At Etone we know just how important reading is. Not only is it integral to developing our literacy and ensuring that we develop our Employability skills however, reading also allows you to broaden your knowledge, travel across the globe to different lands and time periods as well as discovering more about ourselves. The need to read is something we like to promote and weather that is in a lesson reading an article, case study or text or perhaps getting lost in your favourite read, we want to encourage you to get the most out of it. This term we will be finding out about our pupil and staffs favourite reads and what it is that ignites the passion to delve into literature. Let’s start by looking at Miss Stafford’s entry here.
Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières:
This book is set on the idyllic island of Kefalonia (Cephalonia) and I read this whilst on holiday there several years ago. I loved reading about the places that I was visiting and was even lucky enough to sees some of the locations for the film that followed the book. The book is set in World War 2 and centres around the Italian occupation of the Greek Islands. I love this book, not only because of its beautiful location and its historical context, but because it is a story about love on all different levels. It deals with the love of a daughter for her father and he for her, unrequited love, love that is against the odds but prevails and the love that people have for their homeland. It was a book that I could not put down and have read many times since. It is a book that you can get truly lost in.
At the start of the Christmas break we launched our Extreme Reading Challenge where we invited pupils and staff to take pictures of themselves whilst on their adventures in the most extreme places possible. Although the competition has yet to be judged we would like to share some of the entries we have had so far:
Don’t forget to keep sharing your extreme reads with us and let us know what your reading.