Friday, April 5, 2013


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This weeks Question:

Q:  Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate — ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

A: **Shelley**

Gosh Courtney, this is a tough one. I like to try out new books and genres all of the time but if the blurb isn't appealing to me, I usually walk (or in the case of the Kindle, scroll) away from it. But, as an English teacher I sometimes don't have a lot of choice as to what I'm expected to teach and several years ago I was asked to consider Orwell's 1984. I really didn't expect to like it and during the first reading of it I had a hard time enjoying it--the writing is great, the concept is scary, but I felt like I was suffocating the entire time I was reading it. Orwell was such a good writer that I felt like I was there with Winston and Big Brother watching over my shoulder constantly. I felt so stifled and trapped. All of this to say that even though the dystopian society Orwell created totally creeped me out, I actually ended up enjoying the novel and still use it in my classrooms today.

A: **Courtney**

This is definitely tough! I had to think for quite a while, but I have decided to go with A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I read this my senior year of high school, and like a typical teenager thought it was going to be the worst experience of my life. That might be because we had just read The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. (Now that I think about it, that would be a perfect answer for a book I thought I would hate and totally did!) Anyhow, I started reading it because I had to, and it turned out amazing. It has history, political revolution, family, love, and loyalty. The characters are memorable and it has stuck with me for a long time. My love for this might have had more to do with my love for my English teacher, who has since passed away, but I still classify it with my favorite word: Epic. 


  1. Yeah I didn't think I was going to like a lot of the books we were assigned to read, but thankfully that wasn't true for some of them including Macbeth and The Most Dangerous Game.

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  2. New follower here!
    I am loving your blog title : )
    Ugh, A Tale of Two Cities was one of the most painful reading experiences of my life - especially at 14. I am happy to hear you had a better experience with it.

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  3. Oooh! Wuthering Heights! I think I'd need to read that one again to give a better opinion!

  4. Shelley- I hear you on having to teach something you don't love. I hated teaching the Old Man and the Sea and Red Badge of Courage. I just could not get through them with any sort of love.

    Courtney- I love a Tale of Two Cities (or anything by Dickens) but when I saw how long it was as a freshman in high school I just about died! However, I loved the story and continue to reread it to this day...some 16 years later.

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  5. Yes! I felt the SAME way about Tale of Two Cities! I ended up loving it! But I think it had alot to do with my English teacher too. :)

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