In which we talk about books. Surprised?
Let’s Discuss: What If You Read It Now?
Earlier today I posed this question on Twitter:
I often wonder: "What if I read it now?" What books do you think you'd rate differently now then when you first read them?
— Lisa Parkin (@LisaMParkin) September 30, 2015
I was going through my past review stats on Goodreads and took a long look at the books I read and rated in 2011 and 2012 (time, you cruel master). The question I tweeted is all I could think about as I reviewed those older titles.
Have you ever asked yourself the same thing: What if I read that book now?
What if I read Divergent, Cinder or The Raven Boys now instead of 3-4 years ago?
What books do you wonder that about? Are there any books you KNOW for sure you’d consider differently?
I’m pretty sure I’d rethink my stance on Matched. With such a popular genre like dystopia, you almost have to read it in the moment or else another book will come along and do it better/differently and ultimately clouds judgements.
Books I KNOW will stand the test of time: our beloved Harry Potter heptalogy (that is a real word for a series of 7 works!), The Lunar Chronicles, anything by Holly Black or Kristin Cashore.
Here’s what some other people said in response:
@LisaMParkin TWILIGHT. I read it back in 2006…would I feel the same way about it?! That was almost TEN years ago!
— Isabel Davis (@isabel9thLP) September 30, 2015
@LisaMParkin Books I have read before blogging I have reread and I have loved them just as much. I was terrified I wouldn't though.
— Andi (@andiABCs) September 30, 2015
This one was particularly well-said and a sentiment I completely agree with:
@LisaMParkin I think I've decided that blogging is like a review of a moment, as much as the book. (I would reread Jersey Girl/Beth Bauman.)
— Estelle (@thatsostelle) September 30, 2015
When we read, it’s a reflection of who we are in that moment. Do you feel the same way?
Tell me your thoughts in the comments!