I was never very good at that section on the SATs. You know the one, where you have to fill in the blank - _______ :: _______ as _______ :: _______ . WORST NIGHTMARE EVER. Except maybe those math problems that start with, "If a train leaves Brooklyn at midnight, and goes 100 mph towards San Francisco, when will it meet a train traveling on the same track in the opposite direction, full of basketball players and moon pies?
I have read some really great books lately - two of them at the top of my list are A Man Called Ove and The Hate U Give. Two totally different, very unique books that spoke to me. Another such book would be The Mothers. I have highlighted sections in each book, and refer back to them again and again.
When my kids were little, they all loved to read, and participating in the Book It! program seemed kinda, sorta, well, dumb to us. Why WOULDN'T you read? Hey, we were going to be reading anyway - if Pizza hut was silly enough to give all of the kids a free personal pan pizza for reading - well, hell, that was dinner one night a month, amirite? We would save them until each of the kids had earned one - by the middle of the month, certainly - and we'd all go grab a personal pizza, bring them home, and dinner would be done.
I mean, I added baby carrots and cut up apples cuz no one in my house got off that easy, but hey. Pizza, man. It's one of the most, if not THE MOST, perfect foods.
But lately, my older kids have all but given up reading, and unless it happens on a smart phone - well, it's not happening.
What if we had the Adult Book It! program - what if, for every ten books we read, we could turn it in for a pizza? That would be AH-MAZING. But, let's turn it up a bit. Let's say, if you read three books that were outside your cultural norm, and allowed you to see the world through an entirely different set of eyes - that might earn you a whiskey sour. What if you read a book by an author you'd never heard of, on a topic you never imagined? Two donuts, right there. And if you read books by only people of color, or only female authors, or only minority authors - well, none of these would probably go over very big.
Why is reading not encouraged when you are an adult? My husband does not enjoy reading, and he doesn't like it when I'm reading when he's home, and so I read when he's away. But I rarely see other adults reading, which makes me wonder
why? Why don't people read more? Is it a time thing? An enjoyment thing? A money thing?
The other evening, I was sitting on the sofa reading. I had some music on, and a glass of iced tea, and I was just - reading. A kid came in the room and asked, "What's wrong with you?" Nothing, I replied. I'm just reading. Three more kids came in, and all asked the same question.
There was nothing wrong! I was just reading.
Have you read something recently that stayed with you? Lay it on me.
I'm currently reading The Serpent King, and man oh man. Several of my favorite authors have new books coming out over the next several months, and it's making me SO HAPPY.