Remember the challenge I issued my kids in June??
Let's read 100 books this summer!!
I know ALL of YOU are dying to know if we made it or not.......
As it turns out, WE DID!!! uh hem....well, we read 100 books before summer was over......hee hee!
If you look real closely at the picture, you'll notice the squiggly line? That represents us going back to school. We were up to 80 books at that point. Frankly- that HUGE!!! That means the Texas Darlings read 80 books in 11 weeks!! That's not small potatoes folks.
However, our goal was 100 books and here in Texas, we don't count the summer over 'til we are at least in the 90s temperature-wise.... So could we read 100 books by September 20??
The challenge was thrown down and these kids rose to it. You should have seen them reading their little hearts out to be the person who read the 100th book!!
Sis won! And she deserved it- reading a whopping 54 books! She read some fantastic classics like, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Boxcar Children (and several of the "mysteries"), & started the Little House on the Prairie series. She also discovered some new favorites like Because of Winn Dixie and The Percy Jackson & The Olympians series (which she devoured all 6 books in 2 weeks). Here was her favorite books of the summer in her own words:
Brody, like I predicted, read a lot of non-fiction (tanks, submarines, snakes, lizards, you name it) this summer. He also read a ton of Magic Tree House books and really enjoyed the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series. For someone who doesn't pick reading as his first choice of something to do, he read very well this summer, completing 30 books! Here is his favorite:
For me, I wanted to read quick, fun reads this summer. My favorites this summer??
The first 4 of the Sookie Stackhouse books (such fun, quick reads!)
Janet Evanovich's First 2 Stephanie Plum books
Quick, easy reads for me....don't come looking for serious novels here. I also got nice & caught up on my magazines that have been stacked in the corner. NO time for those any more...need to end my subscriptions....
I also fell in love with the Kindle this summer. It is so, so, so easy to get a book and read on it. Love toting it around in my purse and having my "book" where ever I go!
So I have quite a few more books on my list to read this fall, including Carl Hiassan's Star Island (or October Book Club read), The Hunger Games series (thanks to all of you out there hyping it up) and I STILL haven't read The Host yet (shame on me!).
Part of me is intrigued by Eat, Pray, Love and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. There seems to be a lot of mixed reviews about these. Have any of you read these? What do you think???
What are you reading right now? I'd love to hear what's on your bedside table??