I am reading…How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
La Casa de Los Espíritus by Isabel Allende
5/30 books finished
Just because I am doing this, though, doesn’t mean it comes easily to me. As far as my language skills go, I think I’m okay, but I’m by no means fluent. I have a long ways to go. Sometimes reading in Spanish is downright tricky. My brain likes to wander when it isn’t engaged or if it feels bombarded by loads of text that it doesn’t understand. Thus, textbooks and foreign language reading is often tedious and empty for me.
To keep up my reading and stay focused this summer, I’m doing a couple things to understand what I read and enjoy the experience.
I pace myself. I read in fifteen-page sprints with a short break in between each section, so I’m not overloaded by my text.
I reflect afterwards. After each sprint I open a notebook and write notes (in Spanish) of what I’ve just read. Sometimes I add my personal reactions if something struck me. CDLE is kind of a biography of fictional people, though, so sometimes a summary makes more sense than emotional attachment.
I read in an environment where I’ll focus more. My original plan was to read fifteen pages of CDLE every day, which turned out to be a miserable idea. I got bored and distracted very fast and it didn’t work. Instead, I read at work. Since business is slower for the summer, I read in an environment where normally my brain would do nothing. Now I am occupied.
I don’t get concerned about what I don’t understand. I remember posters when I was in second grade… tricks to use when you come to words you don’t know. Through inference or delay you could come to understand meaning without a dictionary. I try to do the same in Spanish because if I focus on the details, my quest will never succeed.
I commit to it. Though I don’t read every day, I do read every day I’m at work. I try to fit thirty pages into every shift, and so far, that’s gotten me just under halfway through the book. Taking a big project in small steps gets the job done.
As odd as the actual story is in this book, I’m enjoying the assignment I’ve given myself! I look forward to finishing it and finally being able to put it on my shelf!