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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I bought the book Pillars of the Earth. I noticed that it had a sticker from Oprah's book club on it and I thought, "This is a huge book. With that sticker, it must be popular. I love medieval times and I've been to Europe and seen the great cathedrals. This could be GOOD!" I had high hopes. I read it like crazy, even under my blanket with my book light. Sure, the language was modern, but this was a modern book. I sympathized with the characters. I was intrigued by the woman who lived in the woods. What was she all about?? Hmmmmm...

Then I get to the point of absolute graphic sex and violence. A baby is left out to die in the wilderness. And I can't take it anymore. I was so totally disappointed that I just threw the book in the trash. And I always finish a book, even if I don't like it. What a fascinating story this could have been without it reading like pornography or some smutty Harlequin romance novel? Yech.

So I don't put much stock in anything Oprah says anyway, so why I thought this book would be any different, I don't know. But what I DO know is that Gladys Hunt has LOTS to say about good books. And since I've so enjoyed her book for children, Honey for a Child's Heart, I used a Borders gift card I received for Christmas to buy her book Honey for a Woman's Heart.

I will let dear, dear Gladys Hunt guide my book buying from this moment on. Thanks but no thanks, Oprah.

5 comments:

I haven't cared for Oprah's book choices either.

December 20, 2007 at 9:05 PM  

Julie,
Honey for a Child's Heart is also a favorite of mine and I bought Honey for a Women's Heart when we were in the states this last time.

I am enjoying reading her book and am making a list of things I want to buy... I think I will start with the classics.

I love Oprah and have great respect for her desire to get people reading. But I have not read every book on her list for the same reasons you just mentioned... if I know the subject matter will be offensive to me I won't buy it!

December 21, 2007 at 1:35 AM  

Thanks for the tip! i have only ever thrown away a book mid-way-through once in my life. It was "The Red Tent." Again, it came so highly recommended, and it was an addicting read...however, the subject matter, and general underlying spirit, was so offensive to the spirit in me. It had to go!

December 21, 2007 at 9:38 AM  

I will have to buy Honey for a Woman's Heart. What a great idea!

I don't Oprah to tell me what to read either. In fact I REALLY don't need Oprah to tell me how to vote. Unfortunately, some people think they do.

December 22, 2007 at 4:24 PM  

I'm not sure why I thought this recommendation would be a good one, but boy was it BAAAAAD. Seriously freaky gross weird. Totally.

Can I stress how utterly depraved it was?

Moving on...

December 24, 2007 at 9:28 PM  

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