Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Year in Review

I am a member of the Shelfari community. At the beginning of this year, there was a challenge to read 50 books during 2008. I started book 26 last night. I thought to start this blog I would do some reviews of the books I most enjoyed this year and then going forward it will be more of a current list.

One thing you should know about me is that I am a re-reader. Not only do I tend to read so quickly that I shortly forget books but I read so many books that it's impossible to remember them all. Usually, I just have a vague sort of memory of how I felt while I read the book, whether I loved or hated it and if I was satisfied with the ending. If I absolutely hate a book, I put it in the box to be recycled at our local Half-Price Books. If I enjoy it, it goes on a shelf or one of our many stacks that are waiting for more shelving in the house and then when I'm too broke for a new book, I choose an oldie. Sometimes those books don't make it back to the shelves because I'm a different person than when I first read the book and I just can't enjoy it anymore. And that's a good thing.

I like to grow and change through books which is exactly what I am trying to pass on to my son, Z. He has books that he is in love with for weeks on end and others that get a short glance every once in a while but I like for him to have full shelves to choose from. Let me tell you a little about Z while we are on the subject. He's a unique little 4 year old. He talks a bunch but very little of it is actual conversation with us. When we first realized he was reading, it was totally by chance. This was shortly after he turned 3. We were shocked but we believed in him and encouraged him to read as much as he wanted. My postings about his books will be more about what he is currently reading (both at home and in preschool) and what I perceive to be why he likes it.

See you again soon with our first books!
K and Z

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