April 17, 2010

Oh, But I Didn't Want to Like It

My first book in the "15 Books in 15 Days" journey seems highly appropriate. I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society because Mrs. M-mv said it was good, and I trust her opinion. She has rarely steered me wrong. She said she read it because Girl Detective said it was worthwhile. It came from the library, off the wait list, the day before yesterday so I picked it up and began.

I didn't want to like it. I am just like that. I have found that I don't often like those books that are in fashion, The Help or The Life of Pi for example. At least I finished Pi, I coulen't get past the first twenty pages of The Help. Maybe it is my non-conformist nature. Maybe I just don't like people telling me what to do. I was determined not to like this book.

But I did. I did like it. It gives me reason to scoff at those people I know who say the uneducated can't understand great literature. It gives me reason to believe that anyone, at any point in their life, can become a reader. You just have to be in the right place and have the right inspiration.

It was an easy read - perfect for this challenge. It was a beautiful little book. But I didn't want to like it.

Stay tuned for more on the Channel Islands tomorrow. I am not kidding. Two books on a before little known part of the world.


  1. Oh, Inquirer, we are kindred reading spirits, I think. I didn't want to like it, read it anyway when my mother in law recommended it, and really enjoyed it. Not perfect, not high art, but pretty darn good, and about love of reading, which always helps.

    I didn't finish Pi; couldn't stomach it. And did finish the Help, but just got more annoyed with it as it went on.

    And I also have two active boys, so I'm a boy chaser, too.

  2. It's in my TBR stacks, but I've been reluctant for the same reasons as you and Girl Detective! Maybe it's time to bump it up the list a bit.