This summer didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I thought I would be doing mostly history tutoring for a pair of IB students. It turned out that this summer’s hot item was SAT tutoring. I’ve had a pair of attentive students for most of the summer, but this week, I got a break. It seems like all of my students are on vacation and I have free day or two.
I decided to read a book. Crazy, I know.
It’s been a long time since I read anything purely because I wanted to. I did my thesis as an undergraduate on Charles Dickens and have always liked his writing. I decided to read David Copperfield. Not at one sitting, but a chapter a day.
One of the reasons I like Dickens is his diction. I always learn a few new words. He is a master storyteller and captures humanity with all of our tiny foibles and all of capacity for redemption.
Since the novels were originally serialized, they are constructed with chapter ending that are like season finales of CSI. At least I won’t have to wait until fall to find out what happens next.
Have you read anything good this summer?
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/25/2009 5:16 PM