For those of us who read and re-read books, there’s always a hope that we can re-read books from our childhood and revisit what made them special for us. The thing is, we are constantly changing as readers and the books we loved as children and teenagers, might not be ones we’d reach for as adults. It is a fact that hurts, but it is true. On the other hand, we might find something even more special about those old books today which sparks new life and joy into them.
As we all know by now, I constantly re-read books. I get a lot of joy out of revisiting stories I’ve loved and cherished throughout the years. They’re comforting and warm. However, I’ve recognised that some of them don’t live up to my expectations anymore, and that’s okay.
I thought it would be interesting to share some of the MIddle Grade and YA books that do live up to re-reading and some that are probably best left with aspects of my childhood – well and truly in the past.
Books that live up to re-reading today:
Heard it in the Playground by Alan Ahlberg | Matilda by Roald Dahl | The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis | Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer | His Dark Materials (link goes to Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The verse or prose is simply classic, and I can understand the humour more as an adult. For books like Northern Lights, Little Women, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, I find a greater depth to them and I pick up on nuances I missed as a child or young teen.
Books that don’t live up to re-reading today
Both series were the fluffy, early YA options when I wanted something different from the classics and adult fiction I read as a teen and now my reading habits are more mixed, these particular series don’t really hold much allure anymore. Out of curiosity and a hit of nostalgia I did read both Midnight Sun and Royal Wedding when they came out, and I didn’t really care for them that much. The teenage comfort and nostalgia I hoped I’d feel never came back.
At the end of the day I am a completely different person and my reading tastes can certainly attest to that.
What childhood books would you leave safely in the past?
Why do you think certain books might not live up to re-reading today?
As always thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!