We've decided to keep track of all the books we read this next year. It's something I did for years. In fact, I had a notebook listing books by author and series. You laugh, but for years I read at least one book every day and I hated coming home from the library, putting the girls down for naps, opening a new book, only to realize I'd already read it.
(Yes, I read fast. Really fast. And no, I never took a speed reading course. It's just something I do that comes from lots of practice. I've read thousands of books over the years, picking one up and then putting it down when I'm done.)
I wonder what happened to my list? I think it was on my computer about three computers ago--and is one of those files that never made the jump.
Anyway, with all the reading to be done with our curriculum this year--and all the reading to be done instead of watching television--I decided it would be fun to keep track again. Especially for the girls.
I love to read. Love, love, love it. Always have. I was the eleven-year-old girl who wandered through the Louvre in Paris with my nose in Gone with the Wind, looking up to glance at the Mona Lisa and then heading right back to Atlanta to check on Scarlett and Melanie.
Audrey and Emma? Not so much. They enjoy it when they do it, but it's never their first inclination when there's nothing to do. Or even when there's everything to do.
Me? I'd always rather be reading.
I've read all the books about raising a reader. In fact, I've written brochures about it for libraries during my days as a publicist for a publishing company. We read out loud, we go to the library. We listen to books on tape. The girls see me read.
I haven't lost all hope.
And I think keeping track is working. Audrey and Emma are so excited for me to record a book they finish, to count how many they've read so far. I think it's helping them to feel like they really are readers.
Just as an aside, since I'm not reading Hebrew text books like I thought I would be this fall, I'm keeping track of what I'm reading too. And I'm reading lots--all for fun. And as I finish books, I'm adding them to my Amazon bookshop.
Buying a book there is really buying a book from Amazon, only I get a small percentage of the sale. It not much, but enough to buy some more books from time to time! If you've never visited, go check it out.
The most recent book I've read will be listed first on the "Books I Read Just for Fun" page. And if you've not read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society yet, you'll want to read that one first!
P.S. I love Orla Kiely's design. I first saw a bag at Anthropologie that I couldn't justify no matter how hard I tried. Then I saw some dishes at Target. Huge mugs on clearance, but I was in the midst of packing and didn't want to pack anything else. Of course, now I know they'd match my new dishes and I wish I had bought them after all. Maybe they're online...