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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 9:33 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:08 AM ET
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I read this for a book club read a few years ago and I was excited cause like you I had heard so many good things about it. However, i had a different reaction to it. I agree, I hated Heathcliff but yet couldnt put it down. But the book was so twisted it haunted me for a long time.  i almost put down The Thirteenth Tale cause the beginnign was a lot like wuthering Heights, but was glad I stuck with it. However, I would not reread Wuthering Heights again. I still dont understand how anyone considers it a romantic tale. to me it should be listed as a horror/thriller.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:24 AM ET
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I read that a few years ago, and it was a very different experience than reading it as a young girl. I think the teenage angst is a lot better than what's being stuck in YA novels today says the person who is up to here with angsty teens after all the ya excerpts I just had to read for the ABNA contest.

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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:03 AM ET
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Wuthering Heights is on my list to read this year for the Classics challenge! Another fabulous classic book was Little Women. That was my first book of the year and a definite keeper for me.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:31 AM ET
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I've just finished Uncle Tom's Cabin, a classic I'd never read and downloaded onto my iPad b/c it was free and I wanted to have something on there in case I got caught (gasp!) without a book---not the easiest read because it is written almost wholly in dialogue, BUT incredibly funny in its point of view and the editorializing that Stowe sneaks into it...and one to make you ponder its central issue and how it was received in its day. I wished I had read it long before. So I think that's another one for the list.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 12:09 PM ET
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Colleen, I read Uncle Tom's Cabin  in college and remember being pleasantly surprised by how good it was.

I am on a mission to read more classics. I have gotten hooked on the author ebook collections by Mobile Reference available in the Kindle store. (You can find them by searching an author's name with the word "mobi.")

For just a few bucks each, you can enjoy dozens of novels and short stories. I've bought several, including Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rafael Sabatini, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Kipling.

Many of the same works are available in free versions, but when you buy the "mobi" versions, you get the convenience of having them all in one big file, as well as a very useful, clickable Table of Contents so you can go immediately to the novel you want. Most of them cost $5 or less.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 12:48 PM ET
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I read "Wuthering Heights" in high school and hated it, hated it.  I wrote a paper on the fact the book would have been better without Heathcliff ;)

It's on my TBR pile, because now that I'm a wee bit older, I think I'd have a different perspective.