Friday, April 16, 2010
The Book List Meme: Three Books I Should Love But Actually Hate
Rebecca has chosen a really interesting Book List topic this week -- Three Books That I Should Love But That I Actually Hate ...
I can't help but start with Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. I had watched the film a bunch of times before I read the book. The book turned out to be much darker, Holly was shown to be more self-absorbed and damaged and the entire thing depressed me to no end. I honestly wish I had never read the book.
Next I'll go with Walden by Henry David Thoreau. This is really one that I "should love" with its focus on nature and solitude and communion. But actually reading it was so incredibly painful for me. Honestly, I will probably try and read it again one more time in my life just because I want to like it even though I really don't.
Finally, I'm going to sadly say Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. If you had asked me twenty years ago, I would have said I loved this book. But each subsequent read has made me like this book less and less and there were definitely parts when I read it last year that I hated. It's depressing to have lost this as a favorite classic but I think I am done with it -- at least until I am old and need to say goodbye to Catherine and Heathcliff.
This was a tough list to make this week!
Moving on to something happier,