Something I Missed in Life: Reading

So, I just downloaded a bunch of classics. When I was younger, even though I loved books and I loved to read, I could not understand a lot of them. Of Mice and Men, The Things They Carried, Blue Eyes. Actually, I got Blue Eyes but when I read I am engrossed emotionally. And it’s very intense, so it’s hard for me to read. But I do love reading. All those books we were supposed to read in high school, though, well I never did. I’ve felt like I really missed a really important class or two where these were taught. It’s like going through life without ever learning how to write a check, or something like that. That doesn’t mean I haven’t read a lot. I’ve read a lot, a lot of romance and horror and thrillers. One summer I visited the library once a week with my Mom and borrowed 8 or 9 books at a time. Those are all good and fine, but they were absent-minded reads. They were my escape from life when I thought it was too hard to live and I was too scared to disappear.

My nephew is reading a lot now, he reads chapter books now. And he really likes to read. And I think he even actually understand what he is reading. So I want to encourage him somehow. I want to be able to provide for him what I didn’t have, that is, some sophistication and entrance into the world of literature. I feel he will gain vocabulary that I never had; words to express his deepest feelings; accurate words that say what he means. I struggle with that.

I thought actually taking some time to read this summer would help. Here is my list of books to read before bed this summer (hot off the press and into my kindle app on the Samsung phone). They were all free and easy to access and I’m curious about them. I think also, now my mind is mature enough to take in the stories.

  • Little Women
  • Vanity Fair
  • Anna Karenina
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Lady Susan
  • Mansfield Park
  • Emma
  • Persuasion
  • The Kiss of a Viscount
  • Silken Promise

By the way, if you have a 10-year-old child on your hands, what would you have him read?