Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This was a really thought provoking Top Ten Tuesday – there are a lot of books that I’ve changed my opinions about over time, but I never really tried to come up with a list of them.
1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
I first read The Mortal Instruments series in 2013, and absolutely loved it. However, in retrospect, I realized that there’s a lot I don’t like about this series. I think the reason why I loved it so much is because of all the hype going around the Booktube community at the time, and because Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia) would rave about this series. Now that I’ve been able to really reflect on the series, I realized that I actually really, really dislike it.
2. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
And now, on the flip side of things, my opinion of The Infernal Devices trilogy has drastically changed since I first read it – for the better. Upon my first time reading these books in 2013, I absolutely hated them. I’m not sure why, but I found the writing to be dry and found the plot to be boring. Fast forward to January, 2016, and I decided to re-read this trilogy – and ended up falling in love. The Infernal Devices was everything that I had wanted The Mortal Instruments to be and so much more.
3. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Let me just say: I don’t dislike the Percy Jackson series at all. It’s a forever childhood favorite of mine, and I still love it with all my heart. It’s just that I’ve become more aware of certain aspects of this book that I dislike, in comparison to when I was younger (the subtle misogyny). As a result, my feelings about this book have changed – a bit more on the negative side of things.
4. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Just like with The Percy Jackson series, I don’t hate The Mara Dyer trilogy at all. However, when I first read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer, they were my absolute favorite books – I was head over heels in love with them. But after taking time to reflect and really look back at the series, I realized that I actually had some issues with it. As in, I’m not the biggest fan of Noah Shaw (yikes, sorry) and I really disliked the subtle misogyny present throughout The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Also, lots of cliches. I’m still a fan of this trilogy, though!
5. The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner
The first time I read The Maze Runner, I gave it a solid 4 stars. Now, though, I think I’d give it a 3 star rating. While I’m still very invested in the plot of The Maze Runner, the characters are rather two-dimensional, and the writing style is a bit juvenile.
I could only think of 5 books/series for this Top Ten Tuesday – which is something that happens all too often with me! I hope you all have a great Tuesday 🙂