Pop Culture Catch Up

Caitlynn, Jenn and I always talk about how we’re moving to a podcast for our Saturday discussions, but we haven’t had the opportunity. I must note though that there’s a bit of a difference between the written discussions we post and if we just posted the podcast.

The first being that we’re always off topic. So much so that there is inevitably some kind of reference to a book or movie or TV show that I’ve never seen or heard of and Jenn and Caitlynn talk to me about how sheltered a child I was.

These discussions have been happening since I was 15 years old and Jenn found out I had never seen Pretty Woman.

Jenn: “Oh my God. That movie is so good!”

Eden: “My mom said it was inappropriate.”

Jenn: “But it’s a love story!”

That’s 99 percent of our conversations when we’re talking pop culture.

So with that said, it should come to no surprise to our readers that I’m the least well read member of Thrice Read. This understanding has led me to begin reading novels that I should have read when I was in middle school (it was an average school that didn’t focus on novels) and elementary school.

The first on the list is Holes by Louis Sachar. I am currently reading the book with my 6th graders. I never read it when I was younger so I’m getting as much of a kick out of it my first time around as my kids are.

While I never read the book I also never saw the movie. That will be the next step once my classes and I complete the book.

From there I plan to read all the books I hear my friends talk about that I never read as a child these books include:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Are you there God? It’s me Margaret by Judy Blume

If you have any suggestions, please leave them below. My childhood is calling and it’s telling me that I may have missed some important stuff.





2 thoughts on “Pop Culture Catch Up

  1. Great list!

    Here are my suggestions:

    – Forever … by Judy Blume
    – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    – Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    – The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    – Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    Can’t wait to see your thoughts! I loved Holes, The Outsiders, all of Roald Dahl’s books, and Judy Blume is one of my idols.


    1. Thank you! Everyone talks about their love for Judy Blume and it feels about time to up my childhood reading game. Also, Bridge to Terabithia was one of the first novels I ever read and had an actual emotional reaction to. I was like 10 and sobbing through the entire ending!


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