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May 24: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)
1. The Goblin Emperor; Katherine Addison. This is a sort of quiet book, and it took a little while after I’d read it for it to grow on me. But it did.
2. On the Edge; Ilona Andrews. At first, I liked these books less for not being about Kate. Since then, I’ve warmed to them on their own merits.
3. Soulless; Gail Carriger. This book, and its series, were in the first books of steampunk I read, and I adored it. They’re still good, but they’re definitely towards the light and fluffy side of steampunk.
4. The Fault in Our Stars; John Green. The first reading of this book was too much of an emotional gut-punch to notice that some of the characters are a little… fanciful.
5. Dead Until Dark; Charlaine Harris. I loved the first books of this series, then slowly loved the later books less. Going back and re-reading, perhaps those later books changes how I saw the early ones.
6. Throne of Glass; Sarah J Maas. Don’t get me wrong, this is a fun read–but the sheer drama of it doesn’t hold up quite as well when you know the ending.
7. Station Eleven; Emily Saint John Mandel. A quiet sort of book, rather dreamy in surprising ways for the setting, but it lingers in your mind.
8. To Ride Pegasus; Anne McCaffrey. I loved these books so much as a kid I don’t think I can ever read them without nostalgia, but I don’t connect to the characters quite like I used to.
9. The City & the City; China Mieville. The first read through of any of Mieville’s books usually ends in confusion. This one, I wasn’t so fond of the protagonist, but the whole thing grew on me.
10. The Martian; Andy Weir. I liked this book, but I didn’t expect it to have the staying power it does. I’ve read it several times now, and it still makes me laugh.