So, anyone who knows me knows that I don't really read that often. Here is my official apology to every English, History, or whatever subject teacher that assigned a book for the class to read and I neglected to do so.
I lied. I lied by omission when I showed up to class to discuss a book or turned in a paper. I'm sure you already knew this, but in your class when you assigned that classic novel, I probably read the first couple of pages and then just got the Spark Notes. I'm terrible sorry, for I have finally realized the error in my ways.
I had always thought that I was too busy, or maybe that the book would not be interesting enough. I mean, it is well believed by many that if it is assigned as homework, then it can in no way be an interesting book. When I should have read Wuthering Heights in its entirety, I skimmed. When I really tried to read Olaudah Equiano, I fell into the best sleep of my life. When I heard the name of the book The Invisible Man, I thought of that terrible movie with Chevy Chase. And for this, I am sorry.
In the past month, I haven't had internet at my house, I haven't had television, I haven't had any sort of entertainment. Except for books. And what an entertainment it has been. I have read half a dozen books in only a month, including Jane Eyre and I am now in love with Bronte, Charlotte that is. I have read classics and some not-so-classics, but I am reading. I love it. It is the most joyful thing to do. While I was reading Jane Eyre, I experienced something. It's hard to describe it, but I could not put the book down. I felt what she was feeling, I felt the most intense pity when Jane had to leave the man that, I knew as well as she, loved her with every bit of his heart. I found myself devouring every word of every page and savoring the beauty of the writing. I felt what one is supposed to feel when reading a book, a classic, much like the ones assigned in your classes.
So, here it is. I am sorry. I was wrong, you were right. I need literature in my life. I need to make time for the classics. I need to read and write and enjoy. And now I promise you this, I will find the time for reading the classics. And if a book is assigned in grad school, I will read it with enthusiasm because I know it is worth my time and effort.
P.S. Thanks for the good grades. And if I ask you for a recommendation for grad school, let's pretend I didn't write this one blog. Please?