Thursday, October 27, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

I don't usually participate in  the Booking Through Thursday meme, but I was just thinking about this very thing the other day.  For those of you who don't know what BTT is, each week book bloggers are given a question to ponder, and share their answers with their readers and one another.   Here it goes:

What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?

By far the most challenging book I've ever read is ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy.  The first time I read it was in college, and I read it from a student's perspective, in preparation to write a paper, so not only was my focus limited, but it was stunted at best.

The second time I read ANNA KARENINA was for my book club, which I love.  We were discussing Classics that we always wanted to read, but never got around to.  Titles like LITTLE WOMEN and JANE EYRE were tossed around.  I'm not sure why we chose ANNA KARENINA but I'm so glad we did.  My view of the world and my experience as a reader had changed drastically since my first read, and my appreciation for this hefty classic increased tremendously.

If you haven't read it yet - it's worth the effort!

My next challenging read?

*If you would like to share your own answer to the Booking Through Thursday question, feel free to do so below, or if you have a blog of your own, feel free to add your link below, as well as on the BTT main page (link above).


Zibilee said...

My toughest read was The Satanic Verses, which I have started and abandoned many times. Rushdie is brilliant, but oh so complex, and I wonder if I will ever get through it.

I actually think you will enjoy Atlas Shrugged. It's not as hard as it's made out to be, just very, very long!

Alison's Book Marks said...

I have never attempted The Satanic Verses...but I have read The Fountainhead and loved it! I found it a quicker read than I had expected, just because the storyline had a wonderfully fast pace. Good luck finishing SV!!

bermudaonion said...

I'm so impressed that you've read it twice!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I haven't read Atlas Shrugged before but that's definitely one that I want to tackle someday!

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