Required Reading

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which led me to re-read The Catcher in the Rye, as reviews of Wallflower kept referencing Catcher.

I read Catcher 15 years ago, and I must admit, I enjoyed it way more this time than back in university. I don’t remember Holden being that funny and sensitive.

I feel cheated in a way. Many of the books I read in university, I don’t think I enjoyed, and I know it’s because I had so much to read and it became a chore. It was like, here’s another two classic fiction novels; read them before the end of the week. I couldn’t take the time to enjoy the books.

So my plan is to include a classic into my reading rotation. I’ve also been pushed to do this by my recent viewing of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. The film was jam-packed with literary references, and I got most of them, but it made me realize how much I had forgotten. When the film ended, I immediately went online to find a literary reference cheat sheet.

By the way, The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Simply beautiful. It’s firmly on my favourites list.

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