The Road of Requirement

The summer before I started college, I read like crazy. The three months in between high school graduation and college convocation were marked by finishing novels by John Green, short stories by Flannery O'Connor, and poems by Emily Dickinson. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve read that much in such a short amount of time since that summer.

When I started college, I basically stopped reading for two months. I’d like to think that my reading fast was the result of two things:

-       One, I was adjusting to college life. It was a very emotional and fast-moving time

-       Two, reading was no longer required of me.

After making those realizations, the second one was the one that scared me the most. A list questions ran through my mind.

-       Did I really love reading?

-       What would I do now that I wasn’t in an English class and didn’t have to read a different novel every two weeks?

-       How do I maintain a steady reading scheduling while keeping everything else balanced?

So, in order to answer those questions, I did what any other college freshmen would do.

I planned.

I added reading to my planner as if it was a class with assignments that had to be turned in by a specific due date. The first few books that I read in college were some of the last few books that were assigned to me in high school. So, with that in mind, here are my three favorite books and plays that I was required to read.


To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Honestly, this is my favorite book. I read it during my freshmen year of high school and even though it was written in the 1960s, the lessons within it still felt relevant to my life in 2012. I learned the importance of empathy and courage all from my from adventures with Boo Radley and Scout Finch.

Honestly, this is my favorite book. I read it during my freshmen year of high school and even though it was written in the 1960s, the lessons within it still felt relevant to my life in 2012. I learned the importance of empathy and courage all from my from adventures with Boo Radley and Scout Finch.

 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I will admit, I was rather wary of this book when it was first introduced to me during my senior year. Something seemed ordinary about reading of the trials and tribulations of a hardheaded young woman. But, I became invested in the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy and their love story is still one of my favorites to this day.  

I will admit, I was rather wary of this book when it was first introduced to me during my senior year. Something seemed ordinary about reading of the trials and tribulations of a hardheaded young woman. But, I became invested in the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy and their love story is still one of my favorites to this day.

 

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

When I read Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet and didn’t immediately fall in love with them, I felt broken. Everyone loves Shakespeare and I’d waited so long to read something of his and I felt so let down. Safe to say, when my 12th-grade teacher dropped Much Ado in my lap, I was in no real rush to start or finish it. But, once I started it, I just had to finish it. The characters were funny and the dialogue was snappy. I found myself openly reacting to the plot of the play in public and for the first time, I realized William Shakespeare just might be worth all the hype. 

When I read Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet and didn’t immediately fall in love with them, I felt broken. Everyone loves Shakespeare and I’d waited so long to read something of his and I felt so let down. Safe to say, when my 12th-grade teacher dropped Much Ado in my lap, I was in no real rush to start or finish it. But, once I started it, I just had to finish it. The characters were funny and the dialogue was snappy. I found myself openly reacting to the plot of the play in public and for the first time, I realized William Shakespeare just might be worth all the hype. 


Looking at it all of these here listed out like this, it’s no wonder how I became the romance novel loving intern that types for you all today. These books and many others were the ones that shaped my taste in literature, and they were the ones that paved the road back to reading.

Until next time!

Azia

 

 

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