TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I ENJOYED MORE ON A REREAD

Happy Tuesday, you all! Also, happy Ramadan for those who follow it! So, topic for this week was the Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself. The truth is that there has been very few characters that remind me of myself.

I grew up thinking of certain characters as similar but those were more wishful thinking of me aspiring to be them. And now, when I read, I may relate to characters due to certain decisions they make or maybe certain characteristics they have, but I rarely find a character that totally reminds me of myself.

So, this is why, I’ve decided to list down the books I enjoyed more when reading a second time. Now, I tend to reread books a lot. I just like the comfort of revisiting what I have already enjoyed.

Just for clarification, all the books I list are books I liked the first time I read them, but the second read absolutely sealed it for me!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix : I read the book when I was in high school, and I found it to be too long and serious. I also found Harry very annoying with his teenage angst and temper. But after I reread it when I was a little older, I learned to appreciate the book for the gem it is, with its intricate and detailed plotting.

The Lord of The Rings : Again, I read the series when I was too young and was frustrated by ?the difficult and complex language. But reading it later only made me admire the amazing storytelling.

Finnikin of The Rock : Lumatere Chronicles is one of my favorite fantasy series. It’s subtle and unconventional. But it took me a long time to get through the first quarter of the book. Also, funny story. I read it a long ago when I’d simply download the books illegally and my version had the last quarter missing. That left me feeling that the ending was abrupt. So, when bought the book later and reread it, you can’t imagine by delight at finding there was more read!

Court of Thorns And Roses : Although, I really liked the book, particularly the last half, I had a lot of issues with it. The romance was not my cup of tea. Tamlin did a lot of things (or rather didn’t do them) to make me be lukewarm about him. So when I reread it after reading the second book, I could understand and appreciate what the author was trying to do, knowing the bigger picture

Dreams of Gods & Monsters : It is the installment of the final trilogy. I did like it but I wasn’t happy with the ending. It left me confused. But after reading it a second time, I think I understood the ending better I also think that not having reread the first two books before reading this one for the first time did not help the matter. Thhe second time I read it, I read the whole series together, so I remembered all the small details perfectly and enjoyed the ending more.

The Seven & Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle : The plot was a little too complex for me to understand all the little twists and the role of all those characters during my first read. So, I read it again just to understand the storytelling better and that worked. I liked the brilliant writing even more on a second time reading.

The Hating Game : For some reason, I found on my first read of the book that Josh and particularly Lucy were unnecessarily creating hurdles in their own romance. Like, they were overthinking too much. But I grew to enjoy the banter and the games a lot more on reading it a second time and a third and a fourth and a fifth….. you catch my drift, right?

On the Jellicoe Road : I found the games and rivalry between the different schools a little to confusing and meaningless in my first read. But I think the multiple reads cured the confusion. It’s now one of my all-time favorite contemporary young adult reads.

Amour Amour : I liked the romance but was not engaged by the circus parts the first time I read it. I think I wasn’t on the mood for that, maybe. Because when I reread it a second time, I found myself enjoying all of it.

The Beau & The Belle : I realized when I was reading the book for the first time that I wasn’t in the perfect mood for it then. So, I decided to reread it again when I was next in the mood for a cute and light romance. And I loved it when I read it again.


What do you guys think? I realize that this happens to me a lot that my opinion of a book changes when I read it for the second time, be it for the better or the worse. And I do reread books a lot! What about you guys? Does it happen to you too? Let me know!

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK QUOTES

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

The topic this week is top ten inspirational or thought provoking quotes. Here we go –


 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
“Wishes don’t just come true. They’re only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bull’s-eye yourself.”
“And apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.”
“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
 “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”
Emma
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

Top Ten Tuesday : Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Happy Tuesday, peeps! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I like this week’s prompt – Longest Books I’ve Ever Read – a lot because I’ve read a number of long books in my days.

I’ve generally had positive experiences with long books. Well, if I start a long book and it doesn’t grab my interest at the beginning, I do have the bad habit of dropping it. But, even so, most lengthy books I’ve read actually rarely disappointed me as a whole.

I think there are a lot more 700 odd-pages books I’ve read but I have skimmed through parts of more of them than not. So, I’ll only talk about the books I’ve read without skimming.

P.S. I won’t specify the pages as different editions have different numbers of pages, I’ll just talk about the page-range based on the editions I own.


 1000-odd Pages

Lord Of The Rings | J. R.R. Tolkien : I have a humongous book with the compilation of the trilogy. It might be the largest book I own.

Gone With The Wind | Margaret Mitchell : I talked in previous post about what an emotionally draining this book was for me. It took me a week to finish it and another week to recover from it. I’d never felt this accomplished as a reader before this, and rightly so, because this is the lengthiest single book I’ve read. After reading this a second time a year later, I decided I was a masochist and never dared to read it again. It has a lot of themes and controversies, but it stands out to me as the the most cynical and yet one of the best romances I’ve read.

 800-odd Pages

  

Outlander | Diana Gabaldon : I’ll be honest with you. I don’t remember the details of the books. I know what happened as a major arc but the minor details evade me. And that’s because I only read this book one time. But I’ll admit that it’s more due to my own whims as a reader than the book itself.

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix | J. K. Rowling : Initially, this was my least favorite book of the Harry Potter series. But as I grew older and reread this a few more times, I learned to appreciate this book for what it was – a real gem. Suffice it to say, it’s no longer my least favorite. Not even close.

700 odd Pages


Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows | J. K. Rowling : I finished this book in one sitting. Took me probably 8/9 hours. Later I regretted having devoured it so fast and wished I would’ve taken more time to savor every line the first time I read them. Self-control has never been never my strong suit.

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire | J. K. Rowling : For a long time, this was my favorite book of the series. Even more than Prisoner Of Azkaban. I remember reading this book during a blackout in candlelight and gasping out loud when Harry’s name was announced from the goblet. Ah, good times!

Angels & Demons | Dan Brown : There was an extraordinary buzz around this book when I read it. Everyone around me was declaring this the best book they’d read. While I liked it, I wasn’t blown away by it like the rest of the population. This always happens to me with books with such hype. I’m now more cautious with my expectations for books with praises all around.

Dragonfly In Amber | Diana Gabaldon : I read this book one time just like its predecessor. Gabaldon is a magnificent writer. I loved the series the first and only time I read it, (well, the first three books – I never read the rest of the series). I just think that it just requires a lot of energy and attention from the reader which I never felt like mustering a second time.

Court of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J. Mass : I absolutely loved this book when I first read it. I was aware of the flaws in the back of mind as I read through them but I didn’t mind them. I enjoyed and gobbled it up pretty fast for such a huge book.

Breaking Dawn | Stephenie Meyer : Such a mess. This book was like a horrible trainwreck I couldn’t take my eyes off. And that’s the only reason I could finish it. I don’t think I’ve read many worse conclusions to a trilogy than this.


I was surprised to discover while writing this post that books I thought were among my lengthiest reads – actually weren’t. Maybe it’s because of factors like font size, spacing and page sizes. Who knows? But this was fun!