My Romance…

Reading books has always been one of my favorite things to do, but more specifically, reading mystery/thriller books or dystopian books with a dash of romance. My ideal “reading setting” is in my bed at around 9:00 o’clock at night or 8:30 in the morning.

I love how words on a page act as quicksand, often pulling me into an inescapable state of reverence. I love falling in love with characters; connecting with a character to such an extent that when they meet their downfall, intense despair attaches itself to the depths of my soul, resulting in uncontrollable sobbing (my emotional frailty is off the charts :)). I love how easy it can be to leave this world behind and abandon my incessant uncertainties and heartache- abandon myself. To simply slide under the spell of a book and become a part of a whole new universe, experiencing not what Angel feels, but what June feels and what her environment is like, is a magical affair. The idea of submission to something is one that typically doesn’t appeal to me, but when I read a good book, I am completely willing to be subdued.

Before taking AP Language and Composition, I don’t think that I read books with quite as much carefulness and analysis that I do now. I could understand a book’s message but I didn’t look deep enough to, for example, see the methods and devices used by and author to accomplish the message and tone of the book.

However, even though I’ve read and annotated several pieces of literature for AP Language and Composition, and it should be a habit by now to “read between the lines”, I still feel forced. I feel like I can’t really enjoy a book if I’m looking for rhetorical devices, or some type of literary component. It doesn’t feel natural for me to read a book and actively note the author’s syntax or diction, or whether they are appealing to ethos, pathos or logos. I recognize that this is an important skill, which is why I want to become the kind of reader that doesn’t feel forced to acknowledge what an author is doing with their work, but rather, a reader that is able to enjoy reading and simultaneously take into account the components of an author’s style that make a book what it is.

In his essay, “How to Mark a Book”, Mortimer J. Adler addresses the importance of annotating, stating that the physical act of writing brings our reactions and questions to specific words and sentences before our minds and ingrains them better in our memories. I agree with this statement, however, the concept presents a challenge for Kindle/e-reader owners such as myself. You can make small notes on a Kindle, but it’s really not the same as annotating a book because you can’t see your notes side-by-side with the text and no one wants to annotate their e-book on separate sheets of paper (at least, I don’t). Does this mean that with the rise of the age of e-readers, annotating(and consequently, critical reading) is likely to diminish?

Additionally, Adler mentions that careful reading takes time, and even though this means that you may not get through a large amount of books efficiently, “A few friends are better than a thousand acquaintances”.

In short, I am a person who believes that reading is nothing short of magic.

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-Angel

4 comments

  1. PrinceBradley · November 1, 2015

    Miss Angel,

    I can tell that you thought through this post carefully before sending it into the cyberspace of the internet. However, what impressed me most was your writing style. You put in a good number of metaphors and similes that helped keep the post interesting for us readers; in fact, you’ve done it so well that I’m considering using them more in my own writing to make it stronger. When I read this sentence, “I feel like I can’t really enjoy a book if I’m looking for rhetorical devices, or some type of literary component,” I said to myself “preach.” You aren’t the only one who finds it a difficult task to read books with “a writer’s eye” and still enjoy them. A little advice is to keep the post focused on one main topic. While all of your paragraphs were interesting and thought provoking, the paragraph on e-reading seemed a bit out of place in the post. It felt like maybe it could’ve been its own post, because I feel like there’s a lot more you could say about. Best wishes.

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  2. athairo · November 3, 2015

    Thanks Drew / Prince Bradley 🙂

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  3. janettediane · November 12, 2015

    athairo,
    You have a very easy going rhythm and flow to you writing that allows the reader to sit back and let you lead them through your blog. I enjoyed how you let some of yourself seep through your writing, allowing the reader to experience a deeper connection with you and to get to know you as a writer. The fact that you give your opinions on different matters gives your blog a personal feel that is unique and refreshing. I also enjoyed how you pulled in and quoted an outside source in you blog. This is not often done and makes your blog special. The part where you address the difficulties of annotating on Kindles could have maybe used a little bit more time in addressing it. It is kind of left with out a solution, or way that those readers can also go into depth when reading. Perhaps you could give an example of ways that you still read carefully when reading on a Kindle. Overall, your blog was lovely and a joy to read.
    -janettediane

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  4. Karith Magnuson · November 16, 2015

    “I love how words on a page act as quicksand, often pulling me into an inescapable state of reverence.” =)

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