So it has only taken me 2 semesters, 225 books and I finally (I think) have it figured out! I love to read! Last semester I took Children’s Lit and read over 200 children’s books for my independent project and it was fun but I didn’t love it. This semester I am making myself sit down and enjoy a book. I mean, really enjoy it—to the point where I can sit now for hours and read and not hear anything else going on around me…and it’s fantastic!
I have also noticed some perks to reading so much. I think now that I am more fluent, increased vocabulary, and I feel like my mind works harder and I can concentrate more. I don’t know maybe it’s just a temporary feeling, but I think I am seeing some rewards of reading so many hours a week for this Young Adult Lit class. And honestly, I look forward to going home and curling up with a good book. Not that all the books we read are happy, some deal with big life issues, but I have learned to enjoy them and the language that the authors use that is unique to each book.
After reading our first 5 novels for class, I have gone to bed after reading…exhausted! I get so wrapped up in the character and what they are doing through it is taxing on me (crazy, right?) Well, maybe not! I think that is part of a good book and getting enveloped in the text.
So on that note– I look forward to the rest of the semester full of reading, adventure, and learning through the eyes of the book characters.