… or “Books That I Supposedly Read In Highschool And Remember Nothing About”.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
This book. This book seems like it includes all of my favourite things and is also one of the most highly recommended books on the internet. (Or my corner of the internet anyway.) And it always has been. I remember enjoying the humour but being thoroughly underwhelmed by the whole experience. It was my first exposure to both Gaiman and Pratchett and I have enjoyed every thing else I have read since more than I enjoyed Good Omens. To be fair, this was a good ten years ago so I think it’s definitely time I gave this one another shot.
Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
My history with this book is complicated. I loved the 2005 adaptation and bought a cop of the book shortly afterward. I ignored my mother’s eye rolling and insistence that I wouldn’t enjoy it because, damnit, I saw the film and liked it and everyone in the whole world likes Pride & Prejudice so why wouldn’t I? Well, she was right. I’ve picked up and put down this book more times than I have any other. I’ve enjoyed every adaptation and re imagining of the story I’ve ever watched, I love the characters and the story and the romance – but the book? It’s my literary nemesis.
1984 by George Orwell
Another highly recommended, well loved, seminal piece of literature. I read it at age fourteen and I think this was a mistake. I’m not saying fourteen year olds can’t read and enjoy Orwell, but I certainly didn’t. What reading 1984 did give me though was knowledge of the ending and thus, an understanding of many pop culture references, so there is that. Of all of the books on this list, this is certainly the one I feel like I need to reread the most.
A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
This series seems to be making a bit of a comeback on the internet these days as readers dredge up less talked about books, ironically, to talk about. I remember enjoying the world and the main characters and the feeling the books left me with but then things got weird. Like, really weird. And I don’t remember exactly what happened but I know I was confused and bored around the halfway mark of book two, skimmed to the end, and never bothered reading book three. This was before I really got into reading, so who knows, maybe with more of a grounding in YA and fantasy I could enjoy this series a little more a second time around?
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
This is a book I actually read for school. I quite liked it then, but we all knows what happens when you study a book in highschool. And it’s a shame, because it’s got to be a classic for a reason, right? I remember nothing about it other than the major character death, so, spoilers. It’s also another of those books that is referenced constantly in everything else and I do enjoy stories about brotherhood and whatnot – it’s just that rereading The Outsiders isn’t at the top of my reading priorities. One of these days, though.
What books do you want to give a second chance?