Monday, August 2, 2010

My Reading Challenge

Since leaving the workforce 7 years ago for full time motherhood, I will admit that my reading material has not been very challenging.  Let’s be honest, most of the articles written for a newspaper or magazine are at or below an 8th grade reading level.  Depending on the type of book you enjoy, it may be about the same.  There is a part of my brain that has not been fully engaged while reading “Goodnight Moon” repeatedly or the most recent favorite fiction thriller.

Truthfully, I didn’t realize how much I missed the challenge until I picked up a copy of The Weekly Standard.  This weekly current events magazine does not write for your average middle or high school reader.   This is not Newsweek or Time.  I am a little embarrassed to confess that it took me extra time to read the first few articles.  There were words I didn’t know and the sentence structures made me pause to think.  When I found my mind wandering, I had to go back and reread the last paragraph to fully grasp the author’s intent.

Now that I am on my third issue of the magazine, I look forward to re-developing my reading comprehension skills so that I can enjoy the articles as rapidly as I would any other magazine or blog.  Some people play Suduko to sharpen their mind, I read The Weekly Standard.

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