Book Enjoyed Reading Essay

Essay on Personal Narrative- My Love of Reading and Writing

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Personal Narrative- My Love of Reading and Writing

Reading and writing has always played a vital part in my life. From toddler to adult, pre-elementary to college, I’ve managed to sharpen both skills to my liking. However, even though it significantly helped, schooling was not what influenced me to continue developing those skills into talent. Many different things shaped and influenced my learning, and now reading and writing have become the safety net of my life. I know that even if I have nothing else in the future, I’ll still have my talent and knowledge. To ensure my success, I hope to further develop those skills so that I may fulfill my wishes. I was always a creative child; it was something I just…show more content…

Reading was the new outlet for my imagination and the stories I read fascinated me. They weren’t too unlike the scripts of computer games or the own stories I came up with on my own, but books actually had the action and emotional aspects written out. And again, while my peers were reading things about growing up, things that had morals and would teach valuable lessons (I remember one book about a shoplifter who had to do community service at an animal shelter), I read real fiction: Jurassic Park, Dragonriders of Pern, Lord of the Rings… Stuff of fantasy and science-fiction that let my mind stray from reality. Stuff that kept my imagination alive while I was being forced to learn multiplication and the names of countries. Of course, my teachers encouraged me to keep reading, as long as I wasn’t doing the reading in the middle of their lectures. But it wasn’t because of their influence, however, that kept me interested in books. It was because I loved it. It put pictures into my head and made me think. So I kept reading. But even then I knew reading wasn’t enough… Yes, the stories were fascinating, but they weren’t what I wanted. Back then I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but as middle school came to a close, I found it. All eighth graders had to take a career class to determine what we wanted to be when we grew up. I remember telling my teacher that I wanted to be an archaeologist and the strange look she

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Didn't read too much new fiction this year, but here are my top reads of the year, in alphabetical order:

Saadat Hasan Manto - Bombay Stories

A brilliant selection of the great Urdu short story-writer's work, published as a Vintage Classic this year. Bawdy, bloody, occasionally erotic tales of the pre-Partition Bombay underworld. Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad's translations read well, despite the odd jarring Americanism.

Jona Oberski - A Childhood

Pushkin Press recently reissued Ralph Manheim's translation of this semi-fictionalised account of a childhood spent in wartime Holland and concentration camps. Written in a close approximation of a small child's voice, Oberski mercifully avoids the pitfalls of similar accounts, namely, a grating faux-naivety and cutesy-poo vocabulary (I'm looking at you, John Boyne). It definitely deserves a place among canonical Holocaust narratives, non-fictional or fictional.

Wilma Stockenström - The Expedition to the Baobab Tree

Archipelago books reissued this mini-masterpiece of Afrikaans literature this year, in J.M. Coetzee's translation. At barely over a hundred pages, what may appear to be a mere slip of a book is an incantatory, condensed epic narrated by a former slave eking out an existence for herself in the wilderness of the colonial Cape. Heartily recommended.

Khushwant Singh - Train To Pakistan

A revelation. Singh, who died this past year, had for the past few generations been one of the foremost English-language authors in India, but he hardly registered anywhere else. If A Train To Pakistan is anything to go by, this was nothing short a crime. This fierce, crystalline little gem of a novel, set during the harrowing Partition era, should rank with Things Fall Apart as a foundational postcolonial novel. It has been great to see it receiving some attention on the Guardian Books message boards.

Patrick White - Voss

Conrad's Heart of Darkness to the power of 10, with Austenesque social satire thrown in. A tale of a German explorer's ill-fated expedition into the Australian outback and his quasi-telepathic relationship with a young Sydney woman. White is a heavy read at the best of times, but what a pay-off.

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