The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic is: books I had to read in school and didn’t like.
This is actually pretty easy. Not becuase I hated everything we read in school, but because on average, I enjoyed it all. So, when I didn’t care for something, it stuck out. On the bright side, only two books are coming to mind at the moment.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
I don’t know what I was honestly supposed to learn from this book because my god did it DRAG on and on. I’m generally a pretty easy to please reader, but good lord, this was bad.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
Now this book I think I might have been to idealistic to embrace but it put me off so much. My senior year English Lit teacher was apalled too, by the way. She could not wrap her head around the fact that I didn’t like it. I would like to reread it now that I’m an adult, however, and see if my opnion has changed any.
Honorable mention: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
I didn’t like this at all when I originally read it because it seemed so pointless. He gave his everyting to wrangle that fish only to wind up with nothing in the end. Looking back, however, I get it. These are the struggles of our lives. Sometimes, we give and give and give and wind up with nothing but an empty stomach and a headache. So, while I didn’t exactly enjoy the book at the time, I didn’t hate it like I did The Good Earth either.
Before I go, I have to say this much. My kids are 17 and 19 and I’ve been so grateful that they’ve been able to read more modern things like Ready Player One and The Hunger Games, along with other, more classic novels like To Kill a Mockingbird. I think having something the kids can relate to helps them be more eager to actually read.