When at first you can’t finish a book …

In our show last week, Kerri talked with Kevin Smokler about going back to the books he was assigned in high school, and finding new appreciation for the stories when he wasn’t forced to read them.

We asked you what book you love to re-read, but now we want to hear what books from your past you would assign yourself to try again. Maybe it’s a book you hated in 10th grade English class, or just one you don’t think you truly understood the first time around. Kerri is re-reading “The Remains of the Day.” Tell us what book you think deserves a second chance.

  • Jeffersonian

    I HATED The Red Badge of Courage (9th grade). It was a huge struggle just to finish it, even though I was into the Civil War big time. And I loved books. Maybe it was my teacher??? I

  • Carrie Mesrobian

    I absolutely LOATHED The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which was assigned in 10th grade. Knowing what I know now – about the great American novel and story and all – I probably still will never re-read it.

    • There are so many great books out there. It’s hard — as my mother would say– to ‘stick beans up your nose’ and read a book in which you know you found no pleasure.

  • Mike B

    “Moby Dick”. Couldn’t stomach it in high school—that long-winded whaling encyclopedia entry was my Everest. Decided to re-read it a few years ago and found it to be full of magic and intended humor. Led to me reading other Melville books, too. The man is a genius, and “Moby Dick” is just the beginning.

    • I know many people who are fans of his short stories.
      I never knew he wrote poetry. One of my friends had dinner with Allen Ginsberg and someone mentioned “hey, I just read some Melville poetry” and Ginsberg started reciting works from memory.

  • Guest

    Perhaps I should give “Crime and Punishment” another try. Last time I progressed nicely for a while, then I completely lost track of everything. Demanding writer that Dostojevski. That said, I have a strong feeling that reading it is worthwhile.

  • From a submission by a listener:

    Perhaps I should give “Crime and Punishment” another try. Last time I progressed nicely for a while, then I completely lost track of everything. Demanding writer that Dostojevski. That said, I have a strong feeling that reading it is worthwhile.