I'm going to start off saying of love reading, I'm good at it too, and I love English. Writing has always been something I like too, so I've never had any problems with English, until now. We have a new teacher this year. He's really nice, but he's horrible at discipline, he can"t keep to a schedule, he's a pushover, he gives assignments on a person to person basis aka if he doesn't like you he makes you write 6 sentences instead of three (I'm not even exaggerating) and I honestly think I know more about grammar than he does.
Right now, though I'm really frustrated with this one assignment. At the beginning of the year we were told of one assignment we'd do twice; our Independent Reading Assignment (IRA), basically we'd be expected to pick a book each semester, read it, and take a quiz over it. We were even given a list of at least 40 books that we could do of all different genres. I looked over the books and was immediately excited, one of the books I already had and was meaning to read (which I ended up doing). I went back through the list and was even more excited to see a book that had been on my to-be-read list FOREVER was on the list of approved books. I was REALLY looking forward to reading it this semester for my IRA.
But no, Friday in class he hands out a set of books and says these are our IRA books. He had chosen for us. I looked the book over. It's really bad and I really resent that he chose these for us WITH NO WARNING. I mean, it's one thing to spring a book on us in class and say we'll be reading this together for the next few weeks, another to dictate what we read OUTSIDE of his class.
I confronted him today. I told him I couldn't read the book, that I hated it and couldn't even bring myself to get through the first page, I even had another friend, who also hated the book to come with me. We're both very smart bookworms who KNOW WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT when we say a book is bad. He looked at me like I was an idiot and tried to convince me the book was good. I asked him why we're reading it and he said it's because he didn't want to have paid $800 for all these books for nothing, EVEN THOUGH NO ONE ASKED HIM TO BUY THEM and he had no reason to buy them.
We've been arguing all day and he's trying to use my friends to pressure me into reading it. I'm beginning to resent him and English all together. I'm really upset over this and he won't help me or see my side.
The other problem is that now that I convinced myself the book sucks I can't get over that or convince myself of the opposite. I literally can't bring myself to read it and I've been trying to tell my teacher that all day.
I came home and threw the stupid book against a wall 3 separate times. I'm just so frustrated and I have no clue what to do. My mom will be mad if I get a 0 for not reading the book, but I can't read that book and no one can change my mind either.
Sorry for the rant. This is just really bothering me.
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