My Unschooling Book Series (14)
It’s the end of a busy day. And I’m tired. I haven’t yet written today’s unschooling book post. To be honest, I don’t want to think about unschooling right at this moment. What I really want to do is pour myself a glass of wine, and relax while reading a library book. I’d like to begin Val McDermid’s novel, Northanger Abbey.
A few weeks ago, I discovered that this crime writer is rewriting Jane Austen’s novels. I haven’t read any of these books. I haven’t even read any of McDermid’s crime stories. Actually, I didn’t even know this author existed until I came across her name while I was reading an article about Jane Austen’s novels.
I know hardly anything about McDermid’s Northanger Abbey. All I know is that it’s a modern retelling of Austen’s novel of the same name. The heroine, Cat Morland, is a homeschooled minister’s daughter. Homeschooled? How could I create a credible 17-year-old with that degree of naivete in 2014? Obviously, Cat isn’t an unschooler.
I have no idea if the book is worth reading, but I shall soon find out. If it’s no good, I’ll throw it back into my bag and return it to the library next time I’m in town. I don’t believe I have to finish everything I start.
I don’t believe kids have to finish everything they start either. Some people might disagree with my opinion. Perhaps they think that persevering to the end is character building. But it’s not. It’s a waste of time. It’s much better to trust our children’s judgement and allow them to move on to something better.
This reminds me of a conversation I once had with my girls.
“When will you have time to read all those library books?” I asked, looking at their huge stack.
“We probably won’t read them all,” said Imogen. “We never do. Some books aren’t worth reading. After a few pages, we can tell if a book is going to be okay or not. We toss aside the ones that aren’t right, to take back to the library.”
Yes, some books aren’t right. They shouldn’t be read. I’m glad my children don’t finish everything they start.
Image: Gemma-Rose finished what she started. Last weekend, she enjoyed running in her first 5 K race!
So have you read Northanger Abbey, either version? Do you like rewritten books? And do you always finish what you start?