Monday, May 23, 2016

Take Ten

This week at The Broke and Bookish, this week we are sharing the books that we feel differently about after time has passed. So, without further ado, here is my list for the week!

1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I'm kind of surprised that this story didn't scar me for life, since my mom (bless her heart) had my siblings and I watch an animated version of it when we were much to young to understand the symbolism behind the story. I remember sobbing when they killed Aslan, and it is very likely that I didn't make it to the end of the movie, I was so traumatized. So, I read this book, the first time, with a very biased opinion.;) Since then, I have decided that I love the story (and series!), I just wouldn't recommend the movie for a young audience.;)

2. The Last Battle

This is another one I read much too young, so I didn't appreciate that it is an allegory. I just focused on the fact that some of my favorite (since, by the second book into the series, I had decided that I actually liked the series. The only reason I stuck with it was because my aunt and uncle sent them to me, one at a time, for birthdays and Christmas' and I figured there must be a reason they thought I needed them. lol) characters died. It really is worth reading, once you have a more mature understanding of the deeper message.

3. The Hobbit

This one was touch and go for a while, but I finally decided that I liked it more than I originally thought.;)

4. The Fellowship of the Ring

This is another one that I didn't care for the first time I read it, since I got a bit lost.;) This one is probably better suited for older teens ( I was a bit young when I read it the first time).

5. Sense and Sensibility

I was an ambitious reader when I was a young teen! I tackled this one when it was recommended to me by an adult. I remember making lists of all the words I didn't know the meaning of.;) Kind of slowed the story down when you are 11 or 12.;) It was much more enjoyable just a few years latter (when I was around 15).

Books that I no longer care as much for:

6. Sadie Rose and the Daring Escape

As a kid, I think I was just thrilled to find another series set in the pioneer days.;) My standards have been raised since those days!:)

7. Nancy Drew

I loved them as a kid, but then started seeing a pattern to the mysteries.;) While they might be fun to read for nostalgia sake, the mysteries would quite disappoint now.;)

8. The Phantom tollbooth

I think this one may just be better suited for a younger audience.;)

9. Curious George

While I still enjoy reading these to my children, I find (as a parent) that it is kind of annoying that his getting into trouble is always resolved and looked at as a good thing. It's not a big enough deal for me to stop reading them though.

10. The Rose Years


  1. Great list, Amanda. I've never seen the 80s Narnia adaptations (LOVE the book and the newer film - both stunners), but the film that I'm told "scared" me is Where the Red Fern Grows. Don't remember my reaction to that one, but I do know, I've never watched it as an adult. ;)

    1. I believe that Where the Red Fern Grows was one I didn't like as a kid, along with Old Yeller.
      I haven't watched either as an adult.
      Actually, it was a cartoon version that terrified me.;)

  2. I have Austen's Persuasion on my list, so I'm glad to see some Austen lovin' on yours as well! And for me it was a very similar reason—I read it when I was really young. I re-read Persuasion a few years ago and I just felt like everything spoke to me in this beautiful way. Anyway, great list! :)

    1. Persuasion is amazing! I read it last and it may be my favorite of her books, since it's short but more mature.

  3. I am a huge fan of the Phantom Tollbooth. I want to re-read it again someday soon.

    Here is my TTT

  4. Ah Nancy Drew! I'd love to read those books again for nostalgia! Great list. :-)

    1. I don't even remember how old I was when I last read one.;)