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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sharing Beyond Books #235 January 9, 2016

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!
We had a nice, if short, visit from my sister, her husband and two of my nephews. I hope to see them again as they travel back across Florida.
Our weather has warmed a little again but we still have rain.

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.

(Fredamans added to last week's comments that she just got a new computer with Windows 10 and likes it so far.)
I was a little surprised that six people do not use FB at all. Seven people do follow some businesses, three of which mentioned local companies and two mentioned following products. Three of us follow book related sites and I am surprised that number wasn't higher.


The Winner from SBB #234 comments is: #12 Becky who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated ARC/Review titles or (not yet updated) Love titles - all linked near the end of the post. I'm hoping to update the book choices - maybe the beginning of next year, lol. Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #235
(One Question.)
Becky asks: 1) What books did you hate reading in school?
 Although I can't say I ever "hated" reading, the first book that came to mind that I didn't like was War and Peace although I can't honestly say why except it was long and about war. Then I did a little research to try to recall what books I might have been asked to read in high school (almost 50 years ago). I found this list of 21 classics which is consistent with titles I recall. I read all of these but three (Their Eyes Were Watching God, Heart of Darkness and The Crucible). I found this list of 23 books you should have read in high school. From this list I have not read Mrs. Dalloway, As I Lay Dying, The Bell Jar and Metamorphosis. Of those I did read, I remember that I did not like Waiting for Godot.
Here is one more, longer, list. I didn't like reading Dickens in High School although I came to appreciate him later.
Image found at Great! Kids.

Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify to use.

Your turn to share:
Becky asks: 1) What books did you hate reading in school?

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Valentine and "Love" books or the February 2015 Newly Updated ARC/Review List. (My daughter pulled several of the Christmas titles to give with gift bags we made up for the nursing homes. One of these days I will get together a new box of Christmas titles.)

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on the question above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday January 16, 2015 at 5 PM central.


  1. I come from a non English speaking country, so I doubt we had any books in common, but I definitely remember not liking to read in that period of my life.

  2. all of them after teh first year.... In first year the teacher asked us to read books from several genres and for each oen we had a list of title we could choose from ( one different for each student) that was great as we could find somethingto discover and like even if the genre in itself wasn't to our taste.

    After.. it got a disaster the teacher from second year to 6th, it means 2 or 3 different teachers if i remember well) had worst taste possible and we had no choice at all it was the same book ( 3 or 4 per year) for all of us.
    Why i hated those books? NO one had an happy ending NO ONE! it was always disaster, death, misery, suicide, etc... everything to see the world dark with no hope in it no matter the genre they managed it i was disgusted it took me age to read them and it's the few times in my life that i throw a book ( accross teh room as i was so disguted) it nearly make me stop reading all together

    and i'm not even speaking of classic here no, it was recent books mostly but i wouldn't recommend any of those to any children or students ( few adults only) those should have been at lesat discussed but no we were left alone in our misery how not to get depressive after such a regime i wonder

  3. Nothing I absolutely hated, but I remember thinking an Evelyn Waugh book to be extremely weird and not something I would choose to read otherwise.

  4. Reading English lit was not part of my school curriculum.

  5. I remember something called The Education of Henry Adams---I think. I have no idea who the author is---but it was just plain awful.

  6. I hated The Sun also Rises by Earnest Hemingway that we had to read in college. I just couldn't finish the book.

  7. Congrats to Becky!
    I can say there was not one book I hated in school. I developed my love of books whilst in English class. Everyone else hated Shakespeare, Steinbeck and more but not me. I ate it all up and still do.

  8. I didn't hate any of the books that we had to read as a class. What I did hate was having to read at the same pace as everyone!

  9. We never had requested reading at the school I went to.

  10. I don't know if I really hates the books or just the fact of being not the choice to choosing what to read. I know at the time I didn't enjoy reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

  11. I've always enjoyed reading, even in high school. Loved literature courses, but I didn't really like reading science/math textbooks. :)

  12. I can't think of any although I'm sure there's a few I disliked-but not hated.


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