Yeah, I’m a lot bookish. I’m a reader. I’ve been a reader for my entire life. As a kid, I was an early reader, always a book in hand. I’m freaked out and so excited that my kid is starting to read. I want her to figure it out so bad, and she’s so close. I can see her little brain working and the realization that letters make sounds and words, and words together mean something. I see her “reading” stories to her sister – going through books and telling the story as she sees it and as she’s heard it. This could be the coolest thing about parenting that nobody ever told me.
Because I’m a reader, and love books to the point of obsession, I think it’s really important that my girls see me reading in different capacities: books for fun, papers for work, newspapers on the weekend, fashion and fitness magazines whenever. I read my books in front of them, on the couch or sprawled on the floor, and I’ve come up with a 10 minute “let’s all read quietly to ourselves” challenge. We’re up to 38 seconds. I’m hoping that we’ll reach 10 minutes this decade. I’m hoping that they find books that speak to their little hearts and make them wonder and question the world.
From my own personal experience, I know that silly books like the Babysitter’s Club and the Sweet Valley Twins are harmless, and that reading nonsense and drivel doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t love Books with a Capital B; books that are truly valid literature. I hope that their English and literature teachers are just as good, if not better than their math teachers when they’re in high school (and I’m a math loving engineering psycho). I hope that when it’s time for them to post on the future version of Facebook that they know the difference between there, their, and they’re. No pressure, kids. But seriously, they’re different words – get it right.
I’m also reading the The Clan of the Cave Bear Series (Earth’s Children)and the Outlander series. But they’re both really long and wordy authors, so I stop and start those books and it takes me months to get through it all. But I’m hooked. Thanks to Mom and Karen for those.
And since I’ve caught the reading bug, I now have an ongoing list of books I want to read but haven’t gotten to yet. This fall and winter, I’m hoping to read:
Side discussion – what’s your guilty pleasure book? What’s your favorite book of all time? What “school book” rocked your world way back when?
b) I actually can’t even answer my own question. I can’t think of a favorite book. Not even The Baby-Sitters Club #3: The Truth About Stacey (and can we talk about the BSC being available on kindle?!).
I’ve had a banner year in reading; I’ve read more books in the past 9 months than I’ve read in years. And since I’m on a roll, I want to keep this going. I need book suggestions, friends! So what are you reading? Anything mind-blowing? Anything trashy and amazing? Should we plan on talking more about books – maybe make this a regular feature?