This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a Love Freebie, so I thought I’d switch it up and talk about books I no longer love. These are books I enjoyed at one point but upon revisiting them (or thinking about them more) I didn’t like them as much as I remember.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han: When I first read these, I thought they were super cute and fluffy. I had a hard time finding YA contemporary books I liked, but these seemed to hit the spot. I reread them last year, though, and decided they weren’t as cute as I remember.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: I remember reading this in middle school and devouring the mystery. I thought it was so good and clever and would recommend it. I recently reread it and thought it was kind of boring? Oops. The mystery aspects just didn’t wow me like I thought they would.
Divergent series by Veronica Roth: At one point I gave the first two books in this series 5-stars on Goodreads. But when I reread them to actually finish the series, I didn’t think they were good at all. It’s weird how things change!
Ted Dekker books: Okay, so it’s been hot minute since I read a Dekker book and I’m sure I’d still enjoy his fantasy/books of history ones. But I don’t think I’d enjoy his thrillers like I used to. I just don’t have any interest in the plot lines anymore.
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson: After about book four or five, I gave up on this series because they were just so bad. The first couple used to be considered my favorite books!
Stranger the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: So I still think, objectively, this book is phenomenal because of the writing and characters and world-building. But Muse of Nightmares was a disaster and it kind of soured the first book. I can still admire it, but I no longer love it like I did when I first read it.
Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore: I reread the Graceling books in anticipation of the fourth book’s release and it was so strange! I hated Fire the first time I read it and adored Bitterblue and this time around, it’s the opposite! Fire was amazing and Bitterblue drove me crazy.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I don’t know if I ever love-loved this series. I read them in college to see what the big deal was and I enjoyed them. They were fun and I liked the world and talking about it with other people. But since I haven’t read them recently and the more I think about some aspects, the less I care. I realized this when someone got me a Harry Potter related gift and I was a little like… wow, I don’t care about Harry Potter at all. Oops?
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: Okay, again, I don’t know if I ever “loved” this book. But a few years ago I would have been all like Jane Austen can do no wrong! But I really hate this book. The characters and the plot annoy me so much that I get angry just thinking about it. XD I’m sure someday I’ll want to reread all her books again, but I don’t know if I’ll ever care about rereading this one.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: When I first read this, I thought it was great, even if it was a bit dense and complicated. The writing was so pretty and it caters a lot to the millennial generation mindset. But the more I thought about it–and after talking about it with a friend–the less it makes sense. The less it’s actually saying anything. The less that actually happens. It’s still a pretty book inside and out, but I don’t think it’s a great book.