School, college, and other educational endeavors are off to a full, swinging start. Books can be a bit scary (particularly when you discover the full scope of what you are expected to read over the coming days, weeks, and months).
Whether you're taking an English class in high school or registered for a literature class in college, literature is really about taking it one step at a time. You listen, read, re-read, and prepare yourself--all of your efforts make a difference in how you understand the books, poetry, and stories for your class. But, how do you succeed?
George Henry Lewes wrote, "Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without." And, Guillermo Cabrera Infante wrote, "For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page."
But, to me, literature can be so much more--particularly if you immerse yourself. As Henry Miller wrote: "Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."
Has the prospect of studying all those stacks of books ever seemed a bit daunting? How did you overcome your fear? And, do you now find yourself immersed in another semester/quarter/lifetime of reading books? ;)