Reading has been a passion of mine since I was small, thus leading me to the education field with a certification to teach reading. I always have a book in hand, while reminding everyone else in the family to pick up their own. This week's links explore the reading in our home and some fun sites that I've discovered. Hopefully, you might find something to help spur those readers in your home.
What I'm reading:
I just finished reading Little Bee. Great book, but sad.
Currently, I'm reading Found. Ryan (my reluctant reader) has attached himself to this series. We started reading it together, but he loved it so that he went ahead and then encouraged me to finish it. It is a well written book with plenty of suspense.
Next up on my list will be The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
Just finished reading The Art of Racing in the Rain. He typically reads thrillers and spy novels, but I really encouraged him to reach out of his comfort zone for this selection. He was glad he did, as he thoroughly enjoyed this read. If you are a dog lover and have ever thought about what your dog was thinking, this book is for you.
He is currently reading The Road. Again, I encouraged him to select this one. It took me a long time to get my courage up to read it myself, but after much prompting from my brother, I went for it. I'm glad I did. Even though it is profoundly depressing and sad there is the message of hope. It made me realize how lucky I am to have my family.
As with both boys, I find that they are on reading overload during the school year due to New York State Standards so that reading during the summer is in the form of magazines and graphic novels. Matt had to read two books over the summer and he chose two quick mysteries just to finish the assignment. But don't get me wrong. He loves to read and will have many books next to his bed waiting in the queue.
Currently he is finishing up The Battle of the Labyrinth. This is the fourth (?) book in this series. This series still continues to hold his attention (which is hard to do in series' books) and he looks forward to reading each night.
Next up will be The Hunger Games. This was a choice for summer, which he started, but wanted something lighter. He bought this the other day with hopes of reading it slowly and digesting the author's message. This too, is in my queue.
Over the summer he read John Grisham's new book for YA. Ryan really enjoyed the action of the boy lawyer and the situations that he fell into. I'm glad Grisham has decided to write for the middle school readers. I hope his action and mystery genre will hook those reluctant readers.