If you ask someone what was the last book they read for fun many will say "I don't know, I hate reading." or something along those lines. Many students today now associate reading with school work. The only books they read are the ones chosen to fit the curriculum. We read books for school a lot differently then reading for fun. For school work, every chapter read you have to determine the authors tone, or vocabulary words in the story. You have to constantly be thinking about the mechanics. If you're reading for fun, it can be a way to "escape". The same way you would do with a movie. Free reading allows you to read just for the story.
First semester I was in the class advanced reading. I took it to speed up the rate I read at. Three days a week, we would have time that was set aside for "free reading". That was one of the first classes I've taken in high school that had a specific time just to read anything you want. There was no length requirement, specific genre, or type of book we had to read. It was the first time in a while for me and some of my class mates that we read for fun. Once I started reading on a weekly basis it doesnt feel like work or boring. Do people actually hate reading, or does school just take the fun out of it?