Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
May 25: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until I became more well read in that genre etc.)
I’m not sure I’ll come up with 10, but #1 is easy.
1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: I first read this when I was about 10, and I thought it was the dumbest thing I’d ever read. (I guess I imagined myself well-read at 10.) Anyway, 30+ years later and I reread and loved it. More about this HERE.
2. I’m just going to say any novel written in stream-of-consciousness, to include most works by Faulkner, Woolf, Joyce. I hated Ulysses by James Joyce, my first experience, but the more I read of this style, the more I get used to it. Still not a favorite, probably never will be, but expanding my universe – all that.
3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: I loved this the first time, but enjoyed it even more with a recent reread. There is a good deal of foreshadowing that I missed the first time, that was very obvious with the reread.
4. The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Another one, where the different feelings are due mostly to reading as a child and then reading as an adult. As a child, I wanted Buck to remain with Thornton, his first kind and loving master; I didn’t really understand the point of the story: the primal call. As an adult, I was satisfied when Buck answered the call.
Those are the only ones that I can think of where there was a major shift in my feelings. There are many that improved somewhat with a second read. Conversely there were none that I liked less with a reread.
I might even give Ulysses a second chance someday.