|A few of my favorite books growing up|
|Some more of my favorites|
Then once I was married and started having children, my reading changed a bit. I started reading to our children. Even as infants, every night we would rock and I would read books to them. We had our favorites and we would throw in a new one every once in a while. That became our routine. Reading to the kids and rocking them and then ending by singing songs to them until they were asleep. Just thinking of those days warms my heart. It was my favorite time of the day. Soon my husband and I knew the books by heart and the kids did too. Patrick surprised us by reading at age 4. We thought he was just memorizing the words on the page and so we gave him a book he had never read, and sure enough he was reading. Reagan also was an early reader at age 4. Bennett had more trouble with reading but once he got the hang of it, he sped right on ahead.
|Some of the ones we read over and over again to the kids.|
Through their years in elementary school, we have come to realize that Spelling seems to come easy to them. Either Patrick or Bennett has won their Spelling Bee at school for the last 5 years. Now they are off to the middle school and it will be Reagan's job to carry on the title. Reagan even won her first classroom spelling bee this year. I absolutely attribute this to reading. When you are reading old and new words, they start to stick in your brain and spelling just comes easy. Of course, my husband would say it is also hereditary (he was a champion speller as well). But, reading books will surely set you up for success in comprehension, grammar, spelling, and composition. You can't go wrong being a reader.
|Bennett after winning the 5th/6th grade Spelling Bee this year.|
I recently was contacted about having a quote from one of my reviews used in an NY Times ad. They stated that due to space issues, they likely wouldn't be able to give me the credit for the quote by using my name. At first, I was miffed, but then when I took a moment to really think about the reason behind why I review books, it didn't matter. My reviews are also being printed in our Sunday newspaper and no, I don't get paid...yet. I don't review books for the notoriety. I review them to share my love of reading and encourage others to read. If my review or my quote, helps someone decide that they would also want to read this book, then my job is done. It isn't about whether I was quoted, paid, or praised. It was that someone bought or checked out a book, opened it, and started reading.
|NY Times ad for SWEET SALT AIR|
Mine is the top left quote.
I hope that you after you have read one my reviews, you stopped by the bookstore or your local library and picked up that book and read it. We may not have felt the same way about it, and that is what is so fabulous about books. We don't all have to agree on how we felt about the book. We just have to agree on a love of reading! I hope that you are sharing your love of reading with someone today.