Pop Culture Confessions: Books

Here’s the last of my pop culture confessions (after movies, TV, and music). Some of my reading secrets:

  1. The night before my junior year of high school, I stayed up until like 3am reading the Lovely Bones. I just couldn’t put it down. Oddly, I haven’t read the book since then.
  2. I have read and re-read these books over and over again: the Harry Potter series, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series, and Summer Sisters. I think the Hunger Games trilogy will soon be added to that list.
  3. I could barely make it through book 1 of the Twilight series (and never even bothered with any of the others). I found the writing so terrible that I actually laughed out loud at a few points. Please, please don’t ever be the kind of person who compares Twilight to Harry Potter. There is no comparison.
  4. My mom and dad used to take turns reading to me at night. I especially remember reading the Goosebumps series, the American Girl books, and the Boxcar Children series.
  5. When I was forced to read Bridge to Terabithia in the 5th grade, I hated it. When I read it a few years later on my own, I loved it, and I cried.
  6. I once read the entirety of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and completed a lengthy project on it in one night. Yes, I am the ultimate procrastinator.
  7. On the AP English exam, almost none of the prompts referenced any of the books I’d read (and I read a lot of them for AP English). I ended up writing about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (which I absolutely hated), but it must have worked because I got a 5 on the exam.
  8. The two books I cannot for the life of me finish are Great Expectations and War and Peace. I have started reading these books on multiple occasions, and have yet to make it through either. I took a Russian Lit class in college, and our professor printed off certificates and gave us Russian cookies to celebrate our “accomplishment” of reading War and Peace. Ooops.
  9. Despite my War and Peace mental block, I really love Russian literature (though I always feel pretentious saying so). One of my very favorites is Eugene Onegin.
  10. Everyone loved “An Infinite Work of Staggering Genius,” but I thought it was really pretentious. Two thumbs down.

3 thoughts on “Pop Culture Confessions: Books

  1. You are so right about Twilight, although I have to admit I finished the series. Why? Because I have an 11 year old daughter, and if she ever wants to read it (a very long time from now) I wanted to know what the big deal was all about. It took me SEVERAL attempts to read the first one before I finally was able to plow through it. The writing…well you said it very well.
    My daughter is on the 3rd book in the Harry Potter series and absolutely loves it!
    One of my goals is to read War and Peace also…it stares at me from it’s place on my bookshelf and I feel incredibly guilty…
    Great Post!

  2. There are so many classic books I want to read, or re-read, but life just seems to get in the way. I hated Twilight, enjoyed Harry Potter- though I stopped after #4. Hated the movies. I am currently reading two books: a newer one by John Irving which I will probably forget as soon as I finish, and Tom Sawyer. I must have read it when I was growing up as I remember it so well, and love it! I have several more Twain that I can’t wait to read; Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee, and a few others. Life is good!

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