The glowing light of the nearby iPad fills the room, my eyes glued to the page. Words passing my eyes but no words go into full meaning. I realized I was skimming over the story and was just reading what was on the page and wasn't truly understanding what was going on in the story. I go back and reread the entire page. As I get to the bottom of the page I still have no full understanding on what was going on. I moved on thinking it just happened to be that one page. I kept reading on and on and I keep finding myself lost in words. I decided to finish the chapter and see if later on my understanding was clearer. I finish the chapter and I have a thin understanding of what happened. My teacher had created a website with the summaries of each chapter, I went and looked on their. After I was done looking on the website I felt like giving up, I had no where to turn, I wasn't understanding anything in this story. Next day during school we start to talk about the book in our class. Each student knew a lot of details about the story and I only know the broad plot. After class i go over and ask them how they remembered each thing, one student had said "Try make reading fun and enjoyable not a chore also, don't rush through, it will help your understanding much more. I return home and open my iPad and I try to do as my fellow student had said. I take my time, reread sections and make each line seem like its my last. After some advice from my classmate I was able finally understand what was happening in this story. I was able to understand each line and rememberer what was going on at the same time. After feeling like giving up on the book the night before. I preserved and realized if I keep doing what Im doing, I will have a lot of fun reading this story.
As I went through the Odyssey I had experienced up and downs. It seemed as if the Odyssey and I were in a boxing ring. At points the story was overpowering me but towards the end I felt I landed the knockout punch. I had learned to make reading fun as I was a person who made reading a chore. Once I made reading fun I was able to understand and take in what the Odyssey really meant. From the ups and downs of the story I was able to grow as a reader. I learned that you should never judge and or give up on a book by the first few chapter. Usually when a story starts off rough it stays that way. From prior reading experience this had been a trend throughout most stores. Not the Odyssey, once you get passed first few boring chapters, the intensity and detail starts to pick and every scene becomes visibly enriched into your mind. At first I thought the story was dull and didn't want to read though those parts but then the story switched from gear one to gear four. I had taught myself to cherish and take in each line and what it really meant, not just read to read. Looking back on the Odyssey theres was many things to take away from it. Not only life lessons such as preserve and power through even if you aren't enjoying what you're doing at the time, but also a great story enriched with action and detail.
Its important to stick with what you're doing because in the end you'll look back and be glad you did.