This summer I was impressed by not only how many teens were signing up for the Summer of Reading, but also by the books they were challenging themselves to read. Ryan Vega was one such young man, and his philosophy on reading has stuck with me. Ryan, a 9th grade student at DSST, came in with several of his friends to claim their Elitch tickets. Ryan blew me away when he explained why he was reading Ready Player One for a second time. “When I read it the first time,” he explained, “I liked it so much I knew I had to read it right.” Of course, I had to know. What was the right way to read a book? Here’s how Ryan explained it:
The first time you read a book it’s all about the plot and the characters, and you just enjoy it. But if it’s a book that means something to you, you need to go back and read it again.
The second time you read the book, make it all about the words. You know what’s going to happen so you can pay attention to the author’s style and how they use their words.
Then you read it a third time to really commit it to memory. Because if it’s your favorite book, you want it to be with you forever.
Ryan’s message has stayed with me all summer, which is why I chose to share it as our One Branch One Story. I have been inspired to revisit some of my favorite books, and read them right this time, and I hope that you are too!