Monday, March 07, 2011

A Little Reading

I have a tendency to read multiple books at one time, but I always finish all of them. To me, not finishing a book is like leaving a friend waiting for you in a restaurant never to really come. I love to read, and my parents always encouraged it by giving me books. Here are the books that I began in the last month and finished over this past weekend.

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This was my second time to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and it won't be my last. It is probably my second most favorite book below Wuthering Heights. It is a story of strong, noble character in a time when ignorance about race was popular, and you see the truth as it exists through the eyes of a child. Here are a few quotes and sections of the book that are worth pointing out.

"The world's endin', Atticus! Please do something--!" I dragged him to the window and pointed. "No it's not, he (Atticus) said. "It's snowing."

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

"It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."


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This book came recommended to me by a friend, and I was not disappointed. It was a short, light hearted book that was quite funny.


Honestly, I was torn to even admit that I "read" this book because I had so many negative feelings about it. However, in the end I obviously decided to tell you. Before I did, I did a little Google research to find out what other everyday people had to say about the book, and although for not the same reasons, they agreed that it was a terrible book. I read the first tad bit of Prep hoping that something would improve, and then, after one particular scene, I flipped to the end and read one of the last paragraphs. (It bothers me to not finish books.) This book took every small aspect of life that I hold to be sacred, and threw it in the garbage, took it out again to put on a stick and show everyone proudly. Reading secular fiction can be good for the mind, and so much can be learned from it, but I would not consider this to be one of those books.

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1 comment:

  1. Our literary choices are very similar, Julie! Loved this post.

    I totally identify with your comment about hating to not finish books. I have slowly learned over the years, it is totally OKAY to not finish a book that looks like it won't be redeeming itself. Why waste time on it? Still, it's very, very hard...

    It's a lot easier to turn off or walk out of a movie. Just not sure why. ;-)

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