For all you students/former students out there, you probably know what summer reading is. It’s an assignment that takes place over the summer (duh) where you have to read certain books for a class the upcoming school year. Now, I’ve had my fair share of books classes require me to read (whether it’s during the summer or the school year), and all of them had one thing in common. They’re all really boring. There are some exceptions (like Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card), but most of them bore me to tears.
Going back to the title of this post, summer reading is the worst for a couple reasons:
- you have homework over the summer
- you actually have to remember what you read
- it’s boring
- you have to annotate the crap out of the book(s)
- you probably will have to take some kind of quiz on the first week of school
Why do schools think it’s okay to force kids to read over the summer? If you’re like me, you’ll tend to forget anything and everything you did over the summer once school starts, and that includes the what you read for summer reading.
Suggestions? If you’re a slow reader, I would start reading your books a month before school starts. If you’re a fast reader, start whenever you like at your own risk. If you think you can start and finish the book(s) the day before school starts, be my guest.
The book I had to read this summer was How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids by Thomas C. Foster.
It’s a short book about how to read literature like a professor (hence the title). It gives pointers on what to look for in each story, symbolism, etc.
Now if you’re reading this post and haven’t yet started your summer reading assignment, I suggest you get on with it. Have fun!