Wow! You guys have been chatty since I last stopped in!
I've never read (or even heard of) Jasper Fforde. I'm picking up a whole bunch of new authors here!
Last night, I started Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke. I worked in a middle school last year and we had a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) period. I bought a ton of books to load up my bookshelf in my classroom to A) Make sure I had books on hand for kids who "forgot" theirs and B) Make sure I had books on hand for kids who "just finished" theirs and wanted to take the entire time walking to the school library...and killing time while there. I read every book before I put it on the shelf so I could make recommendations or talk about a book with the kids, if they were so inclined. I have a large stack of books that I haven't read and that never made it onto the shelf. And, since I'm inn an elementary school and don't have a homeroom, I don't have kids for any free reading time. Plus, most of my books were too high for elementary. So, the books are in boxes on my porch (enclosed porch...so no danger of loss due to snow
), and I'm slowly working my way through the stack of unread ones...
Classics I've picked up...and found to be torture...I'd have to say Howard's End
by E.M. Forster (more of a modern classic, but still considered a classic). The only reason I finished it was because I was on a sailboat for 2 weeks and didn't have much access to other books. And, being ecologically minded, I couldn't throw it overboard
But, it was one of the most tedious books I've ever read...