I was having a conversation the other day with a friend and we got onto the topic of books. I had rated a book on Goodreads recently and she was curious as to why I did so now even though I had read the book in my youth. I wasn’t sure what she was getting at so she explained. She didn’t think I should rate a book now that I’d read a while ago because I wasn’t in the same place now that I was in at the time I read the book. She didn’t think the rating would be accurately reflected. Her feeling is that your life experiences color your perception so a book you read when you were a teenager might not still hold the same resonance with you now since you’ve lived more life in between the times. I understood her position but I didn’t agree.
For me, if I read a book and don’t like it, I won’t read it again. If I like a book, I’ll re-read it again, but I’ll still have the same feelings towards it that I had initially. The only difference is that if enough time has passed, I might pick up on something that I didn’t before or I’ll have a new appreciation for the themes and characters. I honestly have never liked a book, re-read it, and disliked the book.
So, I ask you all, have you ever read a book you liked then re-read it and disliked it?