If you could “unread” a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? Or because it was THAT bad?
The Good – These are the books that I wish I could unread because I loved them so much. I wish I could experience them for the first time again.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, duh! Although, to be honest with each time I read the book I always discover something new, so in a way it’s kind of like I’m reading it for the first time.
- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Bad – This describes my high school required reading experience. I don’t want to unread these books because they were horrible necessarily. I want to unread them so that I can read them with a fresher perspective. Required reading was such a chore. Nothing about the experience was inspiring. The books were mostly dull from my 15-year-old perspective. The discussions were dull because only two or three people read enough of the book to even have a discussion. And then the teachers ruined it all by giving us daily quizzes to see what of the story we retained. That’s no way to inspire an analytical reader. These are some of the books I read in high school that I wish I could unread:
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Brave New World bu Aldous Huxley
- Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander I. Solzhenitsyn
The Ugly – These books may or may not have caused me to throw a literal temper tantrum while alone in my room. I wish I could unread them for good.
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Grendel by John Gardner
- the last two books in the Twilight Series. I’ve officially been halfway through book 4 for a year as of two weeks ago.
- The Republic by Plato (Who makes 14-year-olds read this stuff?)