Saturday, 4 January 2014
Reading the Classics
For some reason at school I hated English. I thought that English meant reading comprehension and I just could not do it. I loved writing stories but it didn't really cross my mind that this was part of the English curriculum too. I wish, I so wish someone had said to me, you will really enjoy studying "English Language" and if you get over your irrational fear of doing English Comprehension as a child you will also enjoy studying "English Literature". At school you (well I did at least) had this feeling that learning can't be fun. You can't enjoy reading books and writing about them, you can't enjoy writing a story, it's all about the exams. This meant that I hated English and everything to do with it and so I didn't read any of the classics that other people did or write any stories until I was as far removed from school as possible.
I know I have just written a post about the stupidity of New Years Resolutions (you can read it HERE) and I still stand but if you follow me on twitter you will see that as soon as I posted that I thought of a great one. I'm not going to call it a resolution because then it will be doomed for failure, I'm going to call it an aim. My aim for 2014 is to read more (ok I haven't read any) classic books.
My other aim is to blog more frequently and I hope to achieve this I will blog about the books I am reading. Clever eh...
I'm afraid I've started to re-read Harry Potter (well it's a modern day classic isn't it?) so my next post will be on the first Harry Potter book (and the Harry Potter Studio tour which was amazing!) and then I've also just started reading Atonement by Ian McEwan so I will blog about that. Then I don't know. I'm going to scour my local library and my aunts house to try and find all the classic books that I haven't but should've read and come up with a list.
If you have any suggestions of books I should read I would love to hear from you.
Oh and before I sign off, here's a list of my aims for this year (well if I don't write them down I won't do them):
1. Write more stories, articles, scripts, blogs
2. Get a job(!)
3. Lose weight, exercise more etc. etc. (well it wouldn't be a resolution, I mean aims list without it…)
4. Read more
5. Make a film
Right I'll stop now that's a horrible list!
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