Two years ago, I declared my intention to re-read classic books I’d hated as a child or teenager and see if I’d changed my mind. Unfortunately, this project didn’t get very far at the time: I only re-read one book, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Therefore, I’m going to try again in 2018, starting with these five titles:
- Alice Walker, The Color Purple
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
- David Almond, Skellig
It’s interesting to note that two of these titles (Walker and Hardy) were books that I studied for English Literature A Level, and another two (Bronte and Atwood) were books that were often set for A Level at the time I was studying, and hence books that I felt I ought to have read. Similarly, Almond, which I read at a much younger age, was forced upon me because it had won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal for 1998. It is now considered a children’s classic.
Did you love or hate any of these books as a child or teenager? Have you re-read them since?