Wednesday, March 4, 2009

To analyze or not to analyze...

I haven't been posting much lately because I'm in the middle of a lot of heavy reading that is only going to get worse. I'm reading The Fountainhead, Wuthering Heights, and will soon start Jane Eyre. I wouldn't have chosen to read all of these at once, but it is hard!

I have to read all of these books analytically. I know if I wasn't reading them for school, I wouldn't dig so deep. What books do you think have to be thoroughly analyzed in order to appreciate? What books that are usually picked apart can do without all the reading between the lines? Also, what books do you think could use some reading between the lines? I did an analysis of Chick Lit and fond out some interesting things. Are there other books/genres that would benefit from something like this?

I'd like to hear what you think!


bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

I am interested to find out what you figure out about chick-lit. I am so glad I am not in English classes at university any more. I just like to read and not analyze! Oh, and I really don't enjoy books like Jane Eyre. I think my dose was too intense in college to ever get me back there.

I hope you get to read for fun soon!

Sarah said...

Bethany, you can read my post about reading Chick-Lit analytically at

Kitten said...

I have to confess that, when I was in high school and college, I lost my love of reading. I had an English teacher who analyzed Tale of Two Cities TO DEATH, and I refused to go near any book for a while (unless it was for class).

In college I had to read MINIMUM 15 pages a week for my 2 majors, and it killed my love of reading for years.

I didn't get back into reading till 2 years ago, once I was sufficiently done with college and grad school, as well as moving every two years.

I try not to over-analyze too much of what I read...I just want to enjoy it, and let my thoughts wander as they may.

I know I wasn't much help, but I thought I'd contribute my 2 cents.

P.S. Just saw your do you make gingerbread lattes in the crockpot? Sounds tasty!

Sarah said...

I got the recipe for corck pot gingerbread lattes at

Her proportions are a little off. She says the whole recipe makes 4. A half recipe makes 3 mugs of gingerbread latte if you use 1/2 of the milk mixture and 1/2 coffee in the mug! You don't have to have the milk in the crock pot as long as she says either. Just have it in long enough to get nice and warm if you are impatient!