Ah. Re-reading. It’s something that a lot of book readers love to do. Another way to ignore your TBR and get comfy with an old favourite? Sign me up!
This year I’m going to be embarking on my first ever re-read when I take on Vicious by V.E. Schwab just before the release of Vengeful, the sequel. Why am I doing this? Well, I’m fed up with not remembering a story when I finally read the sequel. There are so many series that I love but haven’t finish, and I know that when I get to the final instalment, I won’t remember a thing.
However, if I don’t need to read a book because of this reason, I probably won’t ever re-read it again? Wanna know why? Because tastes and perspective and opinions change, and I’m deathly afraid or reading a beloved story and changing my mind about it. So, no avoiding my TBR with re-reads!
Here are a few books that I know I’ll change my mind about if I read them again:
Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
So I gave Anna & The French Kiss five stars back in 2016 and I don’t know why. I’ve read my Goodreads review, and it seems like I didn’t take anything that happened seriously and laughed it off because ‘they’re teenagers’. I get what ‘past me’ is saying; teenagers do and say stupid things, they’re learning, and these characters should not be taken seriously. I like how forgiving me was, to the point of giving this book five stars, the same category as books I absolutely adore.
I think if I read any of Stephanie Perkins’ books again, I would give them, at most, three stars. Enjoying and laughing at supposedly ‘realistic’ teenage characters is one thing, but giving a book five stars because of it is a bit far, and I feel like I’d probably be more annoyed than amused. Since reading other reviews of it, there was a lot of problematic aspects to this book that I wouldn’t let slide nowadays.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I adore Rainbow Rowell’s novels and I can confidently still say that despite not reading a book of hers in a while. But there’s one in particular that, looking back on, I don’t understand why I liked it, other than it being the writing. While I remember loving Fangirl, Carry On, and Landline, I reckon Attachments would get a few stars demoted. The whole premise of the book seems creepy to me, and I remember having to push those thoughts to the side to enjoy this romance.
If this plot happened in real life, I’m pretty sure someone would get arrested.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I feel like, when reading Ready Player One, that I was supposed to like it, whether I actually liked it or not. Not only was it one of my boss’ favourite book at the time, but everybody loved it. It was immediately considered a classic sc-fi novel and, considering I am writing a sci-fi/cyberpunk novel, I thought it would be great to get some more research down and have at least some novels along the same vein in my repertoire of books read. I remember enjoying most of it, with some references going over my head just because I wasn’t alive in 80s (but not religiously following 80s pop culture like the main character either).
But after seeing the trailer for the new film adaptation, and just from what I remember when reading it, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. I remember loving one character in particular (who I won’t talk about due to spoilers), but I think overall this book is more geared towards middle-aged men who miss being a teen in the 80s. It was written for them and without anyone else in mind. I don’t think I’ll ever reread, nor am I going to see the film, but if I did reread it, I’d probably have less fonder feelings about it.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I got through the first three books of this series because I was just a little YA blogger looking to get into the big leagues by reading the series that every blogger and booktuber and bookstagrammer was talking about. Since reading so much more (and better) YA and fantasy, I know for a fact I wouldn’t have dealt with the bullshit that has gone down in this series. I overlooked overused plot devices, character tropes, and everything stereotypical about this series. I did pack it in after the third book and decided not to continue, but really I should have done it way sooner.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I more or less feel the same way with Throne of Glass as I do with The Mortal Instruments. I read these books because I wanted to be reading what everyone else was reading. But, after a big gap between reading Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, I’d forgotten what happened. I’ve sold my beautiful hardcovers and have decided that if I really want to continue this series, I can take them out of the library. But honestly? Alpha male carbon copies? Nah, I’m good.
I gave Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire all four stars each, but again, I think most of it was fear of not enjoying them and fear of people knowing that fact. If I read these again, I feel I’d be a lot more critical and harsh on them – on any Sarah J. Maas novel probably.
What are some books that you remember enjoying but know you might not if you re-read them?