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+ Deep Reading +

I am currently in a Critical Thinking and Writing About Literature class at community college. It’s only the end of the second week this fall semester and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about deep reading and why it’s so important. Deep reading is “slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity– is a distinctive experience.” With such experiences, we are able to understand people in our daily lives, empathize with them, and relate. With out reading the life lessons word for word, we are able to, as individuals, take away something different from a text. Our backgrounds, upbringing, cultures, and specific experiences allow each and every one of us to look at texts in a number of ways and learn different lessons or even meanings from them. I find that so incredibly interesting and amazing that we are capable of digesting things in a variety of ways.

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” This is what I feel when I am reading, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” written by Margaret Atwood. I am completely submerged in this novel every time I pick it up. I get lost in her descriptive imagery and can imagine everything as clear as day. The way she goes back and forth, switching from past to present to her stream of consciousness makes you feel like you are imagining it all yourself. I will get interrupted every once in a while and I will forget where I am for a split second. Being involved with a novel makes me feel like I am trying on a character or something, I see what they see, think what they think, and look at the world through their perspective. I love reading a great book that I can’t put down. If anyone were to open my copy of the novel, they’d find a bunch of underlining, circling, and written notes throughout the margins. I haven’t finished yet but I don’t think it will take very long at the rate I’m going!


About The Handmaid’s Tale: This novel is definitely a dystopian fiction, meaning it’s “an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.” As my one of my teacher’s handouts defines it, dystopian fiction is “a futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.” This book is dark, mysterious, emotional, and will take you on a rollercoaster of ups, downs, and a lot of critical thinking. I love the book so far, there is such much to analyze and take in. 

What are your favorite books that you’ve gotten lost in? When was the last time you couldn’t put a book down?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post here at healthy&handmade! Always remember to think positive and love yourself!


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