Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Always Bring a Good Book

I know I've addressed this before but I can't stress it enough. Always keep a book with you to pass the time while you are waiting for something. Last week our family drove to Florida so we spent a considerable amount of time in the car together. Yes, we have a DVD player and the kids also brought their PSPs, but what kept us most entertained during the long hours was reading Harry Potter together. My 11 year old brought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with him to read while we were away. He read book three first and decided to go back and read the first two. I thought it might be fun to read it aloud but I had no idea what a hit it would be. I read the entire book during the trip down and my kids were rapt for the entire story. They didn't even want me to stop long enough for a sip of water. Of cours, this left Sean with nothing to read on his own. We eventually found a Walmart and purchased books two and four. I read all of book two to them on the way home and Sean also finished book 4 by the time we arrived in Massachusetts. Yes, they also watched a few movies and played video games but the best time spent in the car was spent reading together.

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and though I rarely reread books myself, it was great to revisit these books. If you haven read Harry, I highly recommend them all.


NHS Class of 2010 said...

I miss harry potter!

CJ McMahon said...

That is so how your whole family is into reading! My brother and dad don't read a lot but me, my mom, and my two little sisters love to read! My two little sisters just learned how to read and they are reading everything like crazy now. Karlene is only seven but her teacher said she is already reading at a fifth grade level! I know what you mean about Harry Potter that’s one of the series I can really re-read and still be on the edge of my seat every turn of the page! Speaking of books I really need one for my outside reading project. I have already read a few but haven't really been interested. :( Any suggestions? Thanks!

Mrs. Young said...

Thanks, C.J. I read The Bancroft Strategy (another Robert Ludlum book)during February vacation. It might be a good pick for outside reading because it raises some serious ethical questions around philanthropy, decision making, and "playing God." There's lots to write about. Dennis Lehane's Gone Baby Gone is also a great book. I read it a long time ago but it comes to mind because the DVD was recently released. I'd like to see it because I heard it was well done and I love that it's set in Boston and directed by Boston's own Ben Affleck. Fake Boston accents in movies are always painful to listen to but I think they'll be authentic with a local in charge.