Lately I feel as though I have been all around, up and down, and side to side with my reading. In the beginning, I was reading a lot of articles for this class, but lately I have been submerged in novels.
Recently, we were assigned a pretty open ended reading project. My group decided to explore the world of literary pen pals. We each found a pen pal, picked up a book, and build an entire presentation around the experience. My pen pal was actually my mom back in Wyoming. She was eager to help me with my school work, but she seemed less eager to pick up a book and read it with me. Originally, we were supposed to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s a super easy read that we’ve both done already. So I figured it would be easy to pick it back up and then talk about it with each other. I got about halfway through the book and my mother decides she wants to read something she has never read before instead. So instead of Harry Potter, we read Divergent. Now, I have read Divergent. It was actually for my Adolescent Literature course. I got through it fairly quickly because I already has a grasp on everything that was going on. My mom, on the other hand, took a bit more time because it was her first time.
Over all, the experience wasn’t bad. My mom and I are great communicators so the pen pal part was pretty simple and I think the entire assignment went over relatively well. Thanks to her I was able to dig a bit deeper and discuss some of the fun parts within the novel. We got to discuss what faction we thought we should be in, and what we would do if the world actually ended up being like this. I’m used to reading dystopian novels, but she isn’t, so it was refreshing to get her perspective on everything. It was like shining a new, yet wise light onto something that’s modern and that I am already familiar with. Since she liked it so much, I recommended a few similar novels to her. I’m a bit anxious to see if she’ll actually read them and what she will think.
Now that is project is over, I need some new ideas for what I want to read next.