So how does the passage of time change our feelings about a book? Or specifically- if a book has a huge impact on us, or a great twist, or whatever- does that recede over time? This kind of dovetails with my earlier discussion of When Do You Review Books? Because as I mentioned I often write my review right away rather than waiting- and if I do wait the review can be very different. And that's what I mean- that big emotional impact or reaction may over time not be the big deal it was.
I'm including How Will I Know You? in this discussion because I've read it recently and the ending is a gut punch. I read it a few weeks ago so I've had time to digest it. The ending is emotional but as I was thinking about all this stuff I wondered how would I feel in six months- or a year?
Do you find upon later reflection, or perhaps a re- read, that your feelings have changed? It could be little things or it could be the whole book. The entire experience. This also kind of got me thinking about re- reads. Not to get off on a tangent but many of us have discussed whether books "hold up" on a re- read. Take Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty for example. I loved that book, mainly because of the quirkiness of the protagonist and the absolutely catty way all the parents conducted themselves. It was one of my favorite books of 2015. If I read it again would it still be that good?
So let me know what you think. Are there certain books that have a huge impact but later you're like meh?