Thursday, May 17, 2012

bitten by the book bug

It's no secret that Fabio and I are big readers. We have tried to pass along our love of books and reading to the Children, with mixed results.

My oldest daughter reads, Mr 18 reads, two of the other boys read NON-fiction only. The Princess adores stories with princesses, kittens, rainbows and bunnies, and steals my Kindle frequently.

But Mr 10. Oh, Mr 10.

I've tried for years to get him interested. I tried to entice him with Roald Dahl and Harry Potter and Cairo Jim and the Deltora Quest books. (All of them.)
He would politely read a bit of a book for a while and then forget about it.

Until. He saw the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and realised we had a couple of PJ books lying around, and he read 3/4 through the 2nd book, before begging me to PLEASE get the first one.
Luckily, my favourite bookstore had it, and he started reading it as soon as he got home from school, and we have to take it off him at night or he won't go to sleep.
This morning, when I got up, I found him propped up in bed, deep in his book.

I love it that he is so loving the books.

(except for the part where I get the endless plot recountings, though even that is bearable when I remind myself that HE! is READING!)

I just hope he finds a new bookish love when he gets through all the Percy Jackson books. Fingers crossed.

What about you? love books? ever pulled an all-nighter with a Good Book that you couldn't put down?


  1. Toni, I LURV BOOKS!!!! and it is sooooo great when your 'kids' discover reading !!! my daughter (27) reads everything she can get her hands on .. BUT my son (31)...... i think the only thing he reads is the 'PUTER SCREEN WHEN TROLLING THRU EBAY !!!!!

  2. We're big readers too. Hubby even reads the fiction stuff that I read!

  3. Love books? Yes! More than chocolate.
    Pulled an all-nighter? Hell yes! There are some books that just cannot be put down.
    All of my kids are readers too.
    I'm sad though to find out that one of my grand daughters is yet unable to read despite being in school almost two years now. There are reasons why I don't see that branch of the family much, so I can't help her. Reading is not encouraged much there.

  4. We're a family of bookworms here too. S should have his kindle permanently attached to his hand. I don't get to read as much as I'd like at the moment, well reading for pleasure anyway. I'm reading lots of uni notes and academic journals. I have been known to stay up all night to finish a book, and S teases me about the speed at which I read - he thinks it's because I don't blink.


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