The first Top 5 Wednesday of this month is all about the books that you feel differently about after either a re-read or time to reflect after reading. I don’t re-read an awfully big amount of books, so this felt like a struggle to me, and i rarely think different about books a while after i’ve read them (unless i’m feeling like ‘i can’t remember what the hell happened?!’). Either way, here are my 5 books that i now feel differently towards than i did before.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I feel like this is my answer to the majority of book questions ever, but it has so many different layers and ways to experience it than would be on the surface. When i first read this quite a while back, i enjoyed it, it was pleasurable book. However having re-read it a few times now, i keep falling further in love with it than the last time. I absolutely love the writing style and each time i re-read it, i discover another way to look at the situation, or my opinions change slightly of the characters as i get older and they’re staying the same. My feelings differ constantly with The Fault In Our Stars.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is another book that i read a long time ago. I absolutely adore the story and the way it’s put together, however i re-read it in 2015 for my Uni course, and i must say that i was bored. I had to force myself to finish it. Whereas i think the story is remarkable, i think its the kind of read you have to read only once, it loses its spark a second time.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is one book that i took the time to reflect over. Cath is a new University student and that’s what the story is based upon, and i read this novel while i was still in University (purposefully) so that i could relate to her more. Whilst reading it, i thought it was a pretty good YA novel, it’s full of happy moments where she makes friends and more than friends with some people, and the drama that comes along with it. However on reflection, i was disappointed with Rainbow Rowell’s writing style and how she made this characters so lifeless and a little dull. There’s nothing spectacular about Fangirl.
One by Sarah Crossan
The whole point of this novel is to make you feel sympathetic towards the characters, put yourself in their shoes and think about how you would cope. Whilst reading, i was mainly going with the flow and letting it take me where the author intended. It wasn’t until afterwards when i thought about the deeper messages of the novel that i truly understood the meaning and felt something towards these brave girls in the story. I’ve said numerous times that this story makes you think about your life for a long time afterwards, and it definitely does. After reading i had so much respect for the story and the writer.
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
I also re-read The Catcher in the Rye (numerous times) for my course last year, and each time it made me think a little more about the novel and see it differently. At first i found it to be a young adults novel about a boy who is having an adventure in New York, escaping his problems. However each time i re-read it, i felt as though you picked up more and more information about Holden and the kind of person he is. Once you start thinking more in depth about the characters you start to see the novel differently and the messages that it is trying to portray.