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Monday, January 12, 2009

Musing Mondays


I'm joining in. I'm not much of a book reviewer, ( I can never keep up with all these great bok bloggers) but a big book muser.
This is the first time I've joined "Musing Mondays", it is hosted by Rebecca at "Just One More Page". You should check it out, her blog is very nice.
The question this week is..
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?

Don't hate me because I liked to read....but....
I actually liked to read assigned reading. I was always excited for it.
Read: nerd.
That was what I was, I guess.

I enjoyed the reading assignments in high school very much and also in the small community college I've attended. But my daughter in law is in graduate school at YALE and every third week, they don't attend class, instead they have "reading week" because their assigned reading is so monumental along with all other class work, that the school has made time for them to do that hard core reading schedule that they have.
I don't think that kind of assigned reading would be much fun. (neither does she, I'm sure)

My mind was opened up to whole new worlds thru the assigned reading we did in jr. High and high school. I liked Romeo and Juliet. I liked the Diary of Anne Frank. The Lord of the Flies, Animal Kingdom, A Wrinkle in Time!

I loved it.
And that might be why I enjoy bookclubs. I don't mind the assigned reading at all. It's fun to see what other people like and discover new authors, new ideas and new books.

5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You must have a smart daughter in law. It's interesting that they do that at Yale - I'd never heard that before.

Debbie said...

She is very smart...mostly for marrying my son. LOL
I don't know that they give a reading to week to all programs, but her program at Yale, they do.

Jen said...

Hi Debbie! I LOVED assigned readings in my English classes (the non-fiction stuff in other classes, not so much). I, too, enjoyed discovering new books and authors and genres. I wasn't really exposed to literature at home so it was magical for me. With the exception of my 11th grade American Lit course. The teacher was far from stellar, and his approach was discouraging...he analzyed everything TO DEATH! And we never even covered the GREAT stuff of American Lit! It wasn't until I took American Lit much later in college that I learned to appreciate it the way I do now.

Rebecca said...

Welcome to Musing Mondays!

I think we're all big nerds, so it's okay :) I always love to get assigned reading lists as well - last semester I got a 25-book list for one of my classes and I was in heaven!

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