Posts Tagged ‘reading’

I have two dates tonight.

One is with my dear friend J at a coffee shop to catch-up. The second is with what is sitting on my bed side table. 🙂

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I used to be an avid reader. I’d say in the last year I’ve let TV take up too much of my time in comparison to reading. I’m going to work on changing that. Anyway, I used to read on average 2 books a week. It was my favorite thing to do before bed – get all consumed by some story, one that made me forget everything else.

Even though they never live up to expectations, I get incredibly excited when my books I love become movies. For example:

  • Bridgette Jones
  • Chronicles of Narnia (my Dad used to read me these stories)
  • Cold Mountain
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Interview with a Vampire
  • Into the Wild
  • Kiss the Girls
  • Little Women
  • Memoirs of Geisha 
  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • Mystic River
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The Basketball Diaries
  • The Bourne series
  • The Davinci Code
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Graduate
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • The Notebook
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Twilight (…yes Twilight)
  • White Oleander

*If you haven’t read the ones in bold, I would definitely recommend them!

So seeing the preview for Water for Elephants (<– watch me) and Something Borrowed coming out, makes me so excited! Read them. Get excited with me. 🙂

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Mid-morning I left work as usual in the van to go to the school where I read with my 1st grade buddy during his lunch.

The point of the program is to promote literacy. It doesn’t necessarily mean the student has to read but the idea is to just have a mentoring like relationship and read to the child so that it promotes reading and literacy overall. Many of these students don’t have english speaking parents but seem to love reading so it’s just another way to give them a little time to do so.

So far every time I have met with my student I read the books and he eats lunch and he sometimes comments or ask questions but has not once tried to read a word on the page.

We were told specifically not to force the children to read but if they want to they can and that’s fantastic. After reading probably 6 children books and 1 whole Wimpy Kid diaries book, he hasn’t tried.

Today he picked out a book and we sat down. I opened the book and was about to say the first word and he started reading.

He read the ENTIRE BOOK! Granted there was only 2 sentences per few pages but he not only read those he also read the words in the many pictures.

It’s like we had some sort of break-through. I don’t know what it is, maybe he is now comfortable enough to read aloud with me? Whatever it is, I feel like a proud mama 🙂

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Okay, so I’m not really interested in having a true virtual book club (or maybe I would be, I guess it depends on what it entails). Anyway, what I really have enjoyed recently is noticing what others are reading in the blog world and then reading those books. So far it has led me to some amazing books (like Jenna‘s suggestion to read The Kitchen House).

When Jenna also mentioned she was reading Pictures of You I quickly got my hands on a copy. Rather than finish my episode of The Bachelor last night I got into bed at 10:30pm and read until my eyes could not stay open. (It was probably no more than 30 minutes, haha). But already this book grabbed me and I’m looking forward to reading more tonight. 🙂

If I haven’t said it before I am VERY open to book suggestions. I should probably start a page with some of my favorites since they tend to be the most highly suggested and then hopefully people can recommend new ones.

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My daily words of wisdom: Never underestimate the power of a 7-year-old.

Yesterday morning I woke up in somewhat of a crappy mood.

The combination of being tired (I kept waking up in the middle of the night) and knowing my day was going to be packed with meetings and stressors I wanted to crawl back into my bed.

But Power Lunch was on my Wednesday schedule. I mentioned this program before where during lunch once a week (or when my partner can do her share, every other week) I am shuttled to an elementary school in a “bad part of Boston” (it’s actually a wonderful school and a pretty area but it’s known for violence/few opportunities) and I read with a 1st grader at his school during his lunch break.

I’ll be honest, yesterday morning the idea of being out of the office for over an hour and a half. I wasn’t feeling it.

And then I got to his classroom to pick him up to take him to the auditorium where we read together. He ran out to me with a huge grin on his face and immediately started telling me about the snowball fight he and his brother had.

My heart melted. My ovaries may have even ached a little.

We read Diary of A Wimpy Kid The Last Straw for half hour (seriously, he is such a smart kid, he doesn’t want to read the shorter books, he loves this book and apparently already read the first!) and then at the 30 minute mark his attention span usually hits a wall. So we played tik tak toe together for the last few minutes and I let him win twice. (It seemed unfair to beat a 1st grader…)

Sometimes it just takes a little break from reality and a little time with a 7 year-old to cheer you up  🙂

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A good read

It’s 1:26am and I can’t put this book down…

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I’m staying in tonight. It’s a strange feeling to be honest. More than anything I wanted to clean, order food, read, watch tv, and just “relax” in my apartment tonight. The idea of going out just seemed exhausting and I need a little me time after a crazy work week and my trip.

A few of my friends are headed out tonight to do a mini pub crawl. Even though I want to stay in part of me is having such a hard time accepting that it’s okay that I’m not going out. That it doesn’t make me anti-social or lazy, it’s just what I want tonight. It’s OK to relax and sit on my couch without a busy plan.

Because really, when outside your apartment looks like this

A night of this is just pefect…

and this was just officially submitted for 3 months…

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