10 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed | The Ones I Like Less Than When I First Read Them

It happens to us all: Upon rereading a book, or even just skimming through it, we find that our opinion has changed. Today, I’m discussing the books I like less these days than I did when I first read them.

In some cases, I loved the book and my feelings later reversed. In other cases, I never liked the book much to begin with and found that my feelings against it grew even stronger with time! Sometimes I’ve grown indifferent. Sometimes I thought it was a great example of a particular genre but, upon actually becoming more well read in that genre, realized I didn’t have a clue what I was talking about earlier.

It happens.

Stay tuned for a follow-up post about books I like more now than I did when I first read them! Since I’m cranky af in this post, I thought I may as well end on a positive note… lmao.


1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’ve never been a fan of Cassandra Clare, to the point where I tried to force myself to read the second book in order to give her another chance but finally abandoned it because I just couldn’t stomach the writing. The plot is cliched and the characters are dull, but more than anything I can’t stand the humor. It’s so stilted and grating? 0/10 would not recommend.

2. Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

DSGJHKSDFHSKDFJGHSJDF I USED TO BE OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES. It seems so corny + cliched now, but when I was like eight I thought it was just the greatest thing ever. I was never that weird horse girl in your class… I was more of a cat girl.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

This has been my least favorite book in the series for years, but I do remember liking it the first time around. I don’t know… I just don’t find the main plot all that interesting here. I wanted to move on to bigger and better things.

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Can you believe I loved this series at first? Me neither. The more fantasy – especially ADULT fantasy – I read, the more I realized what a shit-tastic* job Paolini had done.

*That’s “shit” plus “fantastic,” in case you were confused. I just now made it up. You’re welcome.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The portrayals of anxiety and college life are spot on, but as time goes on I’ve grown more and more uncomfortable with the way this book is held up as a good example of LGBTQ+ YA lit when the only gay characters appear in a handful of scenes and are fetishized by the straight girl who writes fanfiction about them. So, yeah.

6. School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson

Ditto for the other Maximum Ride sequels. I love the first book – it’s so inventive and FUN – but the rest of the series is a goddamn Dumpster fire. I used to find it a tolerable Dumpster fire, but now I’m like… James, sweetie, this trash is the sort of thing I write when it’s 3 AM and hopped up on caffeine. ONLY I DON’T PUBLISH THE NONSENSE I PRODUCE AT THOSE TIMES.

7. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

If I may be blunt for a moment: God, I’m so sick of hearing about this book and its upcoming movie! Of all the wonderful, diverse LGBTQ+ YA we could’ve seen on the big screen, this is what we get?

Forever salty – no, scratch that, I’m furious – that Albertalli had the fucking GALL to write that lesbians have it easier than gay men because guys think two girls together is hot. That’s so messed up and so few people seem to give a shit.

It’s a book written by a straight person for straight people.

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The romance here just isn’t as captivating as I once thought it was… plus, I’ve since read multiple reviews describing how problematic Rowell’s descriptions of Park’s race were, which makes me very uncomfortable supporting this book anymore.

9. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I wouldn’t say I hate this book, not by any means. I just don’t feel much of anything toward it and have a hard time understanding why it became such a YA staple. The more I wonder about this the more apathetic I feel.

10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, & J.K. Rowling

I don’t know whether I find this play laughable or reprehensible… perhaps both. HOW on earth did Rowling not only agree to let this be published, but offer to help write it as well?! I haven’t been a big fan of Harry Potter for years but thinking about this installment makes me so frustrated because it was such a misstep!


What books do you like less now than you did when you first read them? Why? Are any of your answers surprising to you in some way?

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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4 Responses to 10 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed | The Ones I Like Less Than When I First Read Them

  1. Pilku on Her Phone says:

    Artémis Fowl ! I was disappointed on m’y reread of thé first Book because I loved it si much thé first Time.
    Some of your Books hère I never liked in thé first place.
    I didn’t know you liked Warriors! I loved that (those?) séries. Warriors was à cornerstone of m’y life when I was 9.
    (Typos, sorry!)

  2. Shanti says:

    I’ve read all of these except Warriors and Cursed Child… I have to say that I haven’t reread Simon since in came out, but I think I will watch the movie? I totally missed that line in the book though, that’s pretty terrible…I do feel like she had a more nuanced portrayal of lesbians in The Upside of Unrequited, but I really have no idea. Did you ever read Tailchaser’s Song? It was like epic fantasy with cats which I loved once upon the time. I reread Eragon from September to september last year, like the whole series, as part of a post I was gonna do about the portrayal of women in ‘typical’ ‘classic’ fantasy, and yeah it’s terrible,,,but the story is somehow quite compelling, and I do like the female characters he has, which are not many? They’re also somewhat fetishised. I have no desire to go back to cassandra clare at this point and also her books are so so long. I didn’t like The Host when I first read it, then I reread it and thought it was quite good, considering, and then I reread it again, and realised that it’s all nonsense. And I never liked Wallflower I just don’t get the hype?

  3. Heather says:

    I hate it now, but didn’t get it then: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Mostly because I think CSLewis narration feels like he’s talking to a dumb reader. Of course we know not to lock ourselves is a wardrobe.

    Also, wasn’t Eragon written by a teen? I think he was 17 when it was first published, so that might explain a bit. Bet he thinks differently of it now too.

    Totally agree with you on Cassandra Clare, but read it as an adult, so… there’s that.

  4. City of Bones was one of my Problematic Faves way back in early high school, and I thought it was a little ridiculous then, but with every passing year (and every new nasty thing I learn Cassandra Clare has done) it looks dumber and dumber.

    I completely get your feelings on Fangirl, too–while it moved me so much when I first read it, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to reread it without shredding it the whole time in regards to its queer rep. I think you and I had a conversation a long time ago about how the book could have had a bigger impact if Cath’s love interest had been a girl, and it had been a look at how fanfic can be a way of exploring one’s sexuality… I don’t know if you remember it, but I think about that idea every time I think about this book 😛

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