Summer reading can be THE WORST.
Have you ever had a summer reading assignment for a class starting in the fall that you just HATED?
Okay, so most people don’t like being told which books they MUST read, but I’ve always been a reader and picked up a lot of books willingly. Most my summer reading books (which, yes, I did do! #bibliophile) were okay books, ones that I don’t remember specifically.
There is one I DO remember.
It was for the Science Fiction & Fantasy English Honors class, and I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS CLASS OH MY GOSH I GET TO READ FANTASY FOR SCHOOL WHAT IS THIS AMAZINGNESS.
But Dune shattered my dreams.
I hated this book.
SO. MUCH. HATE.
I thought it was boring and wordy and I didn’t really feel like writing a five page essay about the importance of spice to the people in this world and about blue eyes and it’s been ten years and I still remember my burning frustration for having to read this book.
And what really killed me was that EVERYONE ELSE in the class loved it.
Dune by Frank Herbert is considered a science fiction classic. It’s apparently the world’s best-selling science fiction novel. Half a million people on Goodreads think it is the bees knees. I should probably love it but NOPE. NOPE NOPE NOPE.
I think I might have liked Jessica, but probably only for her name. Gosh, did I find this book boring. And I liked Roger Zelanzy, who wrote science fiction around the same time as Frank Herbert.
Are any of you working through summer reading right now?
Are you in love with it? IS IT THE WORST THING EVER.
Oh goose, please tell me you do not have to read Dune. My poor dragonmites! If you are reading Dune, stop now, head over to the Goodreads page for the synopsis, then sneak over to SparkNotes. I’VE GOT YOUR BACK.
Okay, so perhaps this isn’t fair.
I clearly have strong opinions about this book. I have this weird thing where I like to read books I ENJOY and books that are in my genre. Most books in my favorite genres I can read, and I can appreciate. This was just… not… one of them.
The movie had Patrick Stewart, right? So there’s that?
Speak to me, my lovelies.
Tell me all about your summer reading assignments. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Present and past. I want to hear redeeming stories about assigned books! I want to hear about books you wanted to drown in a vat of molten lava.
And if you want to read about properly good reading I had to do for school, you can check out this Top Ten Tuesday list….