I met this guy when I was a freshman in college – beautiful brown eyes, crazy-intelligent, quiet/mysterious, excellent table manners. We were in an English class together and, let me tell you, I was googly-eyed for this sucker. When it came time to read Shakespeare aloud, every girl in the classroom fell a little victim to his southern-Missouri accent, the drawled edges and dips in volume practically Nerd-Porn to our ears.
By some great fortunate blessing, I was the lucky girl who he chose to sit next to at the table-for-two at the east window. (Dear God, I hate my eighteen year old self for thinking of it as a “table-for-two” complete with quotational fingers when in fact it was just a table with one broken leg meant for two people to sit at.) A third of the way into the semester, he asked if I’d want to go grab ice cream after class and talk dogs/fishing/missing home.
A few random, romantic walks back to the dorm over the next few nights later and he made a move. Probably the one and only guy in my kissing history to have ever said: “I’m gonna kiss you now.” It was the sweetest, most cheesy, perfect scenario ever.
Low and behold, ole McDrawly’s kiss didn’t do a damn thing for me. In fact, my crush ended with the kiss. We finished out the semester at our table-for-two as friends on equal footing. He was one of the few friends I made in those first awkward months of college – trying to find myself and all that jazz.
That’s what this week’s Top 5 prompt reminds me of: BOOKS YOU DISLIKED BUT LOVE TO DISCUSS. I sure as hell didn’t dislike College English Class Guy Who Shall Remain Unnamed, but I did dislike the chemistry. Doesn’t mean I don’t still want to talk about how magical of a human being he was to me in that phase of my life. The biblio-devil-women of Top Five Wednesday Discussion group @ Goodreads created this prompt just so I could reminisce McDrawly and these five books that didn’t quite light the spark for me:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Y’all. Please explain to me what it was about this book that you liked. I’m serious. Tell me because I’m honestly curious. I despised this one.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Okay. Mixed emotions here. I disliked it because it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work, which is the joy of creative venture = sometimes things just don’t go the way we hope. And we cry. And have a book hangover for days. Also, it brought up contemporary issues which I found I WANTED to discuss. What would you have done in Lou’s position? How would you have felt?
The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Again. Mixed emotions. “Dislike” seems a strong word because I for sure couldn’t stop reading. It just drained me. Constantly inquisitive as to why everyone likes this book because it’s always for very different reasons.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – HATED this one. Everyone just raved and raved about how wonderful and poignant it was. Bleccccck. Gag me. Let’s talk about melodrama and the way it should be effectively used in literature. This is a perfect example how NOT to.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I can practically see you Classic Junkies with a bulging vein about to pop out of your forehead. Sorry, not sorry. No matter what different phase I am in life or how many times I reread it…still just can’t like it. I’ll talk about it if you like because it always makes for interesting conversation.
** I don’t have any of these books in my possession anymore hence the generic images from Goodreads.com. Gotta make room for the things I want and enjoy reading on my shelves. It’s taken me years to come to terms with the fact I DON’T HAVE TO FINISH READING SOMETHING IF I DON’T LIKE IT. Laugh, but it’s true.
Stay classy, San Diego.