Importance Of Reading In Richard Rodriquez's The Lonely Good Company Of Books

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Reading is undervalued in today’s society. Not many students understand the importance of reading and how useful it is in life. When I was, younger reading was never my strongest subject. Reading at a lower level than others in my class made me feel less educated. It wasn’t like I pushed reading away, it was just something that I wasn’t interested in. In the essay, “The Lonely Good Company of Books” by Richard Rodriquez, he explains how he did not know why reading was so meaningful, but as he grew older he understood the values. On the other hand, in the essay, “One Writers Beginning” by Eudora Welty, she addresses how she fell in love with books. Like Rodriquez didn’t understand the value of reading, but loved to read books that he connected …show more content…
I mostly read at school. I started reading around the age of three or four years old. I didn’t develop the love for reading until I was in middle school. When the teachers would assign students in groups and each group had different books. I loved to read in groups because I didn’t want to feel alone. For example, Rodriquez says, “one day the nun concluded a session by asking me why I was so reluctant to read by myself. I tried to explain: said something about the way written words made me feel alone almost, I wanted to add but I didn’t, as when I spoke to myself in a room just emptied of furniture” (294). Rodriquez believed as a child that being forced to read by his self-made him feel lonely. That is the same way with me if I wasn’t reading in a group or if the teacher didn’t read out loud, I felt alone and didn’t really understand the values of reading. I also have kept my fear of reading to myself because I knew that my reading level wasn’t the same as …show more content…
I would put the reading aside because it was the books that the teachers would pick, which I could never relate to it or it never grabbed my attention. In 7th grade I would read many Bluford High Series books which I loved to read, because they dealt with teens my age and their life. Like Welty says, “I cannot remember a time that I was not in love with them” (298). She explains that she can’t remember a book that she read from cover to cover that she didn’t love. I can relate because reading those books in 7th grade I can remember ever character and setting and the message of the books. Although those books were straightforward to read I knew that reading was going to get more

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