Some books stick with you. Some were a struggle. Some you never finish. Here are mine.
5 Books I Loved
The Phantom Tollbooth: To this day, this book keeps me grounded.
The Poisonwood Bible: How did she come up with all those palindromes?
Moby Dick: This book is hilarious. And partly a musical. And it says a lot about the way we live now.
His Dark Materials Trilogy: Way better than Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, which means they’re really, really good.
Persuasion: You can always fall in love again! Also that scene when she’s all tired and he helps her into the carriage: yowza! Jane Austen sure could write very proper sexual tension.
5 Books I Hated
Jane Eyre: Some people love this book, and that’s okay. I hated it.
Tristram Shandy: The movie version they made recently is actually pretty good, and I don’t think I’d have appreciated it as much if I hadn’t read (and hated) this book.
Yellow Raft in Blue Water: This book is terrible. I had to read it for high-school English.
The Bean Trees: Goes to show, you can love and hate the same author (in this case, Barbara Kingsolver, who also wrote The Poisonwood Bible).
Their Eyes Were Watching God: It’s not that I loathe this book, I just hate how it gets trotted out in every English class you’ll ever take in college because it covers dialect, a female author and a person of color all in one book! That definitely makes up for all the dead, white guys you have to read!
5 Books I Never Finished
The Sparrow: I just got bored. I really need to Google how it ends.
Midnight’s Children: I liked this book until I read something about it that compared it to Tristram Shandy.
Wolf Hall: I want to finish this book because I love reading about this period in history (Henry VIII, Thomas More, Cromwell), but I just can’t get through it.
Middlemarch: This is a great book to fall asleep to. I’ll never finish it.
Twilight: Couldn’t get past the first 50 pages. I don’t think I missed much.