10 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed | The Ones I Like More 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 more these days than I did when I first read them.

In some cases, I thought the book was average because I was too young to fully appreciate the book or hadn’t been exposed to much else from that genre. In other cases, I’ve always adored the book but fell even more in love with it over time!

It happens.

Check out my previous post about books I like less now than I did when I first read them! Since I was cranky af in that post, I thought I may as well end on a positive note… lmao.


1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I gave this five stars the first time I read it… Goodreads won’t let me rate it any higher, but let’s just say I love it even more now. In several of my writing courses, we’ve discussed it as an example of masterful syntax.

If you have some spare time, I’d highly recommend perusing Brooks Landon’s Building Great Sentences and notice how Coates constructs his sentences to make them twist and flow and create suspense. I fuckign love discussing not just WHAT is written on the page, but HOW it is written to create a particular effect.

2. Holes by Louis Sachar

I’ve read this book probably three or four times now and each time, I fall a little more in love. The foreshadowing and subtle links between characters are incredible. The love story between Kate and Sam gets me every time!

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

YA het romance is? Not normally my thing? But even I have to admit that this one is so cuuuute. Plus, I love stories set at boarding schools! And descriptions of food… oh my god, the food.

4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I mean, I still have issues with this book. But I skimmed through it the other day and found it so much better than I remembered? I think teenage me was just salty that it wasn’t as magical as Harry Potter, tbh. I’ve learned my lesson!

5. Frindle by Andrew Clements

Frindle didn’t leave much of an impression on me in middle school, but now I absolutely adore it. What can I say? I’m an overly emotional English major and the final chapter between Nick and his teacher makes me cry, if I’m being totally honest.

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

With each new book in the series, I fell in love with the story just a little bit more. I went from appreciating this book to calling it one of my favorites. What did I even do with my life before I had Blue + her Raven Boys to think about?

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I first read this in sixth or seventh grade and was not too impressed, preferring Collins’ earlier Underland Chronicles instead. I reread it a couple years later when the first film came out and was just blown away. I just wish the movie franchise hadn’t dumbed down the message behind the series and made it so much less radical…

8. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

This! Book! Is! Brilliant! So very very different from the movie – darker in tone, for sure – but well worth checking out anyway. I didn’t fully understand it the first time around BECAUSE I was expecting it to be like the movie.

9. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

I basically fling copies of this book at all my friends, demanding that they read it ASAP. Can we get a goddamn movie already? Every time I read this I find another layer of depth to marvel at.

10. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl

I first read this short story collection at age nine or so, which in hindsight was too young to fully appreciate it. Now that I’m older, I realize just how brilliant Dahl’s writing is whether it’s aimed at adults or children.


What books do you like less more 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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1 Response to 10 Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed | The Ones I Like More Than When I First Read Them

  1. I think over time I like Anna less. She basically tried to steal someone else’s boyfriend. And he’s pretty much a cheater.

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