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Having the End in Sight

August 27, 2010

Okay, people. I have a confession to make. I had to take a break from The House of Mirth. Here’s why.

1)This is my third re-read of this book. It’s my first re-read on the entire ML list. Amazing that I’ve had to get 31 books in before there was one that I read. So I already know the ending, and because of that I’m not particularly motivated to finish it.

2)Even though I’ve read this book twice before, AND know the ending, I am more emotionally sucked into what is happening in this book than I’ve been both times before, AND more so than I have been with any other ML book. Every time Lily gets her heart stomped on and people are mean to her, mine is stomped on too. It hurts. I wonder why this is? Maybe it is because Edith Wharton really is that amazing!

So, I decided to give myself a break from Lily and the ML for a week or so. I’ve decided to toughen myself up emotionally by reading (gulp, I can’t believe I’m admitting this out loud on a classics blog), The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. I figure nothing should thicken my emotional skin more quickly than reading about a bunch of teenagers ruthlessly hunting each other down and killing each other.

  • Those of you who wonder if I am turning to the Dark Side by reading a YA novel on a classics blog, have no fear. This is a one-time deal and should show you just how badly I need to clear my literary palate right now.
  • Those of you who think less of me for this literary faux pas clearly haven’t read The Hunger Games. It’s amazing, and for those of you who loved the Harry Potter series, in terms of action, Hunger Games blows them away.

So, back to the main topic of the posting…..I wondered how many other readers out there feel about knowing the ending to a book, and how that makes you experience re-reading the book, or if knowing the ending makes you decide whether or not you want to re-read it. Do any of you out there ever read the last page of a book before you finish it? Come on, we’ve all done it once (or twice, or a lot….in my case. I admit it. I am a last-page readin’ junkie). Can’t wait to see what you come up with! And I seriously hope the odds are ever in Katniss’ favor, because I like her.

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