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Reading for yourself or for school?

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I’m sure everyone has been faced with this dilemma. You know you need to take the time out of your busy schedule to read the books that have been assigned for the classes you’re currently taking. But do you find that reading time enjoyable? It could be a book that is popular; I do know of a class that discusses literature of today and why some of it is taking over the industry, both with the books and the movies. Hunger Games, for example, was on a reading list for a class I was looking at. I enjoyed reading the book on my own time, but would I have enjoyed it just as much having to read it for school? I don’t know that I would have. There’s always that difference of reading because you want to and reading because you have to.

However, it could be the book you have to read that makes all the difference. I have had to read Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko- it wasn’t a good time. I was rereading and rereading passages to no avail. I finally purchased the audio book and it helped significantly. Would I have been happier reading it on my own? I would have never finished the book. That is something that can be said about having to read it for school is the necessity in finishing it. I will always remember the story because of the work I had to put in on it, so I am thankful in that regard. It just wasn’t an easy process to get there.

Another book I’m sure everyone has had to read is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The first couple of times I read it for school, I was severely uninterested. This past time around, I used the audio book and reading it together and it was so much more fun. Now I could really see why the book has been so popular throughout the years.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is another book that I read in my high school class that I absolutely fell in love with. The teacher would have us read a few chapters, and then would play the coordinating part in the TV mini series with Colin Firth. I don’t know that I could have ever fallen so much in love with another book. I did recently pick up Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield, a modern adaptation of the beloved book, so I am very excited to start reading that.

I have listed a few examples of when reading a book for class ended up becoming enjoyable. But when really thinking about it, those few books covered so much span of time as opposed to reading for enjoyment. I’ll stay up all night reading a book I can’t get my nose out of. I have finished a few books within a week because of how much fun they were to read. This is never the case with a book I read for school. While I may enjoy it, it is a long, dragged-out process of finishing the book for school. So the levels of enjoyment definitely differ.

Are there any books you had to read for school that you ended up enjoying? Or did it temporarily ruin the experience for you? It took a couple of years before I had started reading for enjoyment again because of how much reading i had to do with previous classes.

Animals as Editors

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I’m sure everyone has a cat or two, or more (I have four). Or maybe you have a dog. Or maybe you’re like my mother, who has all four cats and large dog in her room or following her around throughout the day. These animals seem to think they know what’s really going on in our lives and how we should be living them in the current moment. Maybe I’m working on a paper on my laptop, but to a couple of my cats, that just means I’ve been in front of the screen far too long for their liking. I must take the time away from the screen to do something important in my life: such as giving treats or wet food. Then there are the other times where their input is just too strong not to pass up while working on a paper. How could I have ever lived without that sentence”luhweucgb lkjdsfv;iuikosdkjdsk sddkjsdsdh sksdil”? It’s pure artistic genius. Cats are just so intelligent, they always seem to know exactly what’s missing in a paper to spice it up. All those times I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write, all I had to do was allow them some time on the keyboard to open up my mind to everything I was holding back.

Then there’s the dog. Shouldn’t I just know when it’s time to take a walk or to give a treat? That’s when he comes in and sees that I’m busy working. His input is just as important as the cats’, if not more profound. Just one paw on the keyboard and I get the most inspiring words: huj knhujn jffing. Sometimes I find that I am not worthy of their input, so I shoo them away. But they always find a way back to my laptop, letting me know that everything I have typed up, is just not enough until they get their say.

Equestrian Fiction

One of the genres I have recently started reading is equestrian fiction. A romance novel where there are horses, a cozy mystery where there are horses, a horse jumping circuit, a family drama where, you guessed it, there are horses. If it has horses, I want it in my grasp. I remember when I was in middle school that the series Heartland was one of my favorite book series to read. I have recaptured that part of myself and now I want all the horse books. Let me edit them all. I have knowledge in horses as well. Riding ever since I was 12, being obsessed with them before that and still presently, having the fortune of owning a few horses as a teen. And now officially, I have my very first tattoo of a horse on my wrist. Thinking about horses is actually how I was able to come up with the name of my website, Thorough Edits. I was wondering if there was a way I could combine my love for horses and editing. Then it hit me, with the breed of the first horse I owned, a Thoroughbred, came Thorough Edits. I haven’t wanted to even think of another possible name.

Since I have delved into reading equine fiction, I realized that it isn’t that big of a market. Which means that the authors that have found their niche through this kind of fiction are sure to stand out. I have noticed that there are quite a few authors in this genre who have books that could have used a good copy edit, or even just a proofread. Those authors who did not use an editor will end up suffering from the new authors busting into the genre who do have editing done to their novels. Keeping your readers engrossed in your book instead of being pulled out due to simple editing mistakes or inconsistencies is extremely important. Let me help you and your horse book stand out among the few. Let’s make a name for yourself, and not have it connected with errors in editing.

Check back with me to see what genres I discover, and let me know which ones you’re interested in.