MYATTITUDE TO READING
In elementary school, reading was always fun. I was a bookworm through and through from the time I could read up until about sixth grade. I [preferred to spend my time reading than watching TV, fend I often stayed up late in bed reading in secret. I finished most class reading assignments long before they were given, and I started writing short storie^in my spare timej/vhen I was about ten. My fifth grade teacher made reading even more fun than before, and I started hating snow days and sick davs. No lie! I don't remember a time in my life when school was more [enjoyableD
Then came Junior High, and...
... now l enjoy reading even more, and think jit is a great way to let go of my problems and travel to a different world or learn something new. I am not going to bore you with the speech about how good reading really is because we have all heard it far too many times, but I will however tell you that l would rather spend my time reading a good book than anything else.
...that world of bookish bliss disappeared forever. when I read books for class assignments, I was expected to analyze the author's motivations in telling the story. I was taught to divide every piece of writing before me — to look at it on a much deeper level. Books weren't any good on the surface, j after all. This process of "digging deeper suddenly made reading a boring task. I didn't see why I had to. How was dissecting perfectly good book making it any better? I gradually stopped reading for amusement and only read the class assignments. And I still see lf as a waste of time and energy!
GLOSSARY bliss— fet^si^i^j'iifi::, surface ['s3:fi s] — поверхность
the majority of the class started complaining when we had a reading assignment. I am not sure why, but throughout my schooling I have -oticed that if you arefsmart find do your homework, you're not as cool ±s kids who are not. The "cool" crowd usually consists of kids whose academic resultsjte average or poor. Why wouldn't somebody who is
art be cool? They are the kind of people who(succeed in this world. >J ~-e same thing happens with reading: if someone likes to spend their ' :rne reading a good book, they are considered to be not cool by most.