It’s Not You…It’s Me: Eight Books that I Now Think Differently About

Posted May 24, 2016 by Carlisa in Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Like Less…

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

This book came out right when I was a book-blogging baby, and I just saw so. much. hype for it. And at my young blogging age, I just don’t think I could process it. So I pre-ordered it, read it, and loved it. Wrote a super-hyped review for it. Recommended it to a ton of people. Yet now…I have almost zero inclination to pick up the sequel. I think I just made it out to be more than it actually was for me in my head. And that’s okay!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I was the biggest Twilight fan—no joke. I think I’ve told this story on here before…But back in the day when I still had huge aspirations of becoming a bestselling author, my 8th grade English teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. I legitimately said, “The next Stephenie Meyer.” And not to be a hipster, but I read Twilight before it was cool, and my teacher just looked at me and said, “Who?” I nodded reassuringly, saying, “You’ll know soon enough.” Lol, this is a real story. And I went to all the midnight premieres, I think, except for the last one. But the not-so-good movies and the hype and the realization that it’s actually a pretty creepy/messed-up story has lessened by opinion on it quite a bit.

Any Nicholas Sparks book

I also used to be a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I mean, doesn’t every girl reader have a Nicholas Sparks phase? I used to think his wife was probably the luckiest girl in the world, what with his insane romance-writing capabilities. One of the last ones I read, though, was so predictable that I guessed the supposedly big-surprise-oh-my-gosh-what-the-twist ending from the first thirty pages. And I haven’t picked up one since.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read Divergent my freshman year of college, and I was super into it. I enjoy a good dystopian, and this one seemed unique and fun and kick butt. And I flew through it. And then I started the sequel where all of a sudden Tris and Four are bickering like middle schoolers, and I just couldn’t see past the writing style and the annoying tropes. I mean, I still read both the sequel and Allegiant (don’t even get me started on that one), but now I just really don’t like this series.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

I’m not going to lie. I read this series because of a boy. It was one of his favorites, and he lent me his copies of all three books last year. There’s something about reading a copy of someone’s favorite book, you know? But anyway, boy I liked + books he loved = me avidly reading them. And I think my opinion on the books was clouded by my feelings for this boy because I would never read them again. Also, don’t worry, I’m basically 213920183% sure this boy will never see this.

Books I Like More…

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

I’m putting this book here, but know now that it’s still not a favorite. I read it on my own a few years ago, and I hated it. I thought it was unbelievable and annoying, and I just did. not. like it. But then I had to read it for my YA lit class last year, and my opinion of it has slightly shifted toward the “it’s alright/maybe even good” level. I really like how he bases all of his unbelievable, crazy stuff in real life. Like he uses an article that is legitimately on the internet. You can type in the URL and it’s there. This juxtaposition is super cool, I think.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

If you’ve ever read a Hugo novel, you’d know that he loves history and architecture. And he loves describing history and architecture to a level you’ve never seen before. And his books are already massive. So when I read Les Mis during my senior year of high school, I was over all this description. I still loved the story when the story was present, but come on, Victor. Let’s be real. But in my old age (*cough four years later cough*), I’ve come to appreciate that and hope to one day I’ll read this book again.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I’ve probably read Pride and Prejudice more than any other book. Ever. I love love love it. I think I read Persuasion for the first time in middle school? Maybe early high school. And I don’t remember anything from that experience. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I mean, it’s still Austen, so I still loved it. But nothing could compare to P&P, I guess. But I had to read Persuasion for an English class a year or two ago, and I absolutely fell in love with the story. I think maybe because it related to something that was going on in my life at the time. So the words just spoke to me. It’s funny how language can do that, huh?


What books do you think about differently than you did before? Let me know in the comments!


  • Oh man, i was such a Twihard back in the day, as well. I read the books over and over, and I went to the premiere for the first movie in Japan and made eye contact with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. I refuse to reread the books now because it’ll destroy the little bubble I’ve put all those happy memories in.

    And the Divergent books? Loved the first, and then the next two just…sucked.

    I read Persuasion a while ago, but I think my overall fave is still P&P. I love it more and more each time I read it. I haven’t read the other two you mention, so I’ll have to get on them!

    • Ali (@ thebandarblog)

      I felt the exact same as you both with the Divergent books! I am not ashamed to admit, if I re-read Twilight I would probably still be obsessing over it (I’m really good at ignoring the creepy factor in those books).

    • I think P&P is still my favorite too, but I love Persuasion…I think a lot of it was that I felt like it related to me a lot at the time I re-read it.

      You saw Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson in person? I don’t even really like them anymore, but that’s still so awesome!

  • Rabiah

    Hahahaha, I’m so with you on the Twilight bandwagon. Yeah, I can’t believe I was super obsessed with the books. Eh, anyway. I need to get to a lot of the classics because I’m sure that now I would totally appreciate them more than when I was younger. Great list!!

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

    • Same with Twilight. I think classics are great, but I definitely don’t relate to a lot of them.

  • I totally agree with you on the Nicholas Sparks books. I read a couple of them a liked them, but I really cannot see myself re-reading them. They are good if you do not really like to think about the books you are reading, but as I got more into blogging and reviewing, the Nicholas Sparks books did not hold up.
    I am so glad that you changed your mind about the Unwind series. I really enjoyed it, even though it took a while to get used to. The first book was a little bit overwhelming and out-there, but Shusterman did a great job of tying the concept into the real world.

    • I haven’t read any of the sequels? Do you like them more than Unwind?

      • I have read all of the sequels, except for the last one. I think that the series does get better after the first book because the plot really develops and new characters are introduced. It definitely gets more complicated, but I really like the rest of the series.

  • Oh the Twilight days. I legit thought it was the most romantic story I had ever read and aspired to be the sort of writer Stephenie Meyer is. Then at some point down the road I thought “wait? why does he like her?” and things came crashing down from there. It’s still an entertaining story. But I no longer aspire to have a random stranger obsessively love me for being clumsy and… something?

    • Yes, yes, same here. The story doesn’t really make sense anymore…and maybe that’s just because I’m older and not 13 anymore? But so much people loved it who don’t feel the same now.

  • giovannard

    I only read the first book in the divergent series, and then was spoiled with the ending…I’ll just stick to the movies…

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    • I’ve only seen the first movie :o. Has there only been one other or has the third one been released yet?

  • Ahhh, I totally feel you with A Darker Shade of Magic. I definitely still want to read the sequel, but I was in the same boat as you: I had just started my blog and saw SO much hype that I think my brain tweaked out and pretended it was better than it was. Same with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
    And psh, Allegiant absolutely and wholeheartedly ruined that entire trilogy for me. It was a train wreck, holy crap.
    Great post! 🙂 Mariah @ Vibin With Books

    • I’m glad you feel the same about ADSOM! There was so. much. hype. I’d like to think that I’m not so easily swayed by hype now…but who knows?

      I agree, there was a ton of hype for the Wrath and the Dawn, but I still loved it. AND YES TO ALLEGIANT.

  • Jo Elliott

    Divergent was on my list this week too! Glad you changed your mind about Unwind.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/top-ten-tuesday-58/

    • A lot of people seem to be relating to the Divergent change-of-opinion phenomenon, haha.

  • The Maze Runner was such a dud of a series–I really only enjoyed The Scorch Trials though.

    Insurgent and Allegiant were disappointments. I gave Insurgent 5 stars right after I finished it but when I think back on it, I have no idea why other than that cliffhanger ending!

    • Cliffhanger endings do that to me too! I finish and just sit there stunned, and my feelings then are different than my feelings of the overall book.

  • I feel the same way about Divergent. It was one of the first dystopian books I ever read, so I LOVED it. But now … there are better ones out there. I still have yet to read Les Mis (but I love the music and movie!) but it’s so intimidating.

    • Yeah, there are SO much better dystopians. It kind of became popular in the wake of the Hunger Game’s popularity. Now I don’t think people care as much, especially about the movies.

      It is *so* intimidating. I read it in high school because I got like a billion extra credit points for it. But it took me over a month of steady reading, which is a long time for me.

  • I have legit never read a Nicholas Sparks book!! I have seen his movies though, and I can see how they might get a bit predictable at times…

    • Yeah…I liked a couple of them. But for the most part, they’re pretty predictable. But a ton of people love him, and that’s totally fine!

  • Gabi Dahlin

    Carlisa! How are you?! I have been MIA from the blogging work for forever. Anyways, I am SO there with you about Twilight and Divergent, but ADSOM still has a special space in my heart! I hope you are well <3