Literature: Love it or Fall in Love With it [Lesson 1]

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On seeing the course ‘Youth Literature’ on my schedule, my heart jumped a little. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved reading and up to this day you can find me curled up with a book in my bed almost every single night.

So why is reading important? As for me, it changed my life. I am one of those readers whose life has changed a lot while living a double life in the books I have read. A better question for me would be why would reading not be important? It gives us insight in other people’s lives, gives us general knowledge, improves our language, grammar and reading skills and above all lets us escape into worlds unknown. Reading simply helps us understand ourselves, others and the world around us so much better.

The good question was who loved literature or who did not. The problem seemed to be that the people who did not either have not tried at all or just have not found the book that opened their literary loving hearts yet. The thing was that adults or teachers have pushed books upon us which made us loathe reading for all the wrong reasons.

The kind of reader that I am is one that hears the words when I read, visualise everything that I read, a reader that listens to music while reading and a reader who feels the emotions of the characters. That pretty much sums up everything that we discussed in class. I have always wondered why I get tired while reading but I guess I now have the answer to that question, my head is working too hard while reading!  It seems that I was not the only one in class  who did one or more of those things while reading, so there is no need for feeling special unfortunately.

My first impression of the books that we had to read was sheer happiness. I have read about 80% of the books that we must read and I certainly do not mind to have to read them all again for this course.  I have a good feeling that I will absolutely love this course, and now I am back to reading Alice in Wonderland for the umpteenth time.