It’s a Love/Hate Thing

Last week Book Riot posted a companion piece to its November 2012 list of readers’ top 50 favorite novels. The new article lists the 50 most hated books, compiled from reader submissions.

As a lover of lists, I was intrigued by these posts. In particular, I was interested in the overlap; according to a Book Riot post analyzing these lists, there are eight books that were featured on both lists:

  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Moby Dick
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Ulysses

What is it about these books that make them both so loved and so hated? I have read five of these books; of the ones I’ve read, I loved three and disliked two. I think “hate” is too strong a word to describe my feelings toward any book, but I think I might have actually hated one at the time I read it. Which brings me to my theory: Continue reading


Quotable Friday: from The Awakening

“She turned her face seaward to gather in an impression of space and solitude, which the vast expanse of water, meeting and melting with the moonlit sky, conveyed to her excited fancy. As she swam she seemed to be reaching out for the unlimited in which to lose herself.”

— The Awakening by Kate Chopin

On The Awakening and Spending Time Alone

The Awakening by Kate ChopinI recently finished reading The Awakening for my Modern American Lit class, and I really loved it.  Apart from being revolutionary for it’s time — a woman who has sex out of wedlock and doesn’t get pregnant? What?! — it’s really beautifully written.

Take my favorite line from the novel. As Edna begins distancing herself from her husband and abandoning her womanly duties, she takes to walking through the streets of New Orleans, enjoying the sunlight and the warm fresh air. Chopin writes,

“She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested.” Continue reading