A New Found Appreciation

booking through thursday

We all had to read lots of different things in school—some of which we liked, some of which we didn’t. Are there any authors that you’ve grown to love because you were introduced to them in your English Lit class? Or—the contrary. Are there any you hate because you were forced to read them? Did you ever go back to try them again?

As a former English Lit major, I’ve read lots of literature. I won’t say that I’ve grown to love him, but I have a greater appreciation for this author — Charles Dickens. I had to take a seminar class and the only one available was Dickens. Oh how I jumped for joy.

Even though I read Dickens in high school, we weren’t given a whole lot of background on him. Granted I could have gone to the library to get information, but I didn’t care for him; therefore I wasn’t going to expend the energy. However, my college professor gave a ton of background information on him and tied it in with each novel we read. Interesting stuff.

14 thoughts on “A New Found Appreciation

  1. moderntheologian September 7, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Two I liked: Azimov and Lewis. One I decided I didn’t like was Shakespeare, I like the plays but not the writing. Perhaps if they were written/available as stores rather than as play scripts, but I found the play scripts too difficult to follow.

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    • The Broken Spine September 8, 2014 / 10:08 am

      Shakespeare is a hard pill to swallow. In college I had to take a semester of Shakespeare and it was okay. I can’t say I appreciate him any more after that. I have to admit I’ve never read anything by Asimov, although I know of a lot of his works. I should probably put him on my to read list.

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      • moderntheologian September 8, 2014 / 10:27 am

        I like his plays, and enjoy seeing the performed, but reading with all the actor directions was annoying.

        Asimov isn’t someone you can just pick up and read, you have to pick a genre first. He covers everything from mystery to science, fact and fiction, even dabbled in religion a couple times.

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      • The Broken Spine September 8, 2014 / 10:33 am

        I was looking at all the various genres Asimov wrote and made the decision to start with his Mysteries as that’s really my preferred genre, then move from there. I didn’t realize how much he had actually written.

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      • moderntheologian September 8, 2014 / 10:36 am

        His father died never acknowledging his success. Since he was a writer and not a true scientist his father considered him a failure.

        His mysteries are different, he didn’t believe in hidden clues that are revealed at the end. Everything is laid out for you, you just need to put all the pieces together.

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      • The Broken Spine September 8, 2014 / 10:44 am

        That’s unfortunate.

        Thanks for that information. I like those kinds of mysteries best. I don’t mind the ocassional hidden clue, but I don’t like it when hidden clue after hiden clue and then it becomes confusing.

        Do you have a recommendation, I could start with?

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      • moderntheologian September 8, 2014 / 10:53 am

        I liked the anthology “The Best Mysteries of Isaac Asimov”, it has 31 short stories. Another good one was “Tales of the Black Widowers”.

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  2. The Fangirls September 7, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! See my blog for the details 🙂

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  3. Lindsay September 5, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    Oh, Dickens. If I got paid by the word, I would have buried great stories under a pile of long, rambly sentences, too!

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    • The Broken Spine September 8, 2014 / 10:03 am

      LOL! How true. That’s the one thing I couldn’t stand about him in high school.

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  4. Shannon September 5, 2014 / 8:55 am

    I havent’t read any of Dickens work. I hope to do so soon!

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    • The Broken Spine September 5, 2014 / 3:42 pm

      Definitely give him a read. I haven’t read all of his novels though. I’d have to say my favorite is A Christmas Carol and it’s not because of all the movies that have been made. I really enjoyed the Scrooge character.

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