All of us bloggers had a 'back in the day' time when we ventured out with our naive little posts praying that someone would read them. We'll, I'm going to be adventurous and post one of those long forgotten articles, ready for a re-hashing with my new followers. So here's a post from my first month of blogging almost a year and a half ago. Enjoy!
The Infernal Book List
I'm sure you've all seen it, it has plagued the walls of Facebook for
sometime now. It has brought on bragging airs and dismal looks. It has
made your heart glow and made you want to rip it up in the same moment.
It is the top 100 book list.
They lure you in by saying most have
only read six (a complete and utter lie for any high school graduate)
so that you think if you've read twenty-four of the books you've done
pretty well. That is, until you see that one
friend who has supposedly read eighty of them. Then you feel like, even
though you are an avid reader, you have somehow failed yourself.
as if only these 100 books will ever matter, and if you dare read
anything else your doomed. Well I have news, and maybe I'm the first one
to say it (but probably not) I don't want to read every book on that list!
few years back I had several people tell me to read Wuthering Heights.
"You've read Jane Eyre," they said, "this was by her sister." "You're a
hopeless romantic," they said, "this will tear at your heart strings."
So I read it, and I hated every minute of it. Why did I torture myself
and read to the end? Well because I felt as if I didn't I was failing in the reading world somehow.
"It's a classic!" those people shouted. "You're not allowed to hate the classics!" Well guess what, I don't care! Why am I going to torture myself by dragging through a hundred classics that I don't even enjoy?
Granted, there a few I would truly like to read, little women
for example (amendment, I read it and loved it). But I must ask, what is so wrong with simply reading books
I enjoy? There is a treasure trove of brilliant unknown books out
there--and if I like it, I'm going to read it.
So what if I never read The Republic of Plato? Am I really ruined as a writer or a person if I don't?
Maybe I'm just ranting. Maybe I should at least attempt Plato. But if I'm not enjoying it I'm going to stop.
today, I'm going to continue reading the latest James Patterson novel.
I'm going to eat some more Easter candy and I'm going to read every last
indulgent line. And I'm not going to feel guilty, not even one little
What are you're thoughts? Should a book be read just because it's a classic? Or should we broaden our horizons?