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Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Challenge 8.

Day 01 – The best book you read this year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book

Day 8.

Even the books that strike me as overrated - especially them, to a certain extent, are valuable teaching tools, reinforcing my perception of what is good writing vs. what others seem to feel is. This is hard. I can barely justify this because it is from a place of such subjective personally horror, but I think Flannery O'Connor's a Good Man is Hard to Find is not, to use the parlance of a simpler time, all that. Her theory is among my favorite, but her fiction is not for me. It is for virtually everybody else I know, so I can comfortably declare that it has been overrated by others to me.

Oh, but that's nothing to dwell on. There is so much good.

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