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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?
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.
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.