|See what I did there. Love. Books.|
But really, there are a few things that recharge me when I'm feeling tired or cranky or anxious and reading is one of them. It's also mostly free, excepting those pesky late fees that I managed to compile over the holidays when getting to the library to return books just didn't make it onto the to-do list as often as it should have.
Audrey decided I should read one she recently finished called What the Moon Said by Gail Rosengren. She has been reading a bit more historical fiction lately and is also interested in books about families that move. Hmmm. I'm no therapist, but I think she might be trying to work through something here. She reads and we talk about it and I hope it helps her work through whatever needs working. She assures me I will absolutely love this book and I believe her.
Isaac chose an adventure book called North by Donna Jo Napoli about a boy who heads to the Arctic Circle to escape the life he lives. He is all about biographies, adventure, Greek Mythology, and strong characters so I'm interested to read this book to see what captured his interest.
As the kids get older, we continue to share books, but they also read lots of books on their own. I like to have them recommend a book every now and again so we can discuss it and so I can keep track of their interests.
|2013-sharing books with my Elliot as he uses his baby brother (in my belly) as a pillow|
I always have the goal of 52 books per year. This includes the books I read on my own and the chapter books I read with each big kid before bed, but does not include picture books. I came across this Reading Challenge online and I think it looks like a really fun one. Although my One Word is Order, I'm not going to go all crazy and follow this to a t. Instead I'll use it as a guide and cross off as many as I can or reference it when I'm in a reading rut. (This is me not adding unnecessary stress to my life by giving myself an unnecessary goal to reach. I'd actually like reading to remain fun and not feel like another job.) I share it with you in case you are a bibliophile like myself and would like some new ideas on books to read. If it's going to stress you out, forget it. If it sounds like fun, let's read together.
So far I've done book by someone younger than 30 and I'm working on funny book now. I recommend Hope Runs to everyone who loves inspiring stories and seeing the goodness in humanity again. I recommend Hyperbole and a Half to people who don't mind copious amounts of swear words and biting humor. Don't say I didn't warn you! These are books I'd already started reading when I came across the list and they just happened to fit in. Hey, I just looked again. Isaac's and my current Harry Potter book has more than 500 pages and Anne of Windy Poplars. which Audrey and I just finished, has been made into a movie. Hooray!
So, if you're a reader and this will add zero stress to your life, join the reading challenge fun. Are you in?
What are you currently reading? And what book do I just HAVE to read in 2015? It can be classic, new, or something in between.