The Forbidden Book

We’ve all heard of writer’s block, right?  But I’m sure you’ve never heard of reader’s block.  I wasn’t quite sure I knew what it was myself.  I’ve certainly never had a problem with not reading anything.  If I got paid to read all day, that would be the best job in the world.

But then I thought about it, and it turns out I know exactly what “reader’s block” is.  For me, at least.  Yesterday (September 30), I finally finished reading Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, the Spanish version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone.  I started it in November when I had to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for my Children’s Literature class.

I never ended up finishing it for class because reading the Spanish version took a lot longer than I thought it would, and as much as I wanted to devote all my time to it, I had other homework to do.

So I put it off until the summer.  I quickly realized that if I tried to read a book in English at the same time, I would gravitate towards English, and it would never be read.  So I finished the book in English I was reading at the time, and dove in.

I didn’t expect it would take as long as it did.  I didn’t expect anybody to be against my reading it.  But people kept saying “You know that’s not helping you [with Spanish], right?”  It really hurt my feelings, because I’ve had multiple friends tell me that it would help.  I know reading in Spanish isn’t everything, but it is certainly a starting point for fluency.

I wanted to read it because it was fun and I was enjoying myself, but at the same time, I didn’t want to be caught reading it because I didn’t want people to say anything about how it apparently wasn’t helping me.

And then, when I got closer to the end of Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, they said “How come you’re not finished with that yet?”  Oh, I don’t know, maybe because it’s not in English and I feel like I’m not supposed to be reading it.

But I’m proud of myself for finishing it, because I finished it in spite of the people who didn’t exactly approve of the endeavor.

Reader’s Block



2 responses to “The Forbidden Book”

  1. I come from the Community Pool.

    I would have thought it would have helped you with Spanish, unless your Spanish was particularly good: it would get you thinking in Spanish.

    I liked your post. I had not thought of “Reader’s Block” before, though I have found books impossible- I gave up “The Secret Agent” by Joseph Conrad ten pages before the end. Keep writing and sharing your experiences. Have fun blogging!

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