This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…
“This week’s musing asks…
Have you ever read a book that, at the time, you didn’t feel a strong connection towards, but as time goes by you find yourself thinking about it a lot?“
This doesn’t happen to me too often. If I can’t connect to a book the first time, there is a chance I might never connect with it at all.
The exact opposite has happened more than once. I use to like a particular book but as time went by I started disliking it. This happened with two of George Bernard Shaw’s plays Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell. I used to like them but now they just irritate me.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is a book I’ve grown fonder of over the years. I did like it when I read it the first time some eight years ago. But today as a (hopefully!) more matured individual I understand and love the book much better.
So funny that you mention Great Expectations. I mentioned the classics in part of my MM. I know I would appreciate so much more about the classics reading them now than I ever did when teachers thrust them upon me. My MM: http://etjrmbach.blogspot.com/2012/07/false-first-impressions-musing-mondays.html
As a precocious child, I read classics on my own volition. But no matter how mature a child thinks it is the ability to understand certain emotions doesn’t grow till much later. I read Great Expectations but I understood it much later. 🙂
So true about Great Expectations. It really grows on you 🙂
I’m so glad that someone else thinks so too! 🙂
The Black Veil by Rick Moody stands out for me. I disliked it while I was reading it, but had a bit more appreciation when I gave it a so-so Amazon review. Now I find myself thinking of this book frequently. I need to reread it.
Tossing It Out
Never heard of this book. Going to check it out.
I just wrote something similar in my response on another blog–the classics tend to stay with me longer than some contemporary lit.
For me it’s classics all the way!
There have been a lot of books I’ve connected with and then forgotten, but only a few that I’ve not connected with and still thought about. The two I talked about today are classics, but books that stuck with me for the long haul. Books I’ll never forget!
Also, I love Great Expectations!!
I loved your answer! I really should read more Edith Wharton.