Reading is a Skill

I talked to one of my aunts on Facebook this morning about reading a book that she and my uncle had recommended to me in 2006.  I read the first book in the series of a million books (over-exaggerated number) and it was probably the most difficult book I had ever read.  I told her, and I was just saying this as an excuse, that reading is like a skill.  I can’t read an advanced book as a beginner, or even intermediate reader.

This was her response:

“Your analysis of reading being a skill is spot on, as the Brits say. It IS a skill, and the only way to improve that skill is to continually work at it.”

So, it is no longer just an excuse and the only way for me to be able to read those books is to continue to read my immature vampire ebooks to continue to grow as a reader lol.

I actually love reading.  I would say that I used the Harry Potter books as my beginners books and have grown from there.  The Harry Potter books were amazing because they didn’t have big words that I had never even heard in daily use, they were simple words that every person knows.

I think buying the Nook was the best investment towards my “skill” for many reasons like the built-in dictionary for example.  If I don’t know a word I can look it up by either typing the word into the Nook or by placing the cursor next to a word.  This helps me learn what those words mean for the next time I see it.  It helps me grow as a reader.

Eventually I will get to those Belgariad books.  Like I said, I read the first book and as difficult as it was to read, it was just as difficult to put it down because it was such a good story.  I’ve only read the first story and I can’t wait to get to the next one because I have to know what happens next.

I’m in the intermediate stage because the vampire books that I have read have had some pretty big words and I’ve been able to understand without having to look the words up so I feel like I’m almost there.

I was going to make up my own skill level names but I wanted some examples like beginner, intermediate, pro etc. but I actually found that there is in fact a reading level Wiki site.  Wikibooks: Reading Levels.

So here we have pre-reader which are the children’s book which I actually did read as a child until I was maybe 5.  Then there is beginner which is almost similar to children’s books but maybe without pictures.  I’m pretty sure Harry Potter is in this category.  Intermediate which are books that most adults can comprehend and I do believe that the vampire books that I read are intermediate.

The final 2 categories are advanced and professional.  I’m pretty sure the Lord of the Rings and Belgariad are both in the advanced category.  They may be somewhere in between though, I’m not quite sure.

It will take me a bit of time to get to the advanced stage because I haven’t really read that many books but I’m working on it.  The more I read the better I get at it and as long as I continue to read what I’m reading I’m pretty sure I will get up in the ranks and join the rest of the adults my age lol.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book)

I have finally finished the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which is Rowling’s 7th and final book.  It is in my opinion most unfortunate that this will be her last Harry Potter book because I just love the story and it’s not too difficult to read.  Harry Potter is a children’s book but it has a strange adult following.  I think out of the 8.1 million books sold on Saturday the day it was sold about 90% of that are people ages 20 to 70.  It’s a story for all ages not just the kiddies.

I will not be giving you a spoiler warning because I am not spoiling anything for anybody.  I keep my promise J.K.  I loved this book.  I laughed, I cried, I was concerned for the 3 main characters on their quest.  I cried some more here and there.  Let’s just say, if you read this book invest your money in a box of tissues.  Or a roll of paper towels.  Or just get a beach towel, you never know.  Your sleeves are going to need to be put in the dryer if you have to resort to that.  Trust me.  I’m a guy and I cried like a baby.  And not all of that were sad tears either.  Ok, half and half.  I’m not kidding.  BUY IT!

Let me just end by pleading to J.K. Rowling…. “Please, don’t stop writing.  If it can’t be Harry Potter then something else, but don’t stop writing.”