#WDYTWed: required reading

#WDYTWed: required reading

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…although I missed some recently due (at least in part) to the holidays

Yesterday, a number of classic book titles were trending on Twitter, and I was curious to see why. Well, apparently, it was people objecting to having to read the books as required reading in school.

As regular readers know, I’m not a big fan of required reading. I totally understand the idea of analyzing a book, and of course, it’s only really possible to do that in a school situation if the teacher is familiar with the book…and makes the most sense if you are doing it in a group. That not only allows a clearcut curriculum, but it helps for students to hear other students’ opinions.

On the other hand, I greatly prefer (and preferred) to make my own reading choices. While I can’t help but analyze everything I read, I don’t want to approach a book as an assignment.

Let’s start with some (there are many others) commonly assigned books to get you thinking about it:

Now, how do you feel about having had assigned reading?

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6 Responses to “#WDYTWed: required reading”

  1. Karin Says:

    I am glad I read the required reading. Two of my favorite series of all time were required reading: The Chronicles of Narnia in the 3rd grade and The Hobbit (which of course meant I then read The Lord of the RIngs after)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karin!

      It’s interesting: I took a film analysis class, and loved the movies I saw there, the expanding horizons. Required reading, though? Perhaps it’s because I was already reading extensively and eclectically, but it just seemed like an interference for me.

      Glad you enjoyed yours! I read those, but not for school…

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I majoed in English Education, so I had to read a boatload of books. Some of them I liked more than others. The only ones I really disliked were “Moby Dick,” “Jude the Obscure,” and “McTeague.” “Moby Dick” was just too gory! The other two were too bleak, grim, hopeless. I had to force myself to read those. “The Grapes of Wrath” was also grim, but I had family members who had fled the dust bowl so it held my interest because it told part of my history.

    • Lady Galaxy Says:

      I wish there were an “edit” feature for these entries;)

      In addition to wanting to fix my typo (where did my “j” go?), I meant to add an unrelated question. Has anybody else noticed that Amazon seems to be paring down it’s “recommended for you” list. Until recently, I’ve had roughly 100 recommendations in each of many categories. For the past few weeks, it’s been limited to no more than 15 recommendations in fewer categories.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        That’s one of the biggest problems with Twitter…no editing, although you can delete.

        I haven’t noticed the recommendations reduction myself.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I’m not a fan of books which are just bleak myself…or other forms of entertainment with the same tone. Since I’m naturally optimistic, I find I just don’t relate to them. After a couple of failed attempts, I’m forcing myself through a multi-book “Game of Thrones” bundle. So far, though, I just haven’t related to anybody much. Oh well, maybe in the next several thousand pages… 😉
      How did the Dust Bowl affect your family?

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