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Book Club Classics Meme

Kristen at Book Club Classics has created this meme to promote her new site, Lit Guides, and The Kool-Aid Mom has tagged me to do it as well! The questions are as follows:

1. What is the best classic you were “forced” to read in school (and why)?
2. What was the worst classic you were forced to endure (and why)?
3. Which classic should every student be required to read (and why)?
4. Which classic should be put to rest immediately (and why)?
5. **Bonus** Why do you think certain books become classics?

1. What is the best classic you were “forced” to read in school (and why)?

Jane Eyre, beyond question – it’s become one of my favorite books. There’s just so much to love about it. Great characters, plot, and most of all atmosphere and tone. I love Charlotte Bronte’s writing. I had to read it in high school, once by choice and once I was forced. I have tons of other contenders, though – Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, The Mill on the Floss, Far From the Madding Crowd, Rebecca … the list goes on.

2. What was the worst classic you were forced to endure (and why)?

Heart of Darkness. I read it three times. I was too much of a good student not to read it every time it was assigned to me, but I hated it every time. The thing about it is that I can see its literary merit as an English major, but I just can’t stand the writing and I think it’s the most boring book I’ve ever had to read.

3. Which classic should every student be required to read (and why)?

This question is challenging. Every student is different. I am, however, going to jump on my favorite bandwagon and say that every student should read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and in particular one of the bawdy tales. Chaucer was a brilliant man in many ways. This work is not only extremely influential in a literary sense, it can show us the history of the English language and culture and more importantly, the fact that literature is hilarious and fun, even when it’s from the 14th century.

4. Which classic should be put to rest immediately (and why)?

I don’t think any of them should be put to rest. They all have value and everyone has different taste – why deprive someone else of a classic just because I despise it?

5. Why do you think certain books become classics?

I’m with the chorus on this one, because I think that certain books become classics because they speak to something universal in all of us. They may also display some significant aspect of history, culture, or human nature. And in my opinion, you can never tell what’s going to become a classic. Charles Dickens was a sensationally popular author to the tune of Stephen King today and he is now read in every high school as serious literature.

I’ve decided not to tag anyone else to do this meme because I want everyone who wants to answer the questions to steal it! It’s been fun. =)

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Contest time!

The Kool-Aid Mom is giving away a $20 gift certificate to Borders on her blog, In the Shadow of Mt TBR!  Her blog is also entertaining reading, so I recommend a click on the link.  =)

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Another fantastic contest and a book giveaway

1. Trish at Hey Lady, Whatcha Reading? is giving away 14 books to up to five lucky people here, courtesy of Hatchette Book Group USA! There are some phenomenal books on there from many different genres and there are multiple ways to win, so head on over and enter!

2. S. Krishna is giving away one copy of The Beach House by Jane Green. Enter here for a chance to win this great beach read!

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Two giveaways!

1. Natasha over at the Maw Books Blog has a contest running that enables you to win the newest Stephenie Meyer book, or if you’re really really lucky, the entire Twilight series! Lots of ways to win, so head on over and enter.

2. Kathleen at her book blog is giving away a free copy of The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy. If you love The Red Tent like I do, it would certainly be worth a look, and if you’re not interested in the book, her interview with the author is interesting too!

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apologies

I have failed at writing reviews lately thanks to the end of my senior year, but I will continue them at least by May 18th!

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