Posted by: Nancy Keim Comley | September 19, 2017


The week before school started my family and I took our summer vacation at the Jersey Shore. For five days we walked and lolled about on the beach, read and played silly games. It was glorious.

On the first night my daughter gave me one of her favorite manga’s to read (she had brought more books than clothes). She was impatient for me to read it so we could talk about the stories. For those who don’t know what manga is (like me before my daughter arrived) it’s a Japanese comic based on a style developed in the late 19th century (thanks, wikipedia). Written in Japanese by Japanese creators, though they may be translated into English, their original format is usually kept intact.

What does this mean? Japanese is read from right to left so my daughters’ manga were from right to left.

Have I mentioned that I’m dyslexic?

Well, I am. Usually not a problem thanks to the Pennsylvania school system but when attempting to read from right to left my brain at first tied itself into a granny knot. After several squeaks of confusion my daughter chose a shorter one and carefully showed me how to read from right to left. It took a long time and I still had some moments of confusion trying to sort out which picture goes where in a sequence, but finally I was able to read the book.

Delighted with my progress, my daughter then brought over her entire Cardcaptor Sakura collection (four books, each about two inches thick). These I’m reading s-l-o-w-l-y, but I’m reading. The art is beautiful and the story engaging and we’ve been talking about it, which was the original point.

My brain feels stretched and tired after reading these for a while, but isn’t that the entire point of a good book?

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