Thursday, September 22, 2011
I had never read an entire book in one day before, and I wasn't sure if I could do it. But I also had never shirked my homework before, so not doing it was out of the question.
My grandmother very kindly offered to sit with me as I read, and I was off. Very early on, I lost track of time. All I knew was that I was at my desk, reading an amazing book as the soft strains of The Beatles' Rubber Soul played in the background. The only time I surfaced was to flip the tape over (yes, it was a cassette tape in a boom box) and to close the book and stare at the cover. Because the cover of this book was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. A girl, standing on a cliff, holding a spear because she's tough and she has to hunt for herself if she wants to survive. And the capper: dolphins. Beautiful silver dolphins arcing out of the water.
My grandmother fell asleep, but I kept reading until I finished the book. And that was how I learned that just sitting and reading a book is an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday. As long as it's a truly wonderful book.