Bookworms, not such an endangered species

Though school work often beckons the majority of our time, CNU students are still finding time to stick their nose in a book. Photo by Hannah Gatens/The Captain's Log

Though school work often beckons the majority of our time, CNU students are still finding time to stick their nose in a book. Photo by Hannah Gatens/The Captain’s Log

Humans have been documenting stories and histories since the beginning of time. Gangly men with spears upraised in chase of their next kill adorned the walls of caves and rocks, waiting to be read and interpreted. A few (just a few) centuries later, Homer mystified us with his gargantuan plots and heroic characters. Mark Twain spit witty truth in our ears, and Jane Austen taught us about Romantic love.

Then came J.K. Rowling who taught us how to fly, and shortly after Stephanie Meyer (dare I put them in the same sentence) who illustrated the meaning of zoophilia.

Zoophilia (n.): a sexual attraction to animals.

With all the stress of our day-to-day lives, humans crave an outlet, a cave in which to root for the bison being chased by spears, to close our eyes to a fantastic constellation of possibility, where we can control what we see and what we believe. Books are that outlet. Students at CNU, while busy with school work and jobs, still find time to escape into literature.

Junior Nicole Shelton is currently reading “Let It Snow,” a compilation novel of stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Shelton typically reads fantasy books such as the “Game of Thrones” series, “Harry Potter” and “Eragon.”

Like Shelton, junior John McErlean, while he claims to like books in general, enjoys fantasy novels and is currently reading a series by Isaac Asimov called the “Foundation” trilogy. Unlike non-fiction novels, fantasy novels and series transport us into a world only imaginable in our own minds, where dragons exist, animals talk, and tributes fight a bloody battle to the death in a dystopian, threatening world we still somehow find charming.
Senior Meara Goss is about halfway through “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier, a book adapted into a movie in 2003 starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and the talented and recently deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman. “I don’t like to read fiction,” she said, but she gives the book a score of seven out of 10. Normally, Goss would be more inclined to pick up a non-fiction novel. “I like to be able to see how it fits into the world,” she said.
Senior Courtney Colligan, inspired by a project she is currently working on with Dr. Grace Godwin, assistant professor of the department of theater and dance, is currently rereading (emphasis on the re-) “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare. Yes, Miss Colligan is a woman and a scholar. “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath and “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf are only a couple of her favorites. “I really like classics,” she said, claiming to steer clear of modern novels, besides “Harry Potter” of course.

Senior Josh Hartelius is paying a visit to Hogwarts for his third year as of now, engrossed in the pages of “Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban,” the third installment in J.K. Rowling’s popular-even-to-those-who’ve-never-read-it series. “I don’t read too often” mostly because of schoolwork, he says, but when he does, it’s usually the Bible. He hopes to start reading “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green soon, which I heavily applaud, because everyone needs to board the John Green train. Everyone.

John Green, that wide-eyed, bespectacled genius, has captured the hearts of many at CNU. Junior Janell Daniels is currently rereading “Looking for Alaska” by John Green. Her good friend, junior Morgan Haskins, is flipping through the pages of Mitch Albom’s “Phone Calls from Heaven.”
Senior Chiaka Chuks is currently reading “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis and claims she loves it. By reading it, she said, she is getting closer with her family, while relieving stress, which as I’ve said before, books can help do. You might notice I’m trying to convince you of something.

Senior Alex Stamnas, though she has no time to read while balancing school work, enjoys any book by Dan Brown, Jodi Picoult and the occasional work by Nicholas Sparks, because let’s be honest, he knows how to make us cry.

The TV show “Dexter” has inspired senior Brittany Watson to begin the novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter,” the first installment in the series by Jeff Lindsay. “It’s really cool reading the books after watching the show and seeing the parallels and differences between the two,” she said.

Personally, I enjoy any good book. However, action and adventure, young adult novels/series hold my attention and emotion most effectively. I’m a fourth of the way through George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series, but because each of his novels weigh close to the amount of a huge mound of cement, I’ve had to take breaks by reading different books. “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore is currently first on my Kindle, and so far, though I’m not far, I am intrigued. As long as there is romance and adventure, I will be hooked. It’s a great way to escape from the mundane tasks of the real world. When I say “BOOKS,” you say “ROCK!” BOOKS!