Remember all those books you had to read back in high school that everyone hated? You probably procrastinated, waiting to read them until the end of summer when you had two days left to read half a dozen books and magically complete an essay before the first day of school came around Labor Day. Then you spent another 3 months going over those exact same books, dreading every moment of the incessantly boring material.
Well, I was right there with you, except that after reading all of those books for the first time, I decided that they must be famous for a reason, and about a year or so aftrer college I went back and read through them again. As it turns out, most aren’t so bad after all (though I still have trouble making it through Joyce!).
20 years later, I have some new favorites. Here are 3 of those classic books I’ve recently re-read once again, and have come to love.
To Kill A Mockingbird
I’ll admit it, the first time I picked this up, I thought it was going to be about killing a mockingbird. Eerily reminiscent of that scene from that Zooey Deschanel movie Failure to Launch, where she tries to buy a gun and thinks To Kill a Mockingbird is a guide too!
At any rate, it’s a new favorite of mine, and I highly recommend you take a second glance at it, in case you weren’t paying too much attention the first time through!
I’m not going to lie. My first few times through Dickens’ works weren’t fun. I particularly remember getting stuck on A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations when I was in school.
The writing seemed dense, and the plots boring, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I truly began to appreciate the complexity and richness of these novels.
Of Mice and Men
Last but certainly not least is Of Mice and Men. I’ve always loved Steinbeck (I think his Winter of Our Discontent is one of my all-time favorite books) and Of Mice and Men is no exception.
The clever interplay of George and Lenny, juxtaposing sinister schemes with simple but kindhearted stupidity, is what makes this book so great.