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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Self-indulgent questions about books and reading 10

46: Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
I feel like I'd get along with Robin McKinley, and Cassandra Clare. Last FM says I have similar tastes to Neil Gaiman, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him when I met him last year. I've had good random mini-convos with various authors online, and I think we could be friends if proper conversations went as well.

I'm already friends with some great upcoming authors!

47: What book have you reread the most?
Probably...Narnia? Maybe Last Unicorn? Wuthering Heights? I don't really re-read books that often because there's so many that I haven't read at all, so it's got to be one I really, really love, or one that I've been forced to read over again at school (Things Fall Apart, Outsiders).

48: Which books do you consider "classics"?
Having a degree in English, pretty much the ones that are generally considered classics--but I'd add more written by women, more from outside the US and UK, and more from the popular genres. My personal classics are the ones that really sank into my head when I was a kid, ones that shaped me and how I write, but are not necessarily ones that I'd make a class read if I had to teach a class on the "classics". I think everyone needs to have their own individual cannon like that, though.

49: Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
The ones that are least boring on the list of those usually taught--I'm convinced the reason why so many people don't like to read is because they're told that only this narrow category of complicated, dull, written-by-dead-white-dudes books are "good" and they're not given ANY CHANCE AT ALL to pick the ones they'd rather read. So they don't even know what they'd rather read, and think that only the ones they hated are readable. So schools need to make reading less boring.

50: Which books should be banned from all schools?
I don't believe in banning books. Banning books only encourages them to be read, only they'll be read without context or education. Schools should be teaching kids to read everything with words in it, to think about what they're reading, and to put down books that scare them or confuse them too much--and then to read them again in ten years when they have more understanding of the world.

This isn't to say that there aren't books I hated reading--because there are--but that there should be more options than just the ones that are so dull no one questions them, or the ones that only talk about and support one view of the world, or the ones that are so inoffensive that we don't learn anything from them. We need to expand the list of books read in schools, not limit it.

And that's the end of this list! I'll find another one and start doing those questions once in a while soon!



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