Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Book List Meme: Three Books I Thought I Would Hate
Rebecca has really made me think with this week's Book List. I rarely pick up books that I think I will hate. I'm a reading chicken of sorts. So let's see what I can come up with for Three Books I Thought I Would Hate But Ended Up Loving.
1. The first has to be The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I actually read The Brothers K by David James Duncan first (a Vietnam era re-telling of the story) and knew the general structure of the plot first but was still wary about the Russian classic. I shouldn't have been. I ended up loving it and hope to re-read it soon as it's been over a decade since I read it.
2. I hate to admit this but for my second selection I'm going to choose The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I first saw the book in the junior high library and couldn't believe how nerdy it looked. Then, not at all a surprise, I noticed all of the GATE (honors) boys reading it and I wrote it off seemingly forever. But, of course, life intervened and I ended up one day at college with nothing to read and this book staring at me from my boyfriend's book collection. I decided "what the hay" and picked it up. Now I think I've read it at least three times (not to mention the rest of the series) and I own the recent movie version. Now I'm a junior high nerd boy.
3. I think the third book has to be The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. If this had been a year or so ago, it would have been on last week's list of books that have been sitting on my shelves the longest. I put off reading it for as long as I could. And then I read it ... and liked it. I'll admit that it's still not an uber-favorite but it certainly ranks higher in my estimation than I ever thought it would. I was really intimidated by it because I thought I didn't have enough background knowledge to understand the connections that Rushdie was making. I'm sure I missed a lot but I made it through and kept it on the shelf for the next time I read it.
If this was a longer list, I would include Bridget Jones's Diary and Warbreaker, recent out of my comfort genre reads that I surprisingly liked. What books would be on your list of surprisingly good reads?
Giving books a chance,