Originally Posted by RosieRed
This talk about high school reading is bringing on serious flashbacks. I had such an awful teacher when we read "The Hobbit" that I'm afraid she turned me off Tolkien forever. The same teacher had us read "Beowulf" as well; it wasn't pretty.
You know, this frustrates me to no end.
My son loves to read and reads a lot. However, he has almost a phobic aversion to reading what someone TELLS him to read. Left up to his own devices, he reads a lot and reads where his mind takes him (e.g. he just finished "The Elegant Universe", all about string theory). But tell him what to read and he turns into a stubborn mule.
I sat down with "The Grapes of Wrath" in a beach chair sitting with my feet in the Gulf of Mexico. Sitting there slathered in SPF 30, moving my chair up and down with the tides, wading out in the water every so often to cool off, and watching pelicans for diversion, I was transported to the Dust Bowl of the '30's and was engrossed with the epic tale of the Joads. It took me a couple of afternoons to polish it off. I thought it was great. I praised the book to Zach to high heavens, said it was a great tale, read this book first.
Well, it's been like pulling teeth. He is about 3/4 done with the book and is whining and complaining the whole time. I've tried multiple times to engage him in conversations and you'd think I asked him to discuss the Treaty of Ghent. I know it's because he HAS to read the book and he's being a mule about it. He's got 3 more books to read, a paper to write, and August is filled with band camp, volleyball camp, working at McD's, and he is being a butthead about reading the damn book. I've washed my hands of the whole thing and have told him "YOYO baby". But my wife keeps getting on my case that HE isn't reading the book. Augh!!!!
There, I feel better. Just ignore me. You may resume your normal transmissions.