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Booking Through Thursday: Now or Then?

June 17, 2010

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks: Do you prefer reading current books? Or older ones? Or outright old ones? (As in, yes, there’s a difference between a book from 10 years ago and, say, Charles Dickens or Plato.)

I guess I would have to say current ones— or current within the past 50-60 years. A wide margin, to account for my love of Cherry Ames novels, which are mostly of the 40s and 50s.

I feel sheepish about how much I love books set in the Regency, but written in the 21st century. Especially in contrast to feeling dubious and reluctant to read books that were written closer to being contemporary with that time period.

Unless I am reading in a classroom setting, I struggle to get through a lot of the “classics.” I know there are gaps in my education. I keep picking up The Age of Innocence or Sense and Sensibility, full of good intentions, and then putting it down. But give me a modern author’s take on something in the 19th century, and I gobble it right up, as an engrossing page turner.

No idea what that’s about- subtle shifts in the vocabulary? Outspoken and active female characters feeling freer to flout conventions?

I know I should go back and make sure I’ve read classics like Wuthering Heights but…

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  1. June 17, 2010 1:30 pm

    I tend to find tons of best sellers that I love, so I read a lot of current books.

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