Today is August 22nd, the birthday of novelists Annie Proulx and Kate Chopin. Your loyal blogger has distinct memories of reading both as assigned authors for summer reading back in middle and high school. Chopin has a very special place in the memory, in fact, as her novel The Awakening was the first book I remember forcing myself to finish... in fact, by the time ol' Edna decided to her long walk into the Gulf of Mexico, I was cheering for the waves. Like I said, a special memory, not a happy one.
The Gulf of Mexico, the true protagonist of The Awakening.
Assigned reading doesn't have to be that bad, and usually isn't. It's a great way to introduce us to literature that we'd never otherwise read. Your loyal blogger has much better memories of a middle-school reading list that included Anne of Green Gables (a book I'd have never read if not threatened with a test on it upon returning to classes), and really falling in love with it.
And seeing how Charleston County schools start back today... hopefully lots of kids have adopted that attitude!
Assigned reading doesn't have to stop just because we're no longer in school, either. Book clubs are a favorite way to discover new literature (or at least share some refreshments with friends!). And while the Library Society doesn't have a book club, you can find out what your favourite librarians are reading at the moment. Just visit us on Pinterest!
It's still brand new, and not everyone has started posting, but we're working on it. We hope you'll follow us, check out our personal boards, and see if you can find some new favourites of your own! And unlike your loyal blogger The Awakening. there won't be a test on what you've read. Promise.