These two classic books have been on my list for a long time, and I finally got around to reading them! But I didn’t have very strong feelings toward either of them.
Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry
I picked this up from my library because I’ve been wanting to read more of Maya Angelou, despite the fact that I’m totally not into poetry. (Honestly, I just don’t get it…)
Some of the lines that struck me most were these:
You’re Africa to me / At brightest dawn.
–To a Husband
Here then is my Christian lack: / If I’m struck then I’ll strike back.
–Lord, in My Heart
The poetry was beautiful, sometimes wrenching, and almost always clear. I do appreciate poetry that has a point (that is, a point that I can easily grasp–yes, I’m a total idiot about poetry). Still, it’s not really my thing. I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings better.
Rating: Good but Forgettable
The Catcher in the Rye
Okay, so I’ve been hearing about this book practically all my life, and I know for a lot of high schoolers it’s required reading. I’ve also heard from a lot of people who hated it. But I read straight through it and just felt kind of… bored. I guess the point is that Holden is experiencing the alienation that a lot of teenagers feel as they grow up? But honestly, he was bored, so I was bored. Possibly I didn’t give this book enough of a chance, but since I’m not in school anymore, no one can force me to go back and analyze the literary themes. So there!
P.S. If you want to see some other books in which I felt like I was missing something, check out my reviews of The Color Purple and Cold Comfort Farm. If you have a book that everyone else loved or said was a classic that you didn’t “get,” I’d love to hear about it in the comments!