August 10, 2002 How Reading Changed My Life By: Anna Quindlen August 15, 2002 Chapters 1 - 2 I find this story surprising because it reminds me of my early childhood memories.
The author explains how she remembered the things she did as a young child. Going to the airport; visiting relatives, the smell of plastic. She had a lovely childhood in a lovely place. The books she read that took her all around the world, is also a thing that she and I have both experienced. Her childhood is like a mirror-image of mine.
I thing this story is interesting because it shows many different views of people towards reading. In the book, Oprah Winfrey loved reading as a child all the time, but her mother hated it and called her a "something-something bookworm." Even a long time ago the early people like, Alexander the Great, and Socrates had their own views about reading.
Alexander became a great reader after he was showed the skill of reading, and Socrates thought reading was a waste of time. The author talks about different forms of reading: Religion books, Bibles, cookbooks, newspapers, comics, novels, poetry, etcÃ¢ÂÂ¦" I agree with the author when she says that women read differently from men because I am make and I have noticed that my female friends read more books than I do. I also noticed that they are more likely to pick out and read a novel while males are known to read biographies and history. "Women feel more of a need to escape their own lives and take up those of others than men do," to me, that sentence is a fact because women tend to be more emotional than men.
August 16, 2002 Chapters 3-4 I find the author's intellectual propositions to be very true because they are mainly based on real happenings in her life. "Some believe that reading is more with the cerebral and not the emotional." I think this is true with some people who read just for school or because they have to. But the other people read for fun because they like to.
"Reading had many functions: pleasurable, entertaining, and important." She means that everyone has different reasons for reading and also different styles. This story is interesting because the author has also read the same books that I have read. She also has similar thoughts about the quotes in the books as I did. "The feeling of an ecstasy when reading one of your favorite childhood books." She is talking about certain books that have inspired her to be a writer. In my opinion some books she read were disgusting and other were appealing.
The writer strongly emphasizes her view of the "technological revolution" because it did not just only affect her, but also the entire world. People were downloading e-books on the internet rather than getting it on a book. People were getting their information faster and easier than they ever thought possible. She thought that maybe one day reading on paper would come to an end. But many people would rather read a book over the computerized version of reading. This is because to some people there is an emotional or some sentimental value to them. As quoted in the book "who wants to pass Heidi on disc down to their daughter on her eight birthday?" This is one example of the sentimental value people have for books.
August 17, 2002 Chapter 5 - The reading lists displayed in the last part of the book seem interesting, and sound as if they would keep me very occupied. I think that I would find them all interesting, and to be "deep thinking" type of books. The reading list I think I would not find appealing or interesting are the "10 Books for a Girl Who Is Full of Beans" reading list because most of them are based on a girl's perspective, and would probably end up puzzling my mind.
The main this the author is trying to tell is that she has read many books in her life, found out many different things and applied it to her knowledge. She has read stories that affected her life in deep emotional ways. That reading can inspire all, how reading can be a part of your life. And How Reading Changed "Her" Life.