Published on 11/08/2014 by David Birkett
Among the bewilderingly myriad threads and strands on Twitter is one dedicated to the agonies experienced by American schoolchildren when they are obliged to read classic books. Their pain can be shared by looking up #worstbookever, and the heartfelt comments include:
It is 100% impossible to read Great Expectations
Chapter of Huckleberry Finn. Fall asleep.
Page of Huckleberry Finn. Fall asleep.
Word of Huckleberry Finn. Fall asleep.
Everything in this world > The Perks of being a Wallflower...
We’re not sure if any future critical geniuses are cutting their teeth here, but for adults who are able to select their own reading matter with no external direction, these and other comments make for entertaining reading.
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- Sheer's quality wins Welsh book prize - 22/07/2014
- Nigerian Writing Legend turns 80 - 22/07/2014
- Winter's Tales - 09/07/2014
- The Changing Face(s) of Children's Writing - 09/07/2014
- How do I love thee? Let me write a letter - 09/07/2014
- From concrete cows to writing robots - 02/07/2014
- Fine food at US libraries - 02/07/2014
- Are you sitting comfortably? - 26/06/2014
- Advantage, Dan Brown - 25/06/2014
- Much-loved poem turns 100 - 25/06/2014
- Serious comics - 16/06/2014
- The Future happened last weekend - 16/06/2014
- Hilary Mantel made dame - 16/06/2014
- The Book-Smellers' Association - 09/06/2014
- Playwright's house reopens as writing centre - 09/06/2014
- It's jaguar drinking-time in Brazil - 09/06/2014
- Japanese author sold via vending machine – in Poland - 02/06/2014
- Jeremy Paxman sparks a poetry debate - 02/06/2014
- Rediscovered Douglas Adams material to be published in new biography - 02/06/2014