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

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed. I could only come up with four books this week. Even then I was kind of grasping at straws. Sorry.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Okay, so I admit I loved this series when I read it. The writing may not have been superb, but I was swept away by Ana’s emotions. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve started to think different about it. I blame that on 1) the movie and 2) Grey. The movie ruined it for me because without Ana’s inner dialog, it was all about Christian wanting to have rough sex with her. The feelings were completely lost. Grey contributed to the ruin by letting me in Christian’s head. I’m sorry, but he was a terrible person before Ana. His love for her may have redeemed him, but not in my eyes. So, I don’t know that I would love this series the way I did originally if I were to reread it.

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Mare Barrow Bone Marrow was so annoying in Glass Sword that I think I’ve pretty much forgotten how much I originally enjoyed Red Queen. High hopes she’s less annoying in book 3.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

When I first read it, I thought it was a fun story about a girl going to school in Paris. The more I’ve thought about it since I read it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I hated Anna’s relationship with Étienne. She purposefully went after a guy who was in a relationship. That bugs me.

 4. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I gave Slammed 5 stars because I loved Colleen Hoover’s writing, even though I hated how Will and Lake’s relationship started. While I still would say this book is really good, I might take away a star for the way the relationship started. It’s one of my least favorite relationship tropes.

Were any of these on your list?

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed”

  1. I definitely agree with you about Anna and the French Kiss. When they actually got together I found myself rooting for them but the build up, the push and pull and the fact that Etienne didn’t end things with his gf sooner bugged the hell out of me. I preferred their interactions in the companion novels more than I do in their book.

    1. Yeah, it was a tough one. My thoughts don’t normally change. Maybe they would if I was a re-reader.

  2. I so have to agree on Mare being annoying as heck in Glass Sword. What was up with that? Was she that way in Red Queen as well, but I blocked it out because there was a whole new world to discover? It bugs me so much ahaha

    1. I don’t remember her being like that in RQ at all. I’m not sure what happened to her personality!

  3. I agree with you about Anna and The French Kiss. We can’t only blame Anna though. St Clair is the one who had a girl friend. On top of that, I hate him even more because he is EXTRA clingy!! I can’t handle that. Everywhere Anna goes, you will always find him. He’s like her human sized backpack! Too much! 😐

  4. Hahaha I always want to read Mare’s name as Bone Marrow. Glad I’m not the only one. I’m sad to see that she gets annoying in Glass Sword, because I just read Red Queen and I liked her a lot. Fingers crossed for book three. If I remember Slammed correctly, then the trope you hate is actually one of my favorites. Great list, though!

    My TTT!

    1. Thank you! Glass Sword had it’s moments. It was just Mare that drove me nuts. 🙂

  5. OMG, Bone Marrow, haha. I found Mare already annoying in Red Queen (I didn’t like the whole book) so I didn’t continue on with the series, but it’s such a shame. 😛

    And yeah, Anna bugged me too. I mean of course it’s Etienne’s fault because he’s the one in the relationship, but she was also a willing, knowing participant.

    1. That’s what I would call her every time I read her name. Lol. Totally agree on the Etienne thing but Anna drove me nuts because she knew and still went after him.

  6. Great list! I also don’t like Fifty Shades as much as I did when I first read it. It wasn’t well written, but was a fun read. After the movie, though, it seemed tarnished. Plus, Ana was unrealistic to me.

    1. So unrealistic! I think the movie definitely ruined it. 🙁 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Anna is the only one of these I’ve read–and though I admit the relationship problems are terrible, it’s still cute and funny enough that I enjoy re-reading from time to time. I figure romance-logic requires someone in the relationship to be a idiot, for conflict.

  8. I agree with Anna and the French Kiss. Though I didn’t give it a super high rating to begin with, I did enjoy it and I was always recommending it for it’s cuteness…but, yeah, the whole cheating aspect is so not good.

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