Happy Tuesday storytellers! I am back with another Top Five Tuesday post because I simply could not pass this one up (and also I low key think I am getting addicted to them?).
THIS WEEK’S TOPIC:
Top 5 books you would re-rate
“Are there books out there that you loved the first time you read them, but now not so much? Or maybe it’s the opposite and you didn’t enjoy a book the first time you read it, but later on you changed your mind? Share all those books with us!!” – Meeghan Reads
So grab some popcorn and your favorite nostalgic blanket, and lets reminisce!
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
This could be said for the entire series sans the first book, Hush, Hush, but I use to adore these books and had them all over my wall of quotes in college. If people asked me what my top three favorite series were–the Hush, Hush series was in there. However, a year or so ago; me and Jamsu @ JamsuDreams took the leap and reread the series together. Apart from the first novel, it took everything in me to finish each book and I remember almost crying at the thought of having to read yet another book in the series. The Characters fell super stagnant after the first book (especially in Finale) and things that were happening made absolutely no sense and came out of left field on more than one occasion. Also, holy hell I wanted to yeet our heroine off the side of a bridge nine times out of ten.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I would like to preface this by saying, I use to Hate classics. I dreaded their very existence growing up because I could never connect with anything that was going in the story or with the characters, and this mentality played a lot in my subversion to the historical fiction genre as a whole. However, the universe said “bet” one day, and gave me an itch to give good ol’ Mr. Darcy one more try. I was older now, I’ve lived and felt more since my middle school/freshman year of high school days. I was ready for Jane and her writing.
I was not ready for Jane and her writing. P&P was so simplistic as it was deep and I honestly don’t understand what I thought was so bad about it. Re-reading it a few years ago I found things I never noticed before that deepened the story in a way that made me like it even more, plus I audiobooked it–so I am of the firm belief that listening to it aided its cause more so than anything. Suffice to say, I can now look into my mothers eyes when she asks to watch P&P and say I don’t mind.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
You can blame Clary for this one. I CANNNOOOTTTTT with this series. Literally would rather shove toothpicks in my eye than try to read this book series again. Its not even the pseudo-incest that deters me (I read enough wild romance novels to not get disturbed by that anymore), but rather its Clary’s back and forth behavior and indecisiveness that annoys me. Clary’s lack of emotion to anyone else feelings but her own and her lack of self preservation is the nail in coffin for me. Sometimes I sit back and wonder what went through my pure and innocent brain when I gave this book a five star rating. I think I was high on paint fumes.
Fallen by Lauren Kate
I read this right after I demolished Hush, Hush and was in a fallen angel phase. I really don’t know what to say without completely embarrassing myself, but this was bad. Past Sam kind of knew that it was the great piece of storytelling out there and I guess I was super lenient and nice with the rating for this one (at least I hope this was the case). But in the words of American Idol: “Its a no for me dawg.”
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Alright folks, originally I rated this bad boy a one star rating (for obvious reasons). But honestly, I have shamelessly read this final installment more times than a one star book should be read. The writing isn’t the best, some of the actions the characters do are borderline (if not) toxic, and the dialogue is nice big yikes fest. But give me a horrible day at work and zero patience for man kind, and I will slip into my comfy chair with a margarita and read all about how Christian Grey got butt hurt that his wife is pregnant, and I’ll even pretend to be shocked like he wasn’t the one who helped her get into that predicament in the first place! Clearly I like to live on the edge of sanity.
What about you? What book would you re-rate?