Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So close yet so far away

One month down...eleven more to go, and I'm not off to the best start on my books read total.

One of these days, I'll be able to read for hours at a time and maybe chip away at my collection much faster.  But for now, I will take the reading opportunities as I find them and do what I can.

I did, however, come up with an idea for celebrating leap year day.

This February 29th, I am taking a vacation day and reading all day.  Yep...all day.  Me and some books.  I can't wait!

Now I'm not just planning on reading one book.  I want to see how many little books in my collection I can get through in one day.  It would be fun if I could get through one every hour or two.  Over the next couple weeks, I am going to sort through my shelves and find eligible prospects.  I'll let you know which books make the cut.

What I'm Reading

I am 75 pages away from the end of The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship (hence the title of this post).  I am planning on getting the kids in bed early tonight and trying to finish it.  I'm at, what I call, the point of no return with the book.  This is the point at which you cannot bear to stop reading.  And I am at that point.  So tonight, I will be getting in my pj's and curling up with the books to see how it ends.

What I've Read

Last week, I read Heroes for My Son by Brad Meltzer.  What a sweet little book!  It's not long, it's not extensive.  It is simple and true and effective.

There are people listed in there that you would generally assume would be in a book like this: Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Ghandi.  More impressively, though, there is a great portion of people you wouldn't have considered right off the bat but are so important to this collection: Mr. Rogers, Jesse Owens, Jim Henson, Harper Lee.  These are people that, after you hear their names, you think "of course!"  Best of all, though, there are the people whose names you may have never heard of who are so much on the same plain as the others that you wonder why you'd not heard of them till now: Miep Gies (the woman who hid and kept Anne Frank's diary), Norman Borlaug (father of the Green Revolution), Dan West (founder of Heifer International), and Office Frank Shankwitz (co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation).

Heroes for My Son is a great little read, when you have children or not.  It's also a great gift for new parents.  I may also pre-order Heroes for My Daughter which is coming out this April.

What I've Added to My Collection

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia - I picked this up at my kids' school book fair.  What caught my eye were all those awards.  Anything that decorated should be an excellent read.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Everyone keeps saying how wonderful this is.  Since it was on sale for under $5 for my Kindle, I decided to give it a shot.  Not sure when I will get to it, but for that price, I wanted it in my collection.

I Grew Up to Be President by Laurie Calkhoven - My oldest son is very interested in the US Presidents and this book is a great introduction to the office that 44 people have gallantly held.  While it's not really a book that I'm reading, I wanted to throw it out there as a good one for kids.

Now with my kids in bed, I'm off to read!

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