Several years ago I decided Oprah and I had nothing in common in our reading tastes. So many of her choices were full of misery for hundreds of pages and then resolved into cheer in the last three pages. I was determined not to fall into her trap
I broke my resolution for Julie, who said I must read A Million Pieces by James Frey. She was right. It was compelling, if not exactly true, as was later discovered.
Oprah called it right when she chose Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, as that is on my all time, all time best book list, having read it ten years before she chose it. But it did lead me to the follow up book, World Without End.
OK, a little more credence in her corner. Then she picked Edgar Sawtelle, which definitely did not follow her formula. There was fascination for hundreds of pages before the horrible let down at the end. It was pointed out to me, that my angry reaction to the ending (for days on end) only meant that it was a book I was passionate about.
I have to agree.
Well now comes her summer reading list, '25 books I won't be able to put down:
I was absolutely sure The Help would be first on the list. No where to be seen...
I hope some of you readers will check it out and tell me I'm wrong, but not one appealed to me. Help...