Top Ten Books I’ve Changed My Mind On

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Hello and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday list! This week’s theme has to do with books we feel differently about after time has passed, which is such an interesting topic personally. I’ve been reading YA for give or take ten years, essentially since I was an actual teen, and when I look back, occasionally I’d find myself disliking books I used to love. 

This isn’t much of a surprise. I grew up, after all, and I more perceptive, more critical of what I read. If before I didn’t care much about the kind of message a book is sending, I kind of do now. If before I didn’t mind much that characters fall in love in what feels like the blink of an eye, that kind of thing really bothers me now.

Honestly speaking, I’m not very loyal to my ratings. I change my mind all the time, and I do so with gusto — because why shouldn’t I? Without further ado, here are some books I’ve changed my mind on. 🙂

1) Divergent – Veronica Roth

Divergent Veronica RothIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★★

CURRENT RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Once upon a time, I rated Divergent five stars (hence my starstruck review). And then I realised I barely remember anything about it and can only recall parts that made me go “huh?” and not in a good way either. There were just way too many loopholes in the world-building that, now that I have a bit more brain, make the whole book fall apart.

2) All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

All The Bright PlacesTheodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★★

CURRENT RATING: ★★★★☆

Eep. All The Bright Places was one of my higher-rated reads from last year, but upon reflection and after a while, it just didn’t warrant the original five-star rating I gave it. I still like it, but the whole book felt kind of… forgettable to me. It hasn’t been a full year and I have forgotten pretty much most of what happened.

3) Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

Twilight Stephenie MeyerAbout three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★★

CURRENT RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Does this surprise anyone? 😛 I first read Twilight when I was 15 and thought it had everything I wanted in a vampire YA romance. Mind you — I was young and impressionable and had no idea what it means to be in a relationship. Now that I’m older, I realise that Bella and Edward make up one of the creepiest, unhealthiest, most co-dependent relationships I’ve ever had the (dis) pleasure to read about in fiction. D:

4) Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Anna and The French Kiss Stephanie PerkinsAnna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★☆

CURRENT RATING: ★★★☆☆

My Goodreads review of Anna and the French Kiss was actually a four-star review of the book, but after thinking it over, I realised that there were parts of the book current me would hate (i.e. Etienne St. Clair). Past me thought even with him the book warranted four stars, but not current me. I have no patience for boys who can’t make up their mind and end up leading on not just one, but two girls!

5) The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

the star-touched queenMaya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★☆

CURRENT RATING: ★★★☆☆

The Star-Touched Queen is probably one of my more recent rating changes — I hovered very hard between a four-star and a three-star for this book. While I enjoyed almost every second of it, it just didn’t rank as highly as my other four-star books, though it’s not as un-enjoyable as my three-star books. It’s actually more like a 3.5 stars, but I don’t do half-ratings, so 3 stars it is. D:

6) Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

Bloodlines Richelle MeadSydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★★

CURRENT RATING: ★★★☆☆

Bloodlines used to be in my favourites list on Goodreads — it’s a list I’m really, really careful about keeping accurate, mostly because not all five-star books make it there (in fact, star ratings aren’t my criteria for this).

Unfortunately, upon reflection I just ended up not liking this book as much as I originally thought — in fact, the whole series is kind of a dud to me and Richelle Mead has unfortunately been taken off my insta-TBR author list. The Adrian I loved in Vampire Academy pretty much disappears around Sydney, I think. 😦

7) Love, Rosie – Cecelia Ahern

shelatitude_loverosieRosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She’s pregnant by a boy she’d gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn’t done with them yet.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★★

CURRENT RATING: ★★★☆☆

I first read Love, Rosie as a teenager and absolutely loved it — what a grand, romantic love story spanning over the years! It’s a story about two people against the odds! But then I realised that the only thing keeping these two from getting together was one very simple thing: their total lack of communication. If only either of them had said something, this 512-page beauty would be, like, maybe 150 pages. 😛

8) Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush Becca FitzpatrickRomance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★★☆

CURRENT RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Hush, Hush is another case of “I grew up and NOW EVERYTHING IS WRONG”. I’m pretty sure if I look at 30-40% of the books I read as a teenager, chances are I might change many of those ratings as well — I just got to this one earlier. 15-year-old me thought dark, broody and mysterious was sexy and rooted for the romance in this book, but current me has no time for dark, broody and mysterious anymore. Farewell, angsty boys who make the narrator fight tooth and nail for answers!

9) Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

shelatitude_mebeforeyouLou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

PREVIOUS RATING: ★★★☆☆

CURRENT RATING: ★★★★☆

A bit of an exception here, because with Me Before You, I actually upped my rating instead of lowering it like the majority of this list. The story is just so memorable — I read it when it was first published and before it got popular, and I still remember how it made me feel, which just doesn’t happen given my rather short-term memory.

10) Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Throne_of_Glass_UKIn the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

PREVIOUS RATING: ★☆☆☆☆

CURRENT RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Yes, I did give Throne of Glass a one-star rating, but after reading a few more books and giving them also one-star, I realised I might have been too harsh on this one. Despite my many reservations about Celaena, this book just wasn’t as bad as, say, Emily Albright’s The Heir and the Spare, Lauren James’s The Next Together or Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light. Maas’s writing deserved better too, in my opinion. 😛

What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments!

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80 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’ve Changed My Mind On

  1. I was the same way about Divergent – I loved it when I first read it (it was so action-packed and unputdownable), but the more I thought about it the more flaws I found in it. And I gave The Star-Touched Queen a 3 star rating too. xD Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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  2. I haven’t reread the Divergent series, but I do vividly remember the loopholes in the world building and having to suspend my disbelief for parts while reading the series the first time. I haven’t read Anna in a number of years, but I’m not sure I would really like it anymore.

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  3. Did you just give a one star bonus to ToG out of pity? OMG you did. Hahaha. That sounds so cruel but it’s actually not because I feel the same about Crown of Midnight now that I think about it. We didn’t know better back then, did we?

    I kind of understand about your rating change on Star Touched Queen even though it was one of your more recent reads. Many times, I’m very impulsive when rating a book right after finishing it. I usually need a couple of days, sometimes a week, to decide on my actual rating.

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    • It wasn’t out of pity! Let’s just say it’s out of… perspective. The blinds have been lifted. My eyes have been opened. Now I see the light. Et cetera, et cetera. 😛

      But yeah, I think I just kind of realised that it just didn’t deserve that low of a rating – I’ve disliked some other books since then that were way worse. I think it’s definitely a good idea to let the rating/your thoughts sit down for a bit before you actually write them out – like you, I tend to be impulsive too, hence all the rating changes now!

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  4. I loved the Divergent series so much I don’t even want to think about re-reading it because I don’t want those feelings ruined, haha. I’m also having the same issue with The Star-Touched Queen. I’ve spent so long trying to decide if I want 3 or 4 stars. I think I’m going with 4, but purely because I wanted to marry the writing style. I do feel like 4’s a tad generous though, but I don’t do half ratings either so, haha.

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  5. I have to agree with you on a lot of these, particularly on The Star Touched Queen. I enjoyed the writing a lot but I’m not sure if it’s memorable?

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  6. I agree with you on so many of these! I loved Hush Hush when I devoured it a few years ago, but looking back now, I can see how disgustingly sexist and creepy Patch was. I can’t believe I ever thought he was swoon-worthy! I loved Twilight, like you, a couple years ago too, but I know that if I was to read it now I would hate it (for similar reasons too Hush Hush). I really loved Divergent when I read it, and I think I would still really enjoy it now, but I’m not sure if I would be a fan of the world building, because looking back, I can see a lot of flaws with the series, even if I do still cherish the books ❤

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    • I know! I think that goes with almost all broody, dark love interests – used to love them and be so into it when I was younger, but not anymore. 😛

      Divergent was just one of those series that didn’t age well at all in my head! I never continued on with the second/third/fourth books because the loopholes were just too hard to ignore.

      Thanks for your comment. ❤

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  7. Oh I agree with Divergent! I loved it and even Insurgent for a long time, but looking back at them they just weren’t that well done. Though I must admit that Allegiant left such a bad taste in my mouth I haven’t been the least bit interested in going back to re-reading the series.

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    • I didn’t continue after Divergent! At that time I wasn’t sure if it was the right decision but after hearing what people think about the ending, I’m kind of glad I didn’t. There are better books out there to read, haha.

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  8. Reblogged this on forthenovellovers and commented:
    I agree with almost everything in this post EXCEPT for me before you – it was idiotic and demeaning to disabled people who actually have to deal with those issues on a day to day basis and ToG as the first book was amazballs but went downhill from there.

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