“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.”First line in Gone by Michael Grant
Reading tastes can change a lot throughout your life, so most people have books that used to be their entire world but aren’t anywhere near that today. I have recently thought about some of the books I used to love when I was younger and found myself wondering whether my reading tastes might have changed too much for me to still love them. So those are the books I’m talking about today. Books that I’m considering rereading because they used to be my favorites but now I’m afraid I might hate them. Here they are!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
I read these books back when they came out and I was the appropriate age for them. According to Goodreads, I must have really liked them because I rated them all between 4 and 5 stars. Today I remember absolutely nothing besides what the two movies included, but I’m still afraid to reread them. The reason being that I as an adult have tried to read Riordan’s follow-up series, The Heroes of Olympus and only got three books in before I had to give up. I kind of took it as a sign that Middle Grade and I don’t do well together because Riordan is so popular. So I don’t want to ruin the vague but fond memories I have of the first series by rereading it.
The Shamer Chronicles by Lene Kaaberbøl
Another series I read as a child but this I remember much more clearly. Probably because I at one point was just switching back and forth between rereading this one and Harry Potter. The reason I’m afraid to reread it now is actually because I did try and reread it about two years ago but had to quit during book two. For some reason it surprised me how juvenile it was, so I stopped to not ruin my memories of the rest of the series. I remember the third one being my favorite, so a part of me does want to try again. Especially also because they’ve now been translated into English and I want to try those.
Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab
No, I’m not just going to talk about Middle Grade books. Shades of Magic was one of the first Adult fantasy series I read right when I discovered BookTube, but since then, I’ve become well-versed within that genre. I’m afraid my interest in this series might have been influenced by the novelty of Adult fantasy at that point in my life. There’s also a part of me that’s looking at my ratings of all the other Victoria Schwab books I’ve read since then because none of them has gotten five stars and a few have gotten three. Am I falling out of love with Victoria Schwab? If that is confirmed through a reread of Shades of Magic, I’m afraid of being cast out of the bookish community. Finally, I also already know that an eventual reread would mean skimming Lila’s chapters and that feels like cheating but I simply can’t go through that again.
Gone by Michael Grant
This is a YA dystopian series I read back when those where really popular, but I only made it through two of the six books. The first one, Gone, became an obsession for me, so much that I went out and bought the second book because my library didn’t have it. I still own that one, even though I never continued with the series. I remember thinking that the plot had been drawn out a lot at this point so it is unfathomable to me that it went on for four more books. And it was weird! Still, it could be fun to go back and read that first book again and see if I can make it through the series now.
(this was published in 2008 if that cringey cover didn’t tell you that)
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
This series is probably the one I’m the least afraid to reread because I just remember having so much fun with it when I was younger. It’s Middle Grade, but I distinctly remember that there were sections of these books that I skipped during my many rereads because they were too scary. Which is why it’s very appealing for me to go back to see how scary it actually was. And reading them in the original English would be cool too. Still, I’m afraid to ruin my memories of it, but I don’t think the risk is very high.
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall is the first book in a YA dystopian that also has paranormal elements such as angels, although they’re evil angels. It has a great enemies-to-lovers romance and a somewhat unique plot that made sure I was obsessed with this book. However, it’s the first book in a trilogy, so when I didn’t love the second book and actually had a very hard time getting through that one, I never read the final book. The completionist in me think it could be fun to reread the first two and then find out how it all ends. But I don’t know how much adult me is into paranormal YA books.
These books were all fundamental in making me the reader I am today, so I’m probably always going to think about them fondly, whether or not I actually reread them. But let me know if you have books you used to love but that you’re now unsure about. Any you’ve tried to reread? What was your experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!