Force kids in school to read crappy, overrated books that are “the best books ever written” solely because they’re “classics” and then call those kids idiots because those aren’t the kind of books they like to read and sit back and wonder why we have a nation full of multiple generations worth of people who willfully and proudly refuse to read.
Yeah, no, this was me all the way through high school and university. Andromeda Strain was fantastic - All the King’s Men was boring as fuck to me, and an utter slog to get through. This is the kind of stuff I like:
The Hot Zone - Richard Preston
The Demon in the Freezer - Richard Preston
Spillover - David Quammen
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex - Mary Roach (actually, everything by Mary Roach is fucking gold - very educational, very interesting, well-researched, and with a sense of humor that is completely irreverent at times, and respectful exactly when it needs to be. Look up her TED talk about orgasms on YouTube)
Idk, I like science, and sci-fi, and fantasy. Almost anything, really, that focuses on humor, or factual information presented in an interesting way, or something that emphasizes human emotion and experience.
Oh, have you read Have Spacesuit—Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein? It sounds like it’d be right up your alley. Scifi story about a kid who wins an old-fashioned spacesuit and ends up on a space adventure. Lot of fun.
I had a lot of trouble getting through most of the classics because so many of them are tragedies or bittersweet endings. I hated having to slough through Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, but I loved every moment of Much Ado About Nothing when I read it on my own time. Catcher in the Rye and Grapes of Wrath danced between annoying and frustrating to me because I couldn’t make myself like or sympathize with the lead characters, but I read like half the school library from cover to cover and loved a lot of the books. Something Wicked This Way Comes was one I checked out all the time.
Seriously, if it wasn’t for my parents having all the books they did and encouraging me to read so much, I might have grown up hating it.