Personal Reading Experience

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”- Joseph Addison. It is through the process of reading and writing that I am able to discover new things about myself. What I love, who I want to be, and things about my world that I would like to undo. The process of writing allows me to be creative and say things that a verbal conversation simply cannot express. The process of reading allot me to dive into a new world that I become invested in. Throughout my life, I have had many encounters with reading and writing and each one has taught me something new. There are four specific times in my life that I would like to hi-light: B.S. (Before School), Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. The time spent before school had a…show more content…
So while the zoo shaped my early reading experience, my grandma shaped my early writing experience. As we became regulars at the zoo, we got to know the employees. One in particular that I remember was the boat man. He drove the little boat that traversed through several habitats and as we rode, he would explain the animals along the way. He began to notice how often my grandma and I appeared on the boat and began to bring me up to the front where he would give me “a personal tour.” Through this individual experience, my grandma encouraged me to write him a letter thanking him for his kindness to me. I wrote several letters to various employees throughout the park over the years, and my grandma was the encourager of this action. My early writing experiences would not have been what they were without my…show more content…
I quickly found my place as I got involved in everything from student government to varsity golf. I loved my high school years. My reading habits actually increased believe it or not. Most of my high school teachers gave us a list of around ten books from which we were told to chose three. This was great for me because I would read three for school work, but then I would read the other seven for fun. My freshman year, I learned that I love Shakespeare. Not a common thing for someone to hear. We read Romeo and Juliet and I was in awe of the way Shakespeare foreshadowed and intertwined those star-crossed lovers. Sophomore year I was able to further pursue Shakespeare with Hamlet which I loved because The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie; however, my favorite book genre came to my knowledge during my sophomore year as well, dystopian novels. The Hunger Games, Animal Farm, Brave New World, 1984… All books that I still love to this day. As I mentioned earlier I loved books that took me somewhere else and these did just that. While it might have been a dim world that I traveled to, I still loved it and all the thought provoking material within it. Junior year brought around classic American literature such as Billy Budd and Grapes of Wrath. I honestly did not like American literature and it bored me. Then senior year came, European literature, that is where the good stories are found. Heart of Darkness, Dr.
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