Top Ten Tuesday #24: Changing Feelings on Books

This topic was really hard for me. I am very opinionated, and I don’t often change my mind. I never checked over my work when taking tests in school. Second guessing myself was just not a good idea. My initial instincts were usually right. That sounds conceited, but I don’t mean it that way. I just know what I like and my assessment of things right away.

What has changed for me though as I’ve gotten older, and especially now that I read so many books, is my memory. It sucks! That’s a huge part of why I started using Goodreads to keep track of my reading before I started blogging. So I could remember whether I liked a book or not after I read it in case someone asked me about it. Then I realized that the rating wasn’t always enough to help me remember why I like or didn’t like a book. One of the reasons I started this blog was so that I could write about the books I read, so I’d have the review to help me recall what I thought about the book specifically.

For books that I read before I started using Goodreads, I will mark them as read, but I don’t ever add a rating because I know it won’t be that accurate. I don’t second guess the ratings I’ve given, but I do know that my recollection of a book is usually more positive than my feelings were while I was actually reading it.

So for today’s topic, I am going to share 10 books I read before I started using Goodreads. We can assume that I enjoyed these books somewhat, but perhaps not as much as I remember enjoying them.

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern

The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

Have you read any of these books? Can you help me recall why I may have liked them? Or maybe why they weren’t as good as I might be remembering?




This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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6 Comments

  1. Her Fearful Symmetry is a book I thought I quite enjoyed until I did some book decluttering upon moving house and realised that I didn't much like it at all… Especially when I compared to The Time Traveler's Wife. I think I was largely keeping it because I was 'building a collection' of books by that author.

    Reading With Jade

    1. OMG. I did not remember that she also wrote The Time Traveler's Wife. That's probably why I bought Her Fearful Symmetry. I remember it being SO weird, but kind of like a circus freak show, where you can't look away. I got rid of it eventually as well, but I have returned to The Time Traveler's Wife over and over (on audio). I love that book. It's one of my all time favorites.

    1. Yes, re-reading can sometimes bring different thoughts. I started Love Walked In recently, which I LOVED years ago, and I had a hard time getting into it. It has SO much description. I read so much now that I don't have patience for overly descriptive books.

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