Status – Finished Book 10, Angela’s ashes & Book 11, Are you there, God? It is me, Margaret
Back into reading. Since my last post, I finished reading both Book 10 and Book 11. Time to get back into writing.
Once I passed my issue with the punctuation (see post Let’s eat, Grandma), I enjoyed reading Book 10 (Angela’s ashes), quite a bit. I always find it interesting to learn more about a new country, a new culture, a new period of time. I found the main character, likable, charismatic and considerate. I can’t imagine what his mom went through, losing her kids one after another. Another time? Still, a poignant pain. Overall, a touching book, glad I had the opportunity to read it.
Then, I read Book 11 (Are you there, God? It is me, Margaret) in a couple of nights. As a native speaker of French, reading youth literacy makes me feel quite proficient in English reading. Indeed, I recommend to all ESLs out there in need of gaining confidence to reach out to Youth Adult (YA) books. Short chapters, concise sentences, not-too-elaborate-but-still-a-little-elevated vocabulary. However, I am not sure why Book 11 made it to the Amazon list “100 books to read in a lifetime”. I mean, it is an entertaining book, but why this one? To make sure that a book with a teen girl as a main character was part of the Amazon list? When I was a teenager, I did enjoy books like Huckleberry Finn or Treasure Island, i.e the main character did not have to be a girl to get my interest. Maybe, I am just missing the criteria for a successful YA book. But it reminds me of an informative article I read recently (the link is here). By middle school, most kids stop reading books that aren’t assigned in school. Young children usually enjoy books (board books, picture books, easy reader books). Still, by middle school, most kids stop reading. I did, too. I remember reading book after book in Elementary School. On my own, I would read a chapter or two, right before falling asleep. Until I was 10 or 12. I am wondering if part of the reason I stopped reading was the lack of time for … finding the next book. Once I started a book, I read it pretty quickly. But it could be months between 2 books. And 30 years afterwards, I found it to still be the case, and I believe that is the main reason I started this journey of reading the Amazon list. Look at the list. Go to the library. And read. With my kids aside. French books. English books. Picture books. Chapter books. Let’s read, kiddos. Babar, Lilly and Dinos, here we come.
Gotta go. And read.