3 books you love and one you hate
I've been listening to a podcast lately where the host asks guests to name 3 books they love and one they hate, and then she makes recommendations to them (What Should I Read Next is the name of the podcast, for those interested). I've shamelessly stolen this, because I'm always interested in what people read, and always looking for new things to pick up. So tell me your three loves and one hate (and feel free to elaborate on why).
A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving
I had discovered John Irving a couple of years before this came out, and devoured everything of his to that point. This was the first hardback book I ever bought, because I had to have it immediately. And it was worth it - when I'd finished I wished I hadn't read it yet so I could have that experience for the first time again. I've read it every couple of years since and I still love it.
Behind The Scenes At The Museum - Kate Atkinson
Another of the rare books I read over and over. I didn't know anything about it going in, just picked it up from a library,s 'librarian recommendations' shelf a million years ago. It was so surprisingly funny and weird, but also touching. It's not really like anything I have read before or since.
It - Stephen King
Like most reading people, I got into Stephen King at an inappropriately young age, when I ran out of Nancy Drews and Encyclopedia Browns and started raiding my aunt's bookshelves. My first was Salem's Lot and from there it was everything I could get my hands on. I was in my late teens when It came out, and oh man, what a story! The ending is a little... eyebrow raising, but everything until then is just so good. There is no one who can write kids like King can. What a storyteller.
And the book I hate:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I had an English Lit teacher who was obsessed with this book, so I had to suffer through in-depth analysis of it for half a year. I've never gotten over it. It's a terrible romance novel about two terrible people. UGH.