Everyone has experienced required reading throughout their years in school. But I found them so much harder to even like or love, but why is it? For starters, you are kind of forced to read them and cannot read them at your own pace. Required reading is the hardest to enjoy in high school and college. I am reading a lot this semester, which is for Western Civilization. I have lots of books to read or required pages in those books and in the middle of one and I am so slow faced at getting it done. A lot of that comes from it being required to finish in only one week so required reading has a lot of pressure put on you. But every so often you can enjoy reading a required reading.
Back in high school, I never liked any of the required reading that we had to read over summer. Those were “Of Mice and Men”, “The Giver”, “Great Gatsby”, and “Frankenstein”. Many of the books I did not like were the sad ones. Some were ones I did not give a fair enough chance or ones I had no clue they would be sad in the first place. I discovered that yes tragedies exist in theatre so I thought they were pure sad so I literally ignored them when we had to read a Shakespearian tragedy in class. I did like “Taming of the Shrew” due to it being a comedy. I also loved “And Then There Was None”, “Illiad” and “Odyssey” so there were stories that I did love.
But required reading is so hard to appreciate. I like reading at my own pace instead of at this kind of forced pace. When you choose to read a book, it is easier to appreciate because you have the power to actually read the plot and decide whether or not you will actually read it. Required reading can drive you nuts because you have no power to decide what to read because teachers pick out the books you have to read. I did love required reading at times. Books I choose to read and loved included “Les Misérables”, “Great Expectations, “Oliver Twist”, “Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Tale of Two Cities”, “Uprooted”, “Lord of the Rings Series”, “Land of Stories Series”, and so on.
Do you agree? Do you think it is harder to love required reading and why do you think that is?