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 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
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
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!