I often listen to NPR on my way home in the afternoon. I catch up on the news and then listen intently as a story is told about a musician or a new book is promoted. Today’s book was one I have not heard of and I have not read any of the author’s work.
The book is about a woman down on her luck. First she found a blue pot floating in the river and then she found a manuscript in a house she moved in to. I don’t really know what drew me to the story but I mumbled the author’s name all the way home so I could search for the book on my nook. After a couple tries, I found the author and the book. I downloaded the text and started to read it right after dinner.
Two hours flew by as I was pulled into the tale. There is something so sad about the the main character and yet as I turn the pages I have hope for her. Somehow the author has convinced me that the blue pot and the manuscript are part of a greater plan for this woman.
I love to read. I love losing myself to a book and this book is not going to disappoint me. The last one, Freedom, I struggled to get through. This book reminds me of a book I read last summer. The author’s styles are not at all alike but my need to turn the page and move quickly through the story is.
I want to give my students this feeling of picking up a book and not wanting to put it down. I want them to forget what is going on around them and only enjoy the company of the characters inside the covers. I want their imagination to create the faces, paint the settings, and choreograph the action. I want them to wake up in the morning and wish they could pick up their book and immerse themselves in it instead of going to school. I want their desire to read to be so strong that they will read for a lifetime.