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The Problem With Novel Study

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that I get to read books as part of high school. I really love when I’m given a good book, and get to be productive while still being able to indulge in something I love. Here’s the problem though; for me, it always ruins the book. 

Let me explain. This year, we’re studying the book Atonement by Ian McEwan. I’ve never read it before, but I was instantly intrigued. And that ending… That was a Gone Girl level twist, I didn’t see it coming AT ALL. Except, I did. Our teacher gave us a plot summary, so I knew what to expect every step of the way. The twist wasn’t a twist, because I knew it was coming, and as I read all the things leading up to it I read it differently to a first-time reader. I understand, she had to spoil it so we could start studying it. For me, though, it ruins the book a little. Atonement.jpg

Besides, necessary reading is never fun. Whether it’s for school, or a review book, you go into it expecting the worst. It’s more a pleasant surprise when it’s good, instead of disappointing when it’s bad. Atonement is actually really good, but I’ve studied things like the Silver Sword, Children of the Dust, and plenty of Shakespeare, all of which have really good ratings. Those first two are honestly the worst books I’ve ever suffered through, and Shakespeare was something I dreaded having to read. As I’ve gone through more of my schooling I’ve found a new appreciation for these sorts of books, and poetry, but just a year or two ago I found myself hating them. So, again, although I like the idea of reading, forcing me to read never seems to work out well!

I guess what is really good is that I can get out of my comfort zone, and so can everyone Romeo, Romeo.jpgelse. I’m reading things I would usually never pick up, or books I’ve never even heard of because I have to, and from that I might find something new I love. Like with Atonement, there’s always a chance I’m going to really enjoy a book, and want to read it again out of a stressful school environment. With something like Shakespeare, I’m getting a new appreciation for a different time period, and a different style of writing. So while it might ruin a book for me, there’s also a flip side that comes along every once in a while. 

Here’s what I’m saying – studying books isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, encouraging young people to read is amazing all of the time. Just for me, it can sometimes seem like the worst thing in the entire world. My review for Atonement is to come, so you can hear my proper thoughts on it! 



I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

5 thoughts on “The Problem With Novel Study

  1. Lovely!! I never felt this way, and I know I’m in the minority; I always took novel assignments as something I was reading for fun because I just love reading (and have the irrational goal of reading ALL THE THINGS). This is probably why I ended up being an English teacher. (That and I do love discussing and writing about books, too). But a good teacher can make or break the experience – it sucks that your teacher spoiled the ending for you, I don’t see why that was necessary; I never dis that with my students. It’s always hard to read something you feel you are forced to read, and as a teacher, to make it seem like it’s not a bad thing! I tired to “sell” the books well to my students with teasers and enthusiasm, and I think that at least captured some of their attention, haha. Great post!!

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  2. Oh wow we were never spoiled for the book in class! That really sucks :/ And I totally feel you on being forced to read, that often ruins a book for me as well (unless I HAVE to read something for school but get to choose what to read :P). It also didn’t help my friend who didn’t like to read to start liking it 😦 There are definitely ups and down to forced reading in school *nods*

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