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Name a book or author that you truly wanted to love but left you disappointed. (And, of course, explain why.)

This would absolutely have to be Charles Dickens. Try as I might to appreciate his books, I can’t help falling asleep after a couple of pages. The heavily annotated version of Great Expectations was among my worst reading experiences in high school. I hear that Dickens is gifted at characterization, setting, and plot. I would agree with the first two, but not with the last – I find his stories incredibly dull and slower than molasses. My English teacher recommended Bleak House to me in high school, but to no avail. Dickens isn’t in the cards for me.

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