A tale of two readers

by bledsoe on September 13, 2008

A while back I decided that I wanted to read the Dickens novel "A Tale of Two Cities."  Somehow I had gotten to adulthood without ever having read it and I felt like I really needed to fill that gaping hole in my education.  Unfortunately, even after starting the book several times, I could never seem to get past the first few pages.  Somehow the prose was too dense, or the historical setting was too foreign, or I was too distracted by other things, and I always ended up setting it aside.

Then one day I happened to come across an (unabridged) audio recording of the book on CD.  At the time, I was doing a fair bit of driving with my job commute, so I thought I'd see if I could get thru the book that way.  It turned out that the recording was excellent, as was the story itself, and I thoroughly enjoyed the few weeks it took me to get thru it.  After I finished the book on CD version, I checked the book out of the library again, and lo and behold I ripped thru it in no time, and again enjoyed it immensely.  It appeared that listening to the book on CD kind of got me over the hump of the initial difficulty I had with the printed version of the book.

I notice this same trait in the Maker.  He often prefers books that he already "knows something about."  Two recent favorites of his have been books in the Spiderwick Chronicles and a series of Star Wars books for children.  For both of these book series, he has already seen (and enjoyed) at least one of the companion movies, and in the case of Star Wars at least, has acquired some of the accompanying toys (e.g., an extendable lightsaber, Star Wars legos, etc.).  This seems to support the notion that, like his dad, sometimes he just needs a little help to get over the initial difficulty.

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