How did you react to assigned reading when you were in school/university/college/etc.? How do you think on these books now? What book were you ‘forced’ to read when you where in school that you’ve since reread and loved?
This question called to mind my first day of kindergarten, a day that still ranks as one of the most disappointing days of my school experience. You see, I was all primed and ready for a desk of my own, with a nice stack of books. I fully expected to have a homework assignment, and was fiercely hoping that homework would involve reading something.
Imagine my surprise and disdain to learn that kindergarten (at least in the early 1960’s) was going to consist entirely of playing games, drawing pictures, and sitting in a circle while someone read picture books to us! Horror!
So you can see I’ve never minded being assigned books to read- in fact, I still get a bit of a thrill when some required reading comes my way. I had a delightful time perusing the reading lists for the World Citizen Challenge, and even more fun ordering the books from various libraries throughout my county.
Of course, actually reading the assigned books is sometimes another matter entirely. I suffered quite a bit through Moby Dick, Gulliver’s Travels, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Ever the good student, I completed the assignments without resorting to Cliff Notes, and though I sincerely doubt I’ll ever read those books again, I’m at least glad to know they’re in my literary canon.
Now tell me, how do you get on with required reading?
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