You know, sometimes, there are those books that are really good, you love them, you would encourage people to read them, but you can't, for the life of you, tell anyone what made it so good or why you liked it so much??
I don't know. Maybe you folks are way more succinct than I am. I don't know.
But yes, that would be me, a lot of the time. Half the time I can't articulate a single thought to save my life.
See, my family went to the bookstore the other day, and I noticed The Wednesday Wars on the shelf.
"Oh, that's a really good book. I really liked it." I say, gesturing to it.
One of the guys who works there was talking with us about various books, and after I mention The Wednesday Wars, he asked me what is was about.
"Um... uh... it, er, hm....." I'll spare you the gory details of my very shameful attempt at talking about the book. Even though I liked it and knew what it was about in my head, when it came to articulating my thoughts, I failed miserably.
Later on at home, me and my dear mother were discussing the, herm, incident. Dear mother noted that I would have to do something about that. It's not just with talking about books that I have trouble.
(Because, you know, a good director has to be able to articulate things. *nods* Very important skill.)
I admitted that I can, in fact, articulate. I just need time. Heck, most of the reviews on this blog have taken several days, sometimes a week and a half to complete, because I have to gather my thoughts and actually think about the book/movie.
Mom noted that reading shouldn't be "plow the book up and then toss it aside," but that one should think about it, chew on it a little bit, etc. Not that I always plow through books, but I certainly don't analyze them very much, or think too much about them in that sense. *hangs head in shame*
"Why was it so good, Abby? What did you like about it??" Mother would ask.
I ought to know these things.... not necessarily off the top of my head, but it shouldn't take me days to formulate a coherent answer.
Which prompted an idea.
What if I kept a notebook by my bed (I read mainly right before, or in place of, sleeping.) and after putting down my book(s) for the night, jot down notes: what the story was about, what impacted me, what I liked about it, things about the characters, word choices, anything!
We both decided it was a good idea. I was very excited :)
SO.... I found a notebook, *coughs* titled it most importantly in my genetic doctor handwriting:
from Hereon after,
this Notebook shall
for my observing and studying
and other worded documents
that I shall read,
heighten and train my
A completely inarticulate title. *shakes head* Even if it makes no sense, it got the point across... I think. :P
Anywho, so. Now I have a place to organize and articulate my thoughts while reading-- hopefully it will help my skills in processing information and quickly being able to articulate and communicate it. I might even use it while watching movies, too.
In my sidebar now, actually, look for a section called, "From The Notebook," 'cause I'll be posting little snippets from my notes every couple days. :D
Now, I could probably talk about the first two or three chapters of Jane Eyre without very many "um's..." and I could probably tell you the entire plot of One Good Knight :) Of course, I won't do that right now, but I'm just saying.... having a place to put those thoughts while they're fresh is really great.
Anyway, if you happen to have trouble making sense of your thoughts and communicating things, then I highly suggest getting a notebook, or a Word Document on the computer, or some other way to be able to jot down thoughts conveniently as they come, and while they're fresh... because it is definitely helping me. And it doesn't even have to be for the books you're reading-- it could be for anything!
Well, I hoped that helped. And if all you took from this jumbled-up post was that I need serious help in articulation, then that's fine with me. It's true.