These books you have to read

I can still remember the first novel I had to read for school: Lettres D’Amour de 0 à 10 (Secret Letters From 0 To 10) by Susie Morgenstern. I was 11 years old at the time, and, aside from silly little things for primary school, I had never cracked the cover of an actual book before. For the life of me, I simply cannot fully remember what the book was about. But the fact that I remember it is a shock to me. Why? Because it took me about five more years to actually get interested in reading and not consider every single book assignment from junior high as a chore. Yes, I said it ‘chore’. And boy, did things change.

But I digress.

What I really want to talk about are these books that you have to read (for school). Not to confuse them with the other books you have to read (because they’re ‘Oh so good’ and they will totally change your life.) But this is a topic for another time. online apotheke levitra 20mg

As an English student (and by that I mean English major and not UK citizen), and holder of a French Literary Baccalaureate, I can safely say that I have had my share of reading assignments. Now, for instance, as the summer hols start, I find myself with a list of 16 books to read by October. This, of course, does not include the reading and research I will have to do in order to write my dissertation (10k words, yay!).

We’ve all had our share of book assignments who turned out to be dreadfully dull. Now, I’m not going to give any names, this is not the time and place after all, and I simply do not want to start an argument about why this book seams dull to me and how ‘Oh my Gawd, it sooo isn’t!’.

First of, though, I want to point out the nuance between flat out disliking a book and finding it dull. You’ll understand in a moment.
By finding something dull, I mean that the material does not appeal to you. Basically, the reading process seems to drag on and on and a few pages feel like chapters – and I mean not in a good way. There can be numerous reasons as to why you dislike a book, however, it can be: shocking, insulting, etc. (again, not the time and place).

But I will ask you this: what makes a book dull, for you?
And it’s not always an easy question to answer. Taste is subjective. Why don’t I like tomatoes? Because I don’t. However, you can sometimes find arguments as to why. Too bitter, too sweet, too crunchy. Need I go on? I assume everyone knows how tastes work.

Apologies if you find yourself lost amongst those who can safely say they dislike something.

But let’s go back on track.

I find that not linking some of these books is linked to the fact that they are compulsory reading. (at least for me) I mean, we usually choose the kind of books we want to read. Maybe this compulsory reading does not fit your usual style, and I think this might be why we have troubles cracking their covers.

What do you think? What are the reasons you don’t like specific books/entire genre of books?

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