Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I've Changed My Mind About

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (May 24th) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

1.  Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway
  • So when I read this book, I did like it, but I didn't think that much of it.  Now that I've read a lot more YA, I realize that fun books like this are SO needed to break up all the deep, dark books.  I definitely underrated this awesome book!

2.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • When I first finished this book, I thought yeah I liked it, but I definitely liked Anna better.  Now that I've read all 3 books and have had time to reflect, I now want to change to a Lola girl.  Which is mostly because of Cricket.

3.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Cbosky
  • I have to admit-- when I read this book I just didn't "get it".  The more time that passes, the more I've realized what an important book it really is.  Plus there's Patrick AND Pittsburgh, so how can I hate on this book?

4.  The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • I went through a Jodi Picoult phase for a while because I really really like her story telling.  BUT I think while reading them, I was thinking the whole time yeah these are good, but they're Adult Books.  I think I was being kind of a YA snob about it.  Now I know that The Pact is one of my all-time fave books.

5.  The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
  • The farther I get away from this book, the more I think about it.  I liked it when I read it, but only gave it 4 stars... but when I think about how it gave me the feel of a modern day Outsiders, I think that I should have rated it higher.

6.  Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • This was the first Sarah Ockler book I ever read... little did I know I was going to absolutely LOVE everything this woman writes and she would become one of my auto-buy authors.  I liked this book when I read it, but the more Ockler I read, the more I come back to how much I loved this first book.

7.  Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
  • This should probably go into a "it's complicated" category.  I didn't love this book when I first read it.  It's about a teenage pregnancy, which is kind of one of my stay away from topics.  Also the way it was handled in the book was supremely frustrating.  I think because of that though it's never really left my mind.  I often find myself thinking about one of the characters in the book and thinking why were you so dumb??  It's weird, but because I think of it so much, I've gone on to read a lot by this author... and actually found a book of hers that I really really loved (Read Between the Lines)

8.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  • I thought I liked this book a lot when I read it.  I definitely felt like it was missing something, but I still thought I liked it.  BUT NOW???  Well, I've read other John Green books (*tear*) and other David Levithan books.... and I have to say Will Grayson, Will Grayson was the weakest of anything I've read.

9.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (#1) by Ransom Riggs
  • I thought the pictures were really cool and I thought that was enough to save the book for me.  As time passes I've realized that NO, I really don't like this book.  I know a lot of people do, and I want to be one of them... but I'm not :(

10.  Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  • I LOVE A.S. King.  LOVE.  So when I read this book, I knew I would love it.  And I did love PARTS of it (mostly the Passengers' parts).  Now when I think back on it, I think about all the characters that I hated in the book, and the way the town was SO dramatic and overly hateful... and I just don't think it was Ms. King's strongest book.

Which books have you changed your mind about over time??

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  1. I had such a hard time this week that I changed the prompt! I do love Lola and The Pact. I think Will Grayson, Will Grayson is still one I like a lot but I haven't read much more by David Levithan. I should change that!

  2. I hadn't thought about it before, but I agree with Will Grayson, Will Grayson. As it turns out, I'm not as big of a fan of John Green as I thought I was.

    My TTT

  3. I am listening to Miss Pereguines right now. Its okay for me. Hasn't grabbed me yet. I love the trailer for the movie though. This may be a story I love more as a movie than a book. Love Robin Benway books. Have not found one yet I don't like. Sad to say I have not read this one yet though.

    1. How do you see the pictures with the audio??

  4. That's so awesome that you have so many books that you like MORE as time goes on. This has only happened to me a small handful of times. An example is Six of Crows. I originally gave it 4 stars but the more I thought about the characters and the world building, I ended up bumping it to 5 which I've never done. Sorry to hear about ones you like less. I've only read Miss Peregrine on your list and I found it enjoyable, not mind blowing, but good. I am looking forward to the movie though! I love Tim Burton!

  5. Well I've only read a few of these books but I actually think I like Miss Peregrine's more over time. I was expecting horror and that's not what it was and now that I realize that I like the book. And I'm glad you liked Lola more. I never finished that series because it's not really my thing. But good list.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  6. I don't like Miss Peregrine either. That book was just weird and the pictures were creepy. I just don't get it. :)

  7. I'm with you about Audrey, Wait! I'm not sure if I just appreciate Robin Benway more now because I loved Emmy & Oliver or something, but I think AW has gotten better in my mind over time!

  8. The Pact is brilliant! Glad you changed your mind about it.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/top-ten-tuesday-58/

  9. Just read a post on the same topic over on Paper Fury - didn't realize it was a TTT. I love this topic. I find that a lot of the books I read back in the earlier days of YA - like 2008-ish - have not stood the test of time. Or maybe my expectations have become higher!
    PS Yeah, I thought I was the only one who didn't "get" Miss Peregrine. I just didn't understand it at all....
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  10. I've only read one of these books and I'm curious now if I would still love it like I did before. Hmmm.

  11. That's great that you liked so many books more! I have to agree with you on Lola of sure!

  12. Sometimes it's all about perspective and having more of a base to compare.

  13. I love The Pact! That's such a good one. Great list!

  14. AHHH LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR! YES. CRICKET. CRICKET IS LIFE. (Mostly because he's the tallest out of all of the boys in the contemproary series, and I'm a tall girl, so, well. BUT STILL.)

    As for WGWG, I actually put that book on hold (and will probably mark in as DNF sometime) after I borrowed it from the library. I just found it a bit boring and I just couldn't bring myself to excitedly binge read it. >.<

    Awesome list, Michelle!