Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I thought this would be a hard topic, but, once I really started thinking about it, it pretty much wrote itself.  I find discussions about one's reading evolution fascinating and this was a quick and easy way for me to think about how my tastes have changed over the years.

The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters, #1)
1. The Perfect Rake by Anne Grace (historical romance)
I read this very early on in my historical romance binge and thought it was nice, but boring.  Now I appreciate its beautiful prose and the fact that it twisted tropes around.  I plan on re-reading it very soon and really delving into my changing opinion.

Enchanted (Medieval, #3)
2. Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell (historical romance)
I still find this medieval love story to be engrossing and romantic, but the hero has some major jerk tendencies.  His mistrust of the heroine is over-the-top and, if I read it for the first time now, I don't think I would care much for him.  But, the nostalgia of how I felt when I first read this book is still there so my feelings about it are complicated.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (contemporary romance)
I read this early on in its popularity and, while I did find issues with the hero and the depiction of BDSM, I did like it.  But, after reading more about BDSM and reading the other installments, I would definitely bring my rating down significantly if I read it again.

Eden Burning
4. Eden Burning by Elizabeth Lowell (contemporary romance)
I discovered this on my mother's bookshelf when I was in middle school and became absorbed in the world.  I especially enjoyed the dance element and the heroine.  But, I re-read this a few years ago and was appalled by the hero and his treatment of the heroine.  He was just horrible and never really groveled enough.

The Devil's Web (Web, #3)
5. Devil's Web by Mary Balogh (historical romance)
I adore Balogh's historicals, but not all of them are hits.  I was really looking forward to this book because the hero and heroine had been circling around each other for the past two installments in the series.  I think I was so happy that they finally got together that I overlooked the significant issues with the story.  A re-read led me to discover major communication problems that could easily have been solved with a single conversation.

Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2)
6. Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase (historical romance)
I gorged myself on Loretta Chase's backlist after reading Lord of Scoundrels and I do remember liking this book.  But, when I re-read it last year, I was blown away with the fabulous characterization, detailed setting, and beautiful love story that I don't think I really got on my first read.

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
7. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (paranormal romance)
I liked this first Psy-Changeling book, but had a hard time getting into it for some reason.  But, now that I am obsessed with the series, I re-read it and understand much more what the author was doing.  It definitely improved upon a second reading and I look forward to seeing that happen with other books in the series.

Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)
8. Lover Reborn by JR Ward (paranormal romance)
I had been waiting for Tohrment's HEA for so long that I don't think I paid much attention to the issues in this book.  I also didn't care for the previous book in the series so the fact that Lover Reborn was better helped hide some problems.  Upon reflection, I can tell that this is when the secondary plotlines really started to take over the primary romance.

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
9. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (YA paranormal)
This was a unique read for me because of the angels aspect so I think that made me enjoy it more than I would nowadays.  My tolerance for love triangles is also much lower which is a big part of this book's romantic plotline.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
10. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (YA paranormal)
When I read this book, I knew that it was doing something different with its magic school storyline.  But, I really understand how unique it is since I've read more books with similar themes.  The thing that really stands out to me now is the dark humor.


  1. I felt the same way about Hex Hall! I was so-so on upon first read, but when I reread it, I loved it so much I read the whole series.

  2. I almost included Unearthly on my list too! I agree with you. I was so sucked in when I first read it, but then I read the second book, and ugh! And I like the first book even less now.

    Also, I sooo need to read more Loretta Chase!

  3. oh this is a great list. I just adore the Psy Changeling series---so fantastically written. I do love it more and more, the more I re read those books. I also had issues about Lover ReBorn too---it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I still haven't finished this series because of the multiple plot lines.

  4. Fantastic list :)
    I love the Psy-Changeling series as well! So happy to see someone else love it :)

  5. I really need to do a re-reading of the Psy-Changeling books. Especially the early ones. I binge read those ones so the first handful all kind of blur together in my mind.


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