Friday, October 15, 2010

Everyone Loves a Good Book

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.


Ryan is currently reading Sent. He proclaims that is is just as good as the first book and is already talking about the third book in the series.

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.

Many of these book choices have come from a few sites that I've discovered as of late. Enjoy your exploring and remember, don't forget to read!


Anonymous said...

I love to read too and always love seeing my little one's doing the same. My Oldest had to read Hunger Games for her English class and loved it so much she read it ahead of schedule and just finished the second in the series too.

Sarah said...

Definitely read The Hunger Games. I read the whole series this summer and thoroughly enjoyed them all.

Tanya said...

Last night I read Anna Quindlen's newest book, EVERY LAST ONE - so tense, so sad - so I don't know ... powerful and I can't decide if I'm glad I read it or not. Sure is a good one for the bookclub - lots of stuff in it to discuss. Are you on good I am - love it.


Jill said...

Oh I love your stack Jane, and your info. Good ideas for my boys.

I just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird for the third time. Even better this time. And I've started Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. I just felt it was time I found out what he was all about. On your stack, I've read Little Bee, The Book Thief and The Art of Racing in the Rain. i think the Book Thief was my fav from that list. I liked Little Bee, but the English woman's story seemed a little trite, of all of the narratives. The whole works as a publisher of a edgy fashion mag is just a bit cliche. The immigrant tale was so moving though.

l.c. said...

Yes, I loved The Hunger Games. I have read all three books and highly recommend them. My high school students love the series as well. I wish there were more series like it.

magnusmog said...

I've just read Eleanor Rigby by Dougkas Coupland and thought it was a remarkable book. I'm also working my way through the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and they are great fun.

ColorSlut said...

I also love love love reading. I read every day (the day seems messed up if I don't). Thanks for posting what is currently on the night stands.

RW said...

Some good suggestions to check out. I am hoping to tackle the Hunger Games. Just read Looking for Alaska - excellent.

MadMad said...

Great picks! i remember finishing Little Bee in the car pool line, sobbing and sobbing, and having all the moms walk by, probably thinking something major was happening! LOVED Hunger Games, (we read it for mother/daughter book club, and all the moms were riveted - and again, sobbing - and all the kids were like, yeah, it's fine. (The second and third in the series were not quite as good, was the general consensus.) But the first was quite good. Our mother/son group (my reading list has LOTS of kids' books, doesn't it?) is reading the Grisham one now. Glad to hear it's a fun read!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I love all of the reading going on in your home--fabulous! I've been a reader and fan of libraries just about as long as I can remember. It has added such dimension to my life.