I know, I know. You folks who have been blogging for years must think it’s pretty lame of me to get so giddy about reaching the millennium-mark in terms of blog views . . . but it’s a big deal to me. Especially since I started “The Books That Mattered” just four months ago (October 2013). I was a complete and utter blog virgin before then.
The verdict so far . . . writing this blog has been an utter blast; so much more involving and interesting and invigorating than I expected.
Books I’ve Covered so Far
- The James Bond Books — Ian Fleming
- The Bell Jar — Sylvia Plath
- On the Road — Jack Kerouac
- The Catcher in the Rye — J. D. Salinger
- Love Story — Erich Segal
- Goodbye, Columbus — Philip Roth
- One Few Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Ken Kesey
- Soul on Ice — Eldridge Cleaver
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull — Richard Bach
- The Mole Family’s Christmas — Russell Hoban
- Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas — Russell Hoban
- A Christmas Memory — Truman Capote
- The Fountainhead — Ayn Rand
Biggest (Positive) Surprise: The Bell Jar. I had thought it was a book strictly for confused coming-of-age girls, but boy was I wrong. So glad I finally got to read it.
Biggest (Negative) Surprise: The Fountainhead. As I mentioned in my post, if it weren’t for the Fifty Shades of Grey-type sex scenes, I don’t think I could have slogged through it. The tawdry politics and lousy prose are a perfect match.
Biggest Let-Down: On the Road. I still found some things to like, but the writing just didn’t hold up. It’s weird to see how differently you can react to a book from one reading (in your early twenties) to the next (in your early sixties).
Best Writing: Goodbye, Columbus. A writer of Philip Roth’s stature and longevity doesn’t get there by accident. He was a master right from the beginning. His prose is so clear and crisp and beautiful. It’s so good, I kind of hate his guts.
Most Fun Post to Write: “The Poop on . . . Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” It’s so much fun to write about a really bad book–you can let loose and have some yuks. (I also loved writing about Love Story — an equally terrible book.)
Best Part About Writing My Blog (#1): Connecting with old friends and making some new ones.
Best Part About Writing My Blog (#2): Revisiting some books that I haven’t read in forever, and getting a chance to read for the first time some terrific Baby Boom-era books.
So thanks to those of you who have been reading along. Please feel free to comment and let me know what’s on your mind — love to get feedback, hear suggestions, or just shoot the breeze.
On to the next 1,000 views!