When teaching a unit about books in my 10th grade, I have quickly noticed a few things.
1.) Only very few students are avid readers.
2.) The majority of class feels reading is boring.
And here is a simple truth: the ones who do not like to read will never get it, no matter how well you explain why reading is good for your language skills and how it teaches your brain to create its own images. (As my husband put it: neither will you ever understand why it is fun and addictive to play computer games. Point taken)
Passionate booklovers were few in this class, yet they could argue about the stupidity of the plot of a book both had read; they could discuss the credibility of characters as if they knew them. It was fun listening to them, and it makes me happy to see that some really crave books as much as I do.
For me, reading just is part of my pastime. My grandmother loves books, my mum and dad are readers and it seems I am taking after them. In the hall in front of my room there was a huge bookshelf when I grew up; my mother read us bedtime stories, and later I picked books to read. Saturdays my mum and me used to visit my grandmother who volunteered in a library, and we both browsed. I loved that, and came usually home with a huge staple of books to read. I remember I used to read below my cover in bed when it was past bedtime. When I heard my father’s steps on the stairs, I quickly turned off the light, yet when he opened the door to check in on me, he always knew.
So what can I say? A flat with books is cosy to me, no matter if paperbacks or hardcover. When I come to someone else’s home, I like to browse their bookshelf. It makes me happy. To me, it is unbelievable that people do not read. It is a simple joy, to curl up on my sofa on a rainy day and immerse myself in the words or world of someone else without noticing how time flies by. Or on the beach: you’ll never see me go on summer vacation without at least 7 books for 14 days… has never happened.
At the moment, I am putting together my books for this summer break/ honeymoon – any sugestions?
Though I was told I would be too busy. 😉 Maybe.