As a self-confessed bookworm, reading is one of my favourite all-time things to do. 

The whole idea of uninterrupted downtime and a hot cup of tea is invigorating. 

Now I know what you may be thinking: 

a) I do not enjoy this seemingly passive activity. The seemingly never-ending lines of letters make my brain hurt. 

b) Girl, if you look at my study table, it is clear I already read plenty. Methods, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Psychology and English texts. 

I HAVE ENOUGH TO READ. 

Yes, I can hear the exasperation in your voice. 

;) 

I know, I feel you. As I typed the previous sentence, I guiltily eyed the inch thick worth of readings to do for this week of uni. But I shall not get into what Uni Life is about today. Anna and Himal will tell you all about it. 

 

Reading the different kinds of books can lend piercing insights on the world. 

1. Fresh perspective of the world. 

The collective High School experience can be likened to a bubble. It is like a sectioned off part of the world. In VCE, your timetable is dictated by your school, study commitments and assignments. Strict timetabling that is beyond your control. There are scheduled bells to indicates recess and lunchtimes. For 6 hours in a day, you will learn and absorb new knowledge and of course, have fun. ;) 

Whilst the content that you learn is useful and thought-provoking, it can be cookie cutter material that is approved by VCAA. Revised and reprinted editions of textbooks year in and year out, however it is of similar content. 

Thus to further provoke your curiosity and wonder, explore the hidden universes of books. 

(Pssst, I am not talking about your English texts that are mandatory to read.) 

Try reading: 

  • Biographies of individuals you admire. 
  • Non-fiction books about stars, volcanoes, Language, Culture, Science 
  • Romance Novels ;) 
  • Sci-fi genres 
  • If you are looking for a rugged James Bond-esque and some ridiculously bad-ass characters, I highly, HIGHLY recommend Matthew Reilly. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. 
  • Young Adult (Skulduggery Pleasant: A cult favourite amongst my friends.) 
  • AND THE LIST GOES ON. 

To put it simply, reading across genres is a form of escapism. 

It is also a reminder that there are so many experiences, places and people that have yet to imprint on your mind. 

There are so many things to look forward after this year. Trust me. 

Make the most of Year 12. 

2. VOCABULARY

I cannot emphasize the importance of being able to speak and write relatively well. 

To articulate your thoughts, comprehend and to be understood by others can be weapons of mass destruction. 

Dun dun dun. Okay, perhaps, not mass destruction. 

It’s a weapon- in a metaphorical sense. 

The way you speak can be a measure of intellect and poise. 

Mastery of language and writing does not happen overnight. It is the steady exposure to a wide range of writing by others. There is no shortage of amazingly talented writers in this world. 

Reading the odd novel or two during holiday or during the train ride to school will only substantiate your learning in school and especially in VCE. 

Proud bookworm, 

Amanda

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