Sure, I drop little tidbits here and there are my daily going-ons, but rarely do I commit and entire post to it. Since I've been absent since the beginning of September, I thought you might enjoy reading about where I'm at. I know it's a break from the regularly scheduled topics, but I hope you enjoy it anyhow. So here goes:
When September came around again (aka now), I had enough money saved, so I with many tears I quit my ITS job (kept my library job) and started university. I'm only taking four classes this semester (as opposed to five), because I took a dual credit course in high school. Even so, I have a lot of reading on my plate, since I'm taking two English courses and two History courses.
In high school, I never had required readings that were so intense that they took over my entire reading life. In short, I've always been able to have a "fun" book on the side. Now I'm looking at my reading schedule and seeing that reading my "fun" book might not be possible.
Now here's the question that's been bouncing around my head for the past week or so.
Does required reading take away the joy of reading?
When I expressed my concerns to my co-worker, who just recently graduated with a major in English, she told me that she banned "fun" books during the school year. She only read her choices in the summer; the rest of the year was dedicated to required readings. I've also heard a few people say that they never wanted to read another book after university. Those types of statements scare me a bit.
Will I never get to read any YA books? Is reading even going to be fun this year?
What if I grow to despise reading because it's forced upon me?
I took a breath and remembered why I was doing this.
This past year it's been rare for me to have the occasion to critically think about and discuss a book. And I really missed that. I didn't realize just how much I enjoyed analyzing and discussing books, until I didn't have it in my life anymore. Don't get me wrong, reading and writing book blogs helped fulfill that desire a lot, but there's nothing like the classroom. I love having an academic authority (aka a teacher) pushing me and the way I think about texts. For me that type of learning is part of the joy of reading. It's exciting that I'll get to experience that everyday, even if the readings being analyzed wouldn't be my first choice.
So am I going to despise reading by the end of this? I don't know. I hope not. I'll get back to you in May.
This post has been a bit of a brain dump for me, but I'm really interested in hearing your experiences with required reading. Did it sour your joy of reading? Did you get to have "fun" books on the side? Any tips on university in general? Leave me all your thoughts in the comment section.
P.S. I want to thank Jessica Nicole from Strung Out on Books for tagging me in the TBR tag. If you're interested in a post about my to-reads, feel free to check this one or this one out. And as always you're are welcome to friend me on Goodreads (I accept all requests)!
Reading: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (for school)
Listening: The Civil Wars
Watching: Once Upon a Time