As a student, I wasn’t a fan of reading. I read as slow as a snail.
In college, I skimmed (or not read at all) most of my assigned readings. My textbooks would have notes on the margins.
During my free time, I didn’t care to read any literature. My mind was burnt out from a long day of classes. All I wanted to do at night was either read Fashionista.com or watch some anime.
Since graduating college, I’ve developed a desire to read literature. Literature shows how the characters are feeling or thinking about the challenges they face. You become engage with the words on the page by questioning the motives of the characters.
The recent book I read was The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer. I was amazed by Mailer’s ability to create a narrative of the murder Gary Gilmore. The book provided the struggles that Gilmore endured growing up and the various people in his life, especially his lover Nicole.
I still can’t believe that I actually read the 1000 pages of The Executioner’s Song. Massive books used to intimidate me because I feared that I would quit halfway. However, the novel was compelling due to how it provided different viewpoints of the characters.
Lately, I’ve been watching “Shadowhunters”, which has made me begin reading The City of Bones. I’ve figured that I should actually read the books to check if the show follows the books.
As a college graduate, I’ve realized that reading is a task to put time aside to do.