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Pop Quiz: What are you reading?

I’m in the midst of the “Complete Sherlock Holmes.” I admit my rather recent obsession has been spurred on by the particularly entertaining adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But this is only the next in a series of “why didn’t I read this sooner?” books, stories, and series that I’ve devoured over the last decade or so.

I’m no stranger to “You’ve never seen that movie?!” but am a bit more put off by “You’ve never read that book?!” I love to read, and did voraciously as a kid. However, for a very long time I never much liked what we read in school, and my solo library wanderings were still limited in the grand scope of literature. And so I find myself at one time or another reading all the Jules Verne that I can, or digging into Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, an early cornerstone of science fiction literature. I’m once again delving into the works of Isaac Asimov at the same time of my Sherlock obsession. Okay, so I slant a bit more to the science fiction side of things, but I didn’t realize until late that these were the type to hold my interest. That doesn’t stop me from also keeping myself up at night with the works of H.P. Lovecraft or reading the original Dracula. I even finally read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, some time after I’d seen all the movies.

What works of fiction did you feel your education lacked? What are you reading now, or have read recently, that you wished you’d come across long ago? Or are you quiet content to find new things to read throughout adulthood?

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Nicole is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at a small liberal arts college. Her home on the internet can be found at One Astronomer's Noise.

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  1. September 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm —

    I know that feeling of “why the hell didn’t I read this before?” But to be honest, it’s more a good feeling than a bad one, since it means I found an awesome book to read. I’m not sure which books are read in the US during school, but in Costa Rica I never really liked what I read. Actually I wasn’t a big reader until I was 18 or so. In school I can recall perhaps The Odyssey, Hamlet and Animal Farm, the rest were extremely dull for the most part. Some were entertaining but not too really memorable, so I had to wait until college to start reading of my own accord.

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