The name says it all, Book Blogger Confessions. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I am always left saying "I thought I was the only one!"
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I am not a 'Classics' Reader
I've been meaning to write a post about my lack of knowledge when it comes to classic literature for a while now, but was pretty embarrassed about it. Then I came across a discussion(Really wish I remembered where!) about how you shouldn't consider yourself a Reader if you have not read the classics!
I couldn't believe my
ears eyes! Because I have not read many classics I should not call myself a reader?
I admit it! I have not read many classics! And the ones that I have read, I didn't really enjoy. There I said it! To save face(and a pitch-forked mob) I won't name these said classics, but when I finished them I couldn't understand why they were so profound. Some were boring, while others were dark and dreary. There are some that I loved though(trying to redeem myself, here) BUT that doesn't mean that I don't respect these authors or their stories. I am proud of them for being so successful and memorable. However, I do not think your are considered a reader based on WHAT you read. You are a reader based on IF you read.
J.K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Suzanne Collins...I'm not sure if we will be seeing these wicked awesome authors in the Classics literature section when we are older, but damn it, they changed lives! They created stories that enchanted us. They whisked us away from the daily goings on of life and gave us a gift: The gift of freedom. And I know 20-30 years from now there will be little
Youngin's sitting under a tree devouring their very own copy of Harry Potter, Twilight or the millions of other fantastic books out there that are not classics.
Don't hang your head in shame if you haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird, or worry about catching yourself in a lie when you said you loved The Great Gatsby. You are a reader regardless of the genre!
What are your thoughts? Do you think it's fair to define a reader based on what they read? Have you read the classics? Which would you recommend? What books have been a memorable impression on you?