Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.
This Week’s Question:
When you visit a friend’s house, do you find time to browse their bookcases? Does it shock you if they don’t have one?
In high school, my friends were split into two categories: the ones who adored reading and the ones who abhorred it. There was absolutely no middle ground. The group who enjoyed a good book was a small one brought together specifically because of their love for the written word. The group who despised anything to do with reading (and English for that matter) made up the majority of my friends. I constantly tried recommending novels to them, coaxing them to give it a chance and failing miserably.
However, at university something changed. Because I’ve only been to a community college so far, I haven’t had the chance to acquaintance myself with any fellow English majors. I made absolutely no new book-loving companions and all of my past ones “grew out of the habit.” It’s rare that I meet a student who owns anything besides textbooks or the required literature novel. This discouraging fact of life has become such a reoccurring theme that I’ve sort of numbed myself to it. Luckily, I am about to start upper-level English classes at the University and hope to take part in some English-loving friendships.