire falls in love with human) but I wish I could change a few things. Also I don’t think the writing is great… Meyer is a wonderful storyteller, but not an exceptional writer.

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    1. Thanks! haha yeah a lot of people say that. I’m interested to see how I go when I get the time to properly committing myself to a reread. I really hope that I enjoy it as much as I did when it came out. I’m certainly looking forward to cringing my way through Life and Death haha

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  3. I read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was 14 or 15 haha! So, yes, very late but I still loved them. I didn’t get to the last book until I was 18 or so. I think a re-read is in order. 🙂

    Frankenstein truly is a great story! I read it as a teenager and became immediately smitten. I haven’t reread it, though… I don’t usually reread any books. 😛

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    1. Yay for Narnia rereads!! I remember finishing that last book and just not being able to deal with what happened. In fact I still don’t think I’m okay with it!

      Urgh, I find rereading so tricky. How do I justify spending time reading a book I’ve already read when there are so many other amazing books out there?!! Although I have to say that over the last year I’ve found the idea of rereading more attractive than before. The struggles.

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  4. I haven’t read The killing Moon but I have read her inheritance series and I absolutely love her work. Nice to see someone else who’s read her.

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  5. **GASPS** YOU DON’T LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES SO MUCH ANYMORE? LET ME WEEP. (hehe, I’m kidding. I understand feelings going down after time! Although I confess my respect for that series just keeps going up. :’) I need to reread though!) I don’t actually reread a lot But I think I’ve re-read more this year than ANY YEAR OF MY LIFE. It’s all those darn series finales that came out this year and left me sitting there going, “but, um, what just happened in the last book because search me???” Hmm. #awkward
    BUT ANYWAY.
    Maybe God IS a lion. We can hope right?
    Also I like The Selection too. xD NO SHAME! I haven’t read it the rest yet and I thought it was a bit annoying at times, but omg I want to know what happens next and those covers are amazing. xD

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    1. *cowers* I am a terrible human being!! I’m really hoping that I’ll reread the series and suddenly go – HOLD UP I LOVE THIS STUFF and the world will be right again. Especially as I’ll now picture Josh Hutcherson as Peeta *waggles eyebrows*
      I always want to do that rereading business but I usually end up going to Recaptains because it’s so much quicker!
      *gasps at possibility of God being a lion*
      And DO keep reading the Selection series – it only gets more delectable.

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  6. I totally agree with loving The Selection series! Such a guilty pleasure. Not even sorry.

    It’s also super nice to see Frankenstein on someone’s list. I always assumed it would never be the kind of story I enjoyed, and then I had to read it at university, and it blew me away! It was so much more than I expected. Completely and utterly captivating.

    Thanks so much for a great post!

    Here’s my top ten post.
    Shaunna @ Books Over Bros

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    1. Haha I think guilty pleasure is the perfection description for The Selection series! And yess! So glad to see a fellow Frankenlover (actually I think I’m never going to use that term again) because the story is mind blowing.

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  7. I LOVE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I read it my senior year of high school and fell in love with it. I have a feeling I would love it even more if I read it now. I have yet to read The Selection series, but my best friend is obsessed with them, so I know I have to get to them soon. Great list! I hope you do rediscover your love for THG if you re-read them.

    My TTT!

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    1. Isn’t Mr Darcy just so dreamy? *sighs* You should totally get on to reading The Selection series just to see what all the fuss is about. And the covers, omg, the covers are gorgeous!! Thanks, me too! Thanks for linking 🙂

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      1. Not often but lately I’ve been wanting to reread some. So if might sit down to read HG at some point (I’d quite fancy rereading the throne of glass series too).

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  8. I was so confused when I read you hated Deathly Hallows now 😂😂😂 The only thing I disliked about that book was the epilogue, but I’m willing to forget and forgive because it’s Harry Potter. I haven’t finished The Hunger Games series, haha. I also really need to read Simon!

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    1. Mwahaha – and yes I must confess I wish she hadn’t have done that epilogue. But as you say, it’s Harry Potter (and thus can’t really do anything wrong).

      Yes please hurry your curry and get on to reading Simon! You will never regret it!

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