Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

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This week's topic is

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 you became more well read in that genre etc.)

 

 

 

 *Beth's Choice*

1. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows 

(More Love)

My Lady Jane

 

At first glance of My Lady Jane I absolutely fell in love with the cover. I mean seriously...Who can resist that cover? "Off with her head" Yep! I instantly knew I wanted to read this book and then to see that it was written by not one but THREE fabulous YA authors..Yes this book was for me. 

My only holdback regarding this book was the fact that I have never really read a book that was listed as humor as part of the genre. I wasnt sure if I would enjoy a "funny" young adult book...and then I opened the book to the first page...and that holdback went right out the door. My Lady Jane is fascinating from the first page to the very last page. I am absolutely and completely obsessed with this book now and really hope all of the young adult readers out there will check it out IMMEDIATELY upon release! Phenomenal and expertly written by three amazing young adult authors. 

 

 

 *Kayla's Choice's*

2. THE TWILIGHT SERIES by Stephanie Meyer 

(Complicated Feelings)

Twilight (Twilight #1)

 

This series was a tremendous part of my high school experience. And while I still believe Stephenie Meyer is a fantastic storyteller, I do think the writing in this series is lacking. That being said, I did read LIFE AND DEATH, and was thrilled at a second chance to fall back into this supernatural world. With a complete gender bend, Meyer addressed some long standing issue readers had with her novels, and more than that, there is clear growth in her writing. I'm not sure many authors get the chance to rewrite their novels, especially not ten years later, but Meyer took this chance and crafted a story that reminded me why I first loved her books, and why reading can be so magical! 

 

3. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

(More Love)

 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

In a time where diverse books are finally the norm (seriously my last YABC book haul was filled with diverse literature) it is difficult to think back to a time when YA wasn't really a "thing" and when having characters with anxiety or mental illness, gay YA characters, even drugs, sex; all things taboo seemed even more nonexistent. Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel explores issues of anxiety, friendship, sexuality, and most importantly, what it feels like to be an outsider. I found this book much later than I should have. I honestly think this novel would have made my high school experience less traumatic, but even still, I have more love for this novel amidst our changing times when none of these things are exempt from YA literature!

 

4. FELL OF DARK by Patrick Downes

(More Love)

Fell of Dark

 

I read this book as research on handling the topic of an unraveling mind, and what I found was a thrilling and heartbreaking story of two boys who cannot trust their own minds, who have no idea that they are mentally ill. My biggest issue with this is that so many reviews were negative because too many people believed this was a fantasy and they didn't "buy" into this fantasy world. I think much of this came from the fact that one character was described as performing miracles. Though these tough topics are getting easier to talk about the more they are presented, there are still too many books that attempt to sugar coat these experiences. FELL OF DARK is not one of those books, and for that reason, I have even more love for this book!  I don't think there is enough praise for this exquisitely written novel that tackles mental illness and all of its darkness. 

 

 *Melissa's Choice*

5. WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman 

(More Love)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

 I find myself more in love with the story than how I felt two years ago when I first read it. My initial reaction was disappointment with Adam's and Mia's situation, how things were not okay between them to how I hoped it would be at the end of If I Stay. I was a bit more mad with Mia than Adam to be honest. However, I understand now. I understand the decisions that both characters made despite how much it hurt me, the reader. Now I fully support Mia. Everything. And can't stop thinking how beautiful the story is.

 

 

 *Kim's Choice* 

 (More Love)

6. GO ASK ALICE by Beatrice Sparks 

46799

 

This book was huge when I was a teen.  It was banned from a number of school libraries for it's controversial topic of teen drug addiction.  In the 80s people thought if you didn't talk about sensitive topics like drugs,and heaven forbid sex, then they didn't happen.  This was also the time of the whole Nancy Reagan 'Say No' to drugs.  **Even now I can see my friends rolling my eyes over that.  I was able to grab a copy at the local library and couldn't put it down.  Maybe the reason why this book really spoke to me is I knew a number of people including a best friend who took LSD and the painful consequences that followed.  Now that I look back, I know that this book probably wasn't non-fiction like it marketed back when I was a teen.  Instead of feeling manipulated, I'm glad that there were some publishers willing to write up on a topic that hit home for many.  Later other authors would tackle these issues like my all-time favorite YA author Ellen Hopkins.

 

 *Elisha's Choice* 

 (More Love)

 7. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

 The Fault In Our Stars

 

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 

*Alison's Choice* 

 (More Love)

 8. UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

Uprooted

 

First time I read this, I was thoroughly entertained and bedazzled. Then I read it again. And again. And again. And again. I still love it, and I absolutely enjoy the subtleness in Novik's standalone novel. The subtleness in characters, in the story, in the relationships... Oh, great. Now, I want to read it again.  

 

 9. THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead

(More Love)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) 

 

 First time I read this, I was thoroughly entertained and bedazzled. Then I read it again. And again. And again. And again. I still love it, and I absolutely enjoy the subtleness in Novik's standalone novel. The subtleness in characters, in the story, in the relationships... Oh, great. Now, I want to read it again. 

 

10. THE TWILIGHT SERIES by Stephanie Meyer 

(Less Love)

 Twilight (Twilight #1)

 

 This used to be a big part of my early childhood. I used to enjoy it very much, and I thought it was the most perfect story that has ever been written. But a few years later and a thousand books read and absorbed, I realize that I have seriously overestimated the series. There are far better books in the vampire genre, but I'll always be thankful for Meyer for bringing me back to the reading world.

 

 

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