Saturday, June 27, 2009

Beyond Pippi Longstocking

I am proud that my 12 year old Alex is an avid reader. But it has taken a few years to cultivate her fondness for literature. I'm hoping that Cole eventually finds his stride as well; he's a good reader, but when I make him sit down to read, he grimaces the entire fifteen minutes. Apparently, he's more comfortable reading upside down on the couch.

Avid readers share a certain connection, as I've said before. It can bring together the most unlikely friendships. And it can strengthen the relationships with those closest to you. Thursday night, my mother, my daughter and I trekked to Des Moines to hear author Lisa See speak. It gave me joy to hear Alex ask the author a question about her book, even if the question only involved a Chinese dessert!

I've read more Young Adult novels in this past year than ever because I want to keep connecting with my daughter as she enters the oh-so-scary years of teenagers. In case we can't seem to find much in common, we'll always be able to discuss books. I guess you could say it's my back-up plan. And I'll continue to read Batman stories if that's what it takes to make Cole a book lover.

I came across a link today which gave some ideas on cultivating young readers. Take a look. I hope you get some ideas to spur reading with your kids or grandkids.

And finally, what books are your kids reading???

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Reading Lists?

Now that it is OFFICIALLY summer, what reading are you planning to do in the next few months? I'd love to hear from YOU!

Since the kids have been out of school, here's what I've read...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This book provides me nightly reading with Cole. Funny, boyish humor -- great recommendation if you want to find something to discuss with your 7 year-old boy.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleski
Beautiful prose, engaging characters. But the ending will piss you off. I'm serious! No one in my book club felt the ending was justified.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Undoubtedly, I'm a big fan of Lisa See. The voices of her characters are lovely. Her historical streaming is captivating. I found tears coming out of nowhere as I read various parts of the book. While this book has closure, there's some wiggle room for a sequel.

What's next on my list?
Well, I'm taking a few days to blog and rewrite a few passages of my own books. Then, it's The Host by Stephenie Meyer. But after that? I'm not sure -- what are you all reading or planning to read? I have a long list, but would love to hear suggestions from you all!