As Reading Week draws to a close, I am reminded of how abysmally went my well intentioned plans to get through all of my course reading lists, several anthologies for my dissertation, as well as catching up on some recreational reading.
But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and I vastly overestimated how much work I could possibly squeeze into seven days, a few of which I took as a “much needed break” for the sake of “mindfulness”*.
Anytime I began to feel discouraged by my lack of progress, I was reminded of some of literatures finest readers- and just the thought of their enthusiasm and love for reading helped keep me on track, (and perhaps, drew me away from prescribed reading to revisit their worlds).
Below I have listed some of my favourite bookworms in literature.
*(an excuse to watch the entirety of Stranger Things 2.
Anyone who knows me will realise that stress is not something I am overly afflicted with, much to the detriment of my College work)
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the
voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like
ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message:
You are not alone.”
Matilda is likely
one of the first avid readers you discover in literature as a child. I was
inspired by her feat in reading all of the children’s books there were, and
attempted to emulate it. I never managed to make more than a small dent in my
local libraries children section, and I still have yet to read Moby Dick.
certainly proved an important lesson, that “books is more important than looks”
despite what some may believe. (Not to say that looks are unimportant, I am
partial to dolling myself up to the sound of an audiobook so I think I’ve found
an appropriate middle ground).
Maybe, one day,
I will catch up with Matilda. I will at least continue to try.
“That’s what Hermione
does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
Hermione Granger. The icon
of every young bookworm in the last twenty years. Her bravery, intelligence,
and tendency to read Hogwarts: A History,
saved both Harry, and the entire Wizarding World, on more than one occasion.
She was an important reminder that loving books could be just as important as being strong.
Tbh far too good for both Harry and Ron. Hope she’s enjoying her time as Minister of Magic.
“I am delighted with the book! I should like to
spend my whole life in reading it. I assure you, if it had not been to meet
you, I would not have come away from it for all the world.”
There are many
devoted readers in Austen. Marianne is enthralled with poetry, Lizzie would
really rather read than “take a turn about the room”, and Mary’s entire
existence seemed to revolve around reading sermons and playing sensible tunes
on the pianoforte. However, Cathy is the one who’s love for books shines
through the most. Her obsession with the Gothic, and vivid imagination both
endears her to (the HEARTTHROB) Henry Tilney, and results in a somewhat awkward
situation where she accuses his father of committing murder.
I think all bookworms
can relate to getting a little carried away with their imaginations at times.
“Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you secruity and
friendship and didn’t ask for anything in return; they never went away, never,
not even when you treated them badly.”
Of all the
readers in literature, it is Meggie “Silvertongue” Folchart that occupies the
fondest spot in my heart. Her love for books moved me, and I was enchanted at
her ability to read characters out of their stories into the real world. Her
adventures both in the real world, and the world of Inkheart proved that
literature could be as dangerous and exciting as reality.
Her Aunt Elinor’s library remains the literary location I would most like to visit.
I will NEVER FORGIVE the film for how it botched the story so completely.