Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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Today we have a quote from Mark Twain- “’Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.”

There are lists of classic books- books which every one ‘should’ read. Books which are quoted in our television shows and movies, which define the education and manner of the person quoting them. So, have you read any ‘classic’ books? What is your favorite? Which one did you hate?

My favorites Dracula, Frankenstein, Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter’s Stories – do those last two count? I can name a dozen young adult books, such as Island of the Blue Dolphin, Call it Courage, The Wizard of Earth Sea, and Julie of the Wolves.

Which ones did I hate? I hate reading Shakespeare. He wrote plays, I like watching his plays. I find reading them boring. I am a description whore- ask my critique group- I want colors, gestures, sounds, smells, tastes, everything- reading a play gives me none of that. I didn’t like Catcher in the Rye- maybe I was too young, maybe it’s just not a book that speaks to me, but I didn’t care for it.
So confession time, what classic books have you read and which ones did you hate?