I think it's really sad how I stop reading. I don't mean to. I just get busy. I start doing other things. Like watching Netflix... that cursed screen. Or reading textbooks. Or sleeping. I get overwhelmed with school and put books to the side.
Then I take a class like this one. I'm taking International Children and Adolescent Literature. I've taken this class before at Weber State. Then, when I came back to the University of Utah, the credit didn't transfer quite right... so they told me I'd have to take the class again. I didn't want to. That was stupid to me. I knew what the class would be like, I knew what I'd learn... why did I have to do it again? I knew how much work it was too. A book a week.
This is a Summer course. It's condensed. It's not a book a week, it's 2-3 books a week. Sometimes 4. And know what? I love it.
The thing with this class is that you can't go out and buy 20 books. Ok, you could, but most college students can't. I can't. A benefit to living some 50 miles from everyone else means I have a different library than everyone else. The books I need are always there. It's so fun to walk in and walk out with the book I want.
That didn't happen the other day. I wanted to read Jane, The Fox, and Me. It was a book on the course list, but I chose to read a different one. Someone brought that book to class and I was entranced. I had to have it. I went to the library... and pain. They didn't have it.
This class is going to end soon, and I'm a little sad about it. I'm afraid I'll lose the motivation to read again. I'm afraid I'll stop going to the library. I don't want that to happen! But I'm going to go back to being non-reading Lara when this ends, I know it. Help me, people! I need motivation!
Does anyone else feel betrayed by books? You pick up a new book full of a new world and you absorb it. You live in that world, you really do. And then the book ends and the world ends and you close the book... and those pages will never be the same as they were when you first picked them up. You won't be discovering it in the same way you did the first time. And I feel, when I return to read the book, it's like returning as a supreme, other world being, because I know what will happen to the characters. As I walk around in their world I look at them with a sad, knowing look... knowing the hard things they're going to go through and the happy, but knowing eventually, they'll leave me again like they did the first time.
I guess that's why I have to read a lot of books. There will always be a new world out there. And discovering the new ones helps me to stop being sad about the old ones. That's my take on the literature world.
SO. With this semester coming to an end in a few days and the new one starting, I need motivation to read. The best motivation is a GOOD BOOK. I need suggestions! Comment, tell me your favorite books! I'll read everything and anything as long as it's good!