My couples book club met last week, and everyone revealed their secret reading. We were to choose a book we’d missed reading years before, and we were to keep the choice secret from our spouse.
It turned out that only Hubby and I could keep the secret! Book choices ranged widely from the classical to the popular. Our friends agreed with many of the comments from Mysteristas, that they’d always read whatever they wanted whenever they wanted.
But upon deeper searching, they found that there actually was a book or two that they’d missed over the years.
The main reasons for missing a book:
- No time for extra reading with the likes of graduate school, new careers, growing families, etc.
- The book didn’t appeal to us then–we thought it just wasn’t our type, even if it was something we “should” have read.
- What we thought we wanted to read all those years ago, turned out not to be so interesting today. Maybe we were right to have skipped the book back then!
- Conversely, the books we skipped because they didn’t appeal to us before, we enjoyed today.
- Tastes change. (Who’d’ve guessed?!?)
I’d had a hard time choosing just one book, so I chose two:
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. When I was in college, Steinbeck was my favorite author, and I was rapidly reading everything he’d written. When I realized I would soon run out of his books and have to face the rest of my life without a new Steinbeck, I deliberately saved this book for later. While I did enjoy reading it now, it wasn’t like before. It’s probably not my favorite of his work, but maybe it would’ve been if I’d read it back then. Or maybe I’ve found too many other favorite authors since then?
The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. Since this is the first detective novel, I’d always wanted to read it, but put it off because it looked so daunting. It wasn’t the easiest read, given the language and styles of 19th century, but it was really interesting to see the eccentricities of the detective and his almost supra reasoning ability–characteristics that later detectives would also assume.
Overall, this was a fun assignment, and now I’m encouraged to read more from my list of missed books (although without the secret!)