I have read more books than I could ever count (and would not even want to guess) but amongst all of those books, there were some that stood out.
The hardest book To read:
The Bible. Yes, it is hard to understand, at least the Old Testament is for me. I read it from front to back last year, and I try to read it every day. In my own personal opinion, everyone needs to read this book! 🙂
A book I haven’t read yet but should have:
The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde (This will be read before summer is done).
Books I hated having to read in school, but I loved once I grew up:
1984 – George Orwell, Lord of the Flies – William Golding, The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne, Macbeth – William Shakespeare (Okay, I have to be honest here, I still do not like Macbeth, or anything else by Shakespeare; it’s just not my thing!)
A book I should have read sooner:
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck. The first time I read this book was about 4 years ago. I loved it!
Books I read at least once a year:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, The Shack – William P. Young, At least one of the 7 Chronicles of Narnia books – CS Lewis
Books I should never have read:
50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker, 50 Shades Freed – EL James. Okay, they weren’t horrible, but I honestly skipped over all of the so-called steamy sex scenes, they were too ridiculous to even get through.
My favorite books as a child:
Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators – Robert Arthur, Jr. I read these books over and again, and will still grab a few from the library on occasion to read them again!
Series that should have went further:
Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke. I loved these stories. My daughter will kill me for not saying Harry Potter, but honestly, it was a perfect series of 7 books that I do not think anyone else will ever be able to do again.
Books that should not have been made into movies:
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. I liked the stories a lot. But by the time I saw the first part of Mockingjay in the theater, I found it to be beyond cheesy. Yes; I said it was cheesy!
Books that sucked me in:
The Twilight Series – Stephenie Meyer. These books sucked me in and I could not put them down. I read them over and over while I waited for the next one, and I read the whole series twice in a row after I had all 4 books. Should I be embarrassed to admit this? Probably. Am I? Not in the least. I loved these books 🙂
How about you? Did you have a book that was hard to read, or one you read over-and-over again? I would love to hear what your book facts are. Let me know!
I just purchased the Chronicles of Narnia book set not too long ago! What is that Inkheart series like?
It is about a man who when he reads it brings certain people out of the stories, and into his world. There is a movie for the first book, Inkheart, starring Brenden Frasier. You may want to give that a try, but of course the book is better! I love the movie too!
I’m more of a book kind of a guy. I actually hate watching movies based on books. I get so disappointed if the actors aren’t what I pictured them to be…
Are you a fan of movies based on books?
I have never seen a movie that was better than its book, and I don’t think it is even possible. But I will watch all of the Harry Potter movies, the Hobbit and LOTR movies, and the 3 Narnia movies that were made. Nothing beats a book though!
I fell in love with the Twilight series. I was one of the lucky ones that caught on before the rest of the world did. Then the movies ruined it. But I have to strongly disagree with you on Hunger Games. lol I loved the books and I love the movies almost as much.
I tried to read the bible…but I always get really sleepy from being so bored. I’m a horrible person.
Also, I really need to read the entire Inkheart series! I read the first book and just could not get into the second. I have the whole series…I just haven’t read them yet.
My girls were mad at me when I said the movie was cheesy 🙂 But I still bought it when it came out on DVD, and watched it with them again 🙂 I think Inkspell took me a bit to get into it as well.
LOL Why didn’t you stop after the first 50 Shades? And I must disagree about The Hunger Games. I found Katniss to be pretty pathetic in the books, especially outside the arenas, and Jennifer Lawrence has given her a little more of a spine. Not much, though–I’m still frustrated.
Once I start something I try to see it through to the end! LOL. I found Lawrence’s acting to be the most frustrating thing in Mockingjay; like she was trying too hard. I still cringe every time I hear “If we burn, you burn with us”. Thanks for sharing !
Your list of books is practically the same as mine! I have never read 50 Shades of Grey though. I figured if Madonna didn’t like it, it couldn’t be all that good. She said it was very unrealistic, and for some reason, I believe her. 🙂
During my teen years, Twilight was definitely one of my favorite book sagas, and I prefer to be open about it instead of hiding it as if it was some sort of shame 🙂 [I have a thing for vampires, I must add]. 50 shades is simply trashy literature, as I like to call it. It was written to sell. I’ve read the books so I could have an opinion about them, and I believe they are so successful because they materialize the very desirable idea of a women being able to change a man.
“The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco was definitely a difficult book for me to read. It was challenging and yet I took some pleasure while demystifying it. “To kill a mockingbird” is definitely one of my favorite books 🙂
Thanks for sharing Nicole! Anyone who knows anything about me know two things; I love Abraham Lincoln, and I love Twilight 🙂
I’m usually a one-read kind of guy, except when it comes to Tolkien. I read The Hobbit and LOTR five times between the ages of eleven and fourteen, then moved on to the Silmarillion, though I lost my head of steam when I got into Unfinished Tales and haven’t pursued that vein of stories completed by his children. I picked them all up again over twenty years later and found even more details I missed.
I have some books that are long overdue for a revisit as well!
I think I should finish reading ‘Zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance’. I can read Cure by Jo Marchant & Thinking Fast & Slow by Kahneman both non fiction.