I love to read.
With full credit going to this class, I am learning to be more open about what I read. Yes, I will read anything someone recommends to me, and yes I usually love everything I read. The problem is that I don’t usually stray from my personal reading list unless someone coaxes me away. I’m not sure why, because as I’ve stated before, I usually enjoy what I read. The problem is that I am one that follows a rhythm. I like patterns and traditions and schedules and MY little book world. But let me stop there. I know it isn’t fair of me to deprive myself of these wonderful books I walk right passed. But I am a sucker for classic literature from before my time. I know, I know, I need to “get out of my comfort zone.”
So here goes. Being in a class that has required me to read specific books has made me open minded about books. (Cue the light bulb.)
When we read the books that hit deeper in the heart (“The Poet Slave of Cuba” is one I have in mind) I learned that reading sad books is good for the soul. Especially for children. It sort of snaps you back into reality and reminds you (or me at least) of how blessed I am and how grateful we should all be.
Another thing that this class has taught me is to appreciate the illustrations more. I love the upper elementary books because they are more detailed to read. However, I am growing very fond of picture books. The vast variety of styles is phenomenal. Reading picture books, you will never get bored!!
This class has bettered me as a reader.