The Book Nook

Welcome to the Book Nook! This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism.

This week’s recommended discussion: the classics. What still holds up? What is non-essential to the modern reader (whether or not it’s good)? What rightfully belongs in the canon? What do you want to shoot from a canon?
hat tip to sallgood, man

One caveat: because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone (the OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread).

upcoming topics:
4/18: tropes you never tire of (h/t sic humor)
4/25: war (h/t lebkuchen)
5/2: epistolary books (h/t lebkuchen)
5/9: international (h/t lebkuchen)
5/16: favorite micro-genre (h/t sic humor)
5/23: didn’t appreciate when younger, but revisited and loved (h/t sic humor)
5/30: STEM books for non-experts (h/t sic humor)
6/6: the devil’s number book
6/13: adaptations that missed the point of the source material (h/t sic humor)
6/20: short stories (h/t sic humor)
6/27: mature content (h/t snugglewumps)
7/4: America the beautiful
7/11: mini author spotlights – name an author, opine about their best and worst, themes, etc. (h/t snugglewumps)
7/18: imprimaturs (h/t a quiet storm)
7/25: read in order
8/1: a writer’s fiction vs. non-fiction (h/t a quiet storm)