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Fun reading can make schoolwork easier

October 23rd, 2013 10:24 am by Isaac Emery, INK columnist

Fun reading can make schoolwork easier

Kingsport’s Isaac Emery is a home-schooled sophomore with an interest in finding new ways to stay focused during the school year.

The distinct feel of turning each smooth, crisp page in a book may very well be the feeling you experience the most right now — high school is stacked with assigned reading and the pile of books in your room may almost reach the ceiling.

Reading already comprises the majority of my homework, and I don’t naturally find myself looking for more paper to scan eyes over. But there is never any harm in reading more — and I don’t believe this can be said too much. I keep this in mind as I drive through the school year, reminding myself that the more that I read, the better.

Despite its irony, finding a good book to keep close and push through during the school year has been more than helpful to me and kept me from getting burnt out. Though I am somewhat a bookworm, I think that everyone can find motivation though literature (even those of us that are not bookworms) — and sometimes we have to find that literature ourselves.

We can’t always just let it be assigned to us. You’ll never know whether or not you’re a bookworm unless you have taken the initiative to try and explore new genres of literature that might appeal to you.

Surprisingly, if I can find one book I really enjoy in addition to that already-towering stack of demanded school curriculum, it never fails to change my perspective and give me a motivational mentality. Amidst the reading I dislike yet am obliged to trudge through, all I need is one single book that is a complete contrast to what I already have on my plate to motivate me and remind me again why I love reading.

I was introduced to “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” for the first time in the middle of the school year, and I tried my best not to end up reading on my bed rather than doing my homework. However, despite my finest attempts, I could hardly set it down and it eventually detracted from my work. But at the times I did put it aside, it served as a great motivator. If you can learn to use books as incentives rather than distractions, they can be extremely helpful.

While academic books in school serve their beneficial purpose in education, it’s good to have a contrasting balance of leisure-reading to broaden your scope. Fantasy, drama, romance or thriller genres can all supply a good, entertaining complement to the mandatory, more-rigorous curricular literature.

I’m not trying to tell you to read “War and Peace” in your spare time. But for me, reading is therapeutic and is a motivation whether I’m reading something like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Catching Fire,” “Till We Have Faces” or “Grimm’s Fairy Tales.”
Again, I willingly admit that I am a bookworm, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have at least one book they really enjoy.

So, even if you’re not a nerdy bookworm, reading can still give you a great sense of motivation and enthusiasm if you get the right book. So try it when you have the chance — go to your library, find something new, or pick up something you love and have already read a thousand times, and take it wherever you go. Believe it or not, it’ll provide a much-needed escape from the required reading you’ve come to dread.

(Note: The opinions expressed on the INK page are those of the columnists and not necessarily those of the Times-News).

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