Reading History

Topics: The Great Gatsby, English-language films, Gary Paulsen Pages: 2 (538 words) Published: February 13, 2002
My Reading History

If one were to look at my varied reading habits, they would be struck by the diversity and over all unusualness of my mind's library. I hardly remember the plot of the first book I read, but it was called Lonesome Dove. It wasn't the actual first book I read, but I don't really count the McGregor Readers from kindergarten. I read it in first grade because of my Grandmother's fascination in the T.V. mini-series that was playing during the time. I wanted to be able to talk to her about it so I went to the public library that weekend and picked up a copy. Well, I actually didn't pick it up, it was too heavy. It took me over two and a half months to read, but with the help of a dictionary and my grandma, I finally read it from cover to cover. I can't really say that I understood it, because I don't recall what it was about. But I do remember that it was quite an ordeal. Since then I have read many books. I enjoy fiction the best, especially those that are based on society, but have a small twist that leads to an interesting story. Some of the stories that I remember best from that early time in my life are Tales from Wayside Elementary School, Hatchet, The Godfather, and The Giver. I think that Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, is the only book that I've read more than once. I liked the situation that Brian was put into, lost in the wilderness, with nothing more to fend for himself with than his mind and a trusty hatchet. The adversity he faces and his undying drive are what fascinated me most. Since that time my reading habits have grown into a different style. I have usually only read what was assigned to me during the school year because that was all I had time to do, but I have always strived to put forth extra effort. For example: last year for English 3 AP we had to read an excerpt from Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography. Although that we only had to read a small bit, I checked the entire book from the college library and read...
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