Books. We’re always talking about them on World’s Strongest Librarian and yesterday was a pretty fun discussion about books we hated. As I looked through everyone’s comments I noticed that certain classics usually pop up on more than one person’s list.
What makes a book a classic? The fact that it is old? I have a friend at the library who is a brilliant writer and reader and simply says that he isn’t interested in reading anything older than 100 years. He has gone so far as to say that Universities should quit teaching the old stuff like The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina (always a favorite on the hate lists), and the other dusty old pages along those lines.
While I disagree with that, I’m past the point of wanting to read books just because they are classics, and my fascination with checking off book lists is waning as well.
But for today, let’s talk about two things:
- What makes a classic a classic? Is it even a question that can be answered?
- What classic or classics do you feel are worth reading?
I’ll start with Don Quixote. It is still, paragraph per paragraph, the funniest book I know of. I doubt that will ever change. I also know plenty of people that hate it, so who knows?
Oh, and here is the link to yesterday’s poll about our most hated books.
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