blog #7: Epilogue

Reflect on the entire experience. Write at least three paragraphs answering the following questions. To what degree did your Independent Reading journey help you develop or deepen an understanding of yourself? What did you learn? What would you do differently? How did your experience of the process of reading change (selecting a text thoughtfully, challenging yourself, experiencing new perspectives, examining your own thoughts, and learning from the writing craft)?

Well, it was fun folks.

This Independent Reading journey helped me realize how much I missed reading.  I would sit for hours with this book, something I haven’t done in awhile.  Like I said in my introduction, reading has always been a big part of my life.  Turning into my bookworm self again makes me feel good.  It also made me appreciate unique writing styles instead of disliking them immediately.  I liked it because it was almost like a challenge from the author: “can you keep up?  Will you be able to push through and figure out my themes here?  BET.” – Margaret Attwood, probably never.

I also liked that I had to slow down and process the novel step by step.  Usually, I’m like GO GO GO MUST FINISH BOOK.  It’s interesting because in the middle of the book I wanted to make sure my thinking was correct so I looked it up an analysis online.  Well, I shouldn’t have done that, because I accidently read a spoiler.  Yeah.  Next book, I am NOT doing that.

This book introduced me to a brand new author; when libraries open up again, I’ll definitely be searching for more by her.

In a few days, I’ll have to return my library book (and my bass clarinet and chromebook).  It’s like an end of an era.  I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment.