I think in order to answer this question in any meaningful way, I would have to re-read some books that I suspect that I may not love as much as I once thought I did. I am much too lazy to do that. It also kind of sounds like a downer of an idea, so why bother?
Having said that, I am sure there are a few books that I read when I was younger that I may not have the same passion for as an adult. I thought I could pick a few titles from different times of my life and we could talk this through together.
So, to be clear, Gianna did not actually answer the question for the day. Also, she liked Memoirs of a Geisha, which I hated. She's a constant disappointment.
I once again perused the ol' Goodreads archives and discovered that I gave The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen five stars. Let's go back a decade and remember the excitement surrounding this publication. Everyone was crazy about this book. It was a sensation--a contemporary family story of dysfunction that was both literary and juicy. Before Oprah, before the National Book Award, Jonathan Franzen was just a geeky chic writer fulfilling his literary promise. I drank the Kool-Aid.
That was then.
Now...well, I read Freedom, Franzen's most recent novel, and it's basically the same book as The Corrections. And Franzen has proven several times that he can't accept praise graciously, can't debate without name calling, and can't enter a room without bumping his oversized ego on the door frame. His personality has soured me on The Corrections a bit. As time has passed, I've discovered what great books were nominated but didn't win the National Book Award in 2001. Look at Me by Jennifer Egan, Among the Missing by our pal Dan Chaon, The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse by this year's winner Louise Erdrich, and Highwire Moon by underappreciated talent Susan Straight. In hindsight, I would have picked any of the others. I don't hate The Corrections, but it will never be one of my favorite books anymore.