Saturday, February 26, 2011

On Being Well Read

If you’re a reader, you probably pride yourself on being well-rounded, well read, right? In between my YA reads and book club picks, I manage to make a few respectable choices, and I didn’t only read Cliff Notes in high school. However when talking to Crystal recently about The Outsiders (movie) I mentioned I had never seen it, and she said, “But you read the book.” Ummmm.... Then like I was in confession a list of books I never read came tumbling out of my mouth while Crystal looked at me, mouth agape. So I guess being well read is like a sense of humor, everyone thinks they have one but....

                                                   The Outsiders

So here are some, apparently, major gaps in my education. The Outsiders, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice. Do you think these books are must reads? What other books should every respectable reader have under their belt? Where should I start? Or is this a lot of nonsense and no book is a must read? Please Comment, Help a girl out!

Oh, and by the way I absolutely would have seen The Outsiders if I had realized Ralph Macchio was in it, who's up for a viewing?

                                                 Ralph Macchio


  1. Yes, there absolutely ARE some must reads and The Outsiders is one of them. Plus, it's one with a movie adaptation that is great, too. And the cast is pretty easy on the eyes if you like that kind of thing. And I DO. Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird are a few everyone should read. I know there are more, but I'll give someone else a chance to chime in.

  2. YES! Must read....See my most recent post :)
    To kill a Mockingbird is also one of my favs! And even though The Girl Who Owned A City by O.T Nelson is meant for young teenagers I think everyone should read it at least once.

  3. I too have come to the realization recently that I need to broaden out. Definitely while I was writing my Rebecca review it occured to me that my non-attraction to classics may be out dated and so I'm going to try it again. I have ordered Jane Eyre and can't wait to dive in!

  4. I'm with Crystal and Sara - 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a definite must read! Also if you're going to dip a toe into Jane Austen I highly recommend 'Persuasion' it's my favorite, there's a maturity in it that I didn't get from her other books (also I believe it's her shortest work).