My Little Reader


My daughter is 8 years old. She’s been reading books since she was 4 years old. She devoured the Harry Potter series when she was in 2nd grade. Some of her most frantic moments before heading to school is to make sure she gets whatever book she is currently reading into her backpack before heading out to the bus. Of course there was the time I warned her about Dumbledore but she read that part in school and cried anyway. But we all did.

The girl reads a lot. Books follow her throughout the house. The often make their way to the breakfast/lunch/dinner table where she gets “in trouble” for reading instead of eating. But I’m not too hard on her when this happens and we usually just let her read anyway. Especially, I’ve found no way to actually remove girl from book. I think that is part of one of Newton’s Laws of Physics.

One of the things I like to do during my lunchtime at work is to walk over to the local library and pick up some books for her. One of the recent series I’ve been getting for her is a graphic novel series called Amulet. I’ve not read the series yet, but I love the artwork and have heard good things. All I know is I brought her 3 of the books home last night and she had them done before bedtime.

She and I have our battles, of course. Parents tend to gloss over those moments, but we have them. But, overall, I’m proud to have a little reader and can’t wait to introduce her to so many more books in her lifetime (and her brother too, who is 5 and very much starting to read, thanks in small part to the game Minecraft, but that is a topic for another day).

Old Books Are Great

On the Fourth of July we attended a huge picnic at one of my cousin’s house on a farm. We had a pretty good time, mostly because the skies were overcast but not rainy, making the July weather bearable. My daughter (2 years old) even got to climb in one of those huge inflatable bouncy things and jump around a bit. I went in too, in part to shield her from the bigger jumpy kids. It was a heck of a workout, I’ll tell you that!

Anyhow, to the point of this post. Much of my family was at the picnic, including my uncle. This particular uncle loves to attend auctions and is always buying old tools and Amish made things. He told us he has lately been buying old books and even brought one out to show us.

First of all, just the thought of old books made me happy. Then, the book he had was published in 1917 in Altoona, Pennsylvania and contained tons of information about local history. Most interesting to me was information about the American Indians that lived in this area. I find this stuff fascinating.

It was one of those moments that I wished I were a speed-reader with a photographic memory, so I could capture all that information in my brain. I’m not, so all I did was have my Dad write down the names of the American Indian tribes on a piece of paper for further research.

I wish I got a picture of the book. The one above is from Wikimedia Commons. I think my Dad has the book right now, so maybe I’ll have him take a picture.

So yeah, I like old books. Not much of a surprise, right? I may have to get to some of these auctions, to see if I can score some of these books myself. Just don’t tell my wife, because I’m not sure we have the room for MORE books 🙂

The Internet Is Against Me

Not a lot to talk about today. I’m not sure why. I guess I just don’t feel creative. I do have a thought, one I wrote down yesterday after coming across the thousandth “interesting sounding book I must have” while browsing the internet here it is:

The Internet is an elaborate ruse created by my enemies for the purpose of separating me from my money. The rest of the stuff on the Internet is just part of the cover-up.

Seriously, no matter how many books I have in my “to-read” pile, I always seem to stumble upon another book that I MUST HAVE NOW. Even though, there is no possible way I’ll ever read all of them. Books are my addiction I suppose.

Am I alone in this?

Stuff and Things

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Thanks to everyone who has read the ending to my vampire story. If you have any thoughts on what works/what doesn’t work or anything like that, please let me know. I’m actually going to attempt to sell this one somewhere, so any feedback is appreciated. Also, I’m going to be disabling the posts containing the story at the end of the month, because publications don’t really want stories they buy to be out there on the Internet for free. Thanks to Chris who has already provided me with some really helpful comments.

I’m currently reading the book, The Golden Compass, and I’m really starting to enjoy it. Great characterization in that book so far. The interesting thing is that I’m reading it on my Sony Reader, which makes it the first book I’ve attempted to read from beginning to end on the device. I have to say I’ve noticed no difference in “the experience” of reading on an electronic device rather than a paper book. Once I got used to it, the story drew me in. This would’ve happened on an e-reader, in print, or drawn on a wall in crayon. One day I’ll post some more specifics about reading on the Sony Reader, but for now I will simply say I like it.

Have you all heard of Goodreads? It’s one of those social sites where you can list the books you’ve read, add reviews, etc. There are other such sites out there, but I’m most fond of Goodreads. You can check out my profile on Goodreads here.

A Library in the Stairs

Before I get to the point of this message, just a quick little update. I have completed my Clarity of Night contest entry and sent it off to Jason. The second he posts it on his site, I’ll post it here. I’m happy with my entry and am excited to share it with all of you. I need feedback! I’m so pathetic. 🙂

**Edit** Jason has told me my entry will be posted with the next batch of entries. Soon I hope. 🙂

Now on to today’s post. I saw this on Boing Boing the other day and just had to share. There is an apartment in London with bookcases built into the staircases. Rather than trying to describe it, I figured I’d post a picture. There are more here.

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How sweet is that? I get happy just imagining something like that in my house. We have a walk up attic, and this would be so cool as a staircase to an attic reading room.

I guess the only problem with this would be your books might get a bit dirty or dusty. You’d have to have a no-shoes policy on those stairs, otherwise your books might get a bit messy. Still, it’s just so cool! Maybe not quite as cool as the bookcase/hidden door I’m having installed in my house when I get that big future publishing deal, but almost as cool.