Gooooood Morning Saloners!! Hope this Sunday finds you all well. Perhaps with a good book? Or do you have something else planned for the day?
I'm guessing it's summertime where you are (unless you're somewhere down south where it's not...). If you have kiddos they're probably out of school and driving you crazy with their boredom. Sound familiar? Huh huh?
Well, meet Nick. Nick is my fifteen year old brother and--as I always tell him--my favorite brother. I've gushed about Nick in the past, but he really is the coolest teenager I know. A little moody at times but I'm so proud to call him my brother. My mom might argue with me on this, but I think I'm Nick's biggest cheerleader.
Buttttttttttt, Nick is a fifteen-year-old reluctant reader. I always die a little inside when someone tells me they don't like to read. Really I shouldn't take it so personally but I do. I'm guessing you're probably the same. So when someone tells me they don't like to read, I immediately get to work on thinking of books that I can recommend to them that will change their minds and turn them onto the world of books.
This is tough with a teenager who is forced to read for school and therefore doesn't see reading as fun but rather as work. I know, I was there. I even felt that way in grad school--when I was getting my degree in literature. There's nothing worse than reading feeling like a chore. But if I could just open his eyes...
This is where you come in!
1. How do you encourage a reluctant reader to read?
2. What books would you recommend to a reluctant teenage male reader?
And I hate to make that gender distinction so please don't bash me about it, but I think it's fair to say Nick probably wouldn't like the Sarah Dessen books I have on my shelf. In fact, much of the YA I read about on the blogosphere seems to be targeted towards girls. And as a starting point, I've thought that The Hunger Games and Chaos Walking trilogies would be great, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, maybe The Book Thief?? Of course the titles don't need to be YA either--I was a big Grisham fan when I was his age--just something engaging and not frustrating.
So help a big sister out? Mom definitely wants Nick reading this summer so I'd love to provide some kickass selections and suggestions to get him reading.
On another note, I want to say thank you thank you thank you to everyone who commented on last week's Fourth Bloggiversary post. Your comments made me laugh and they made me cry. I was embarrassed by your generous words of kindness and sometimes even a big baffled. Words can't express how much your words meant to me.
Only a handful of you entered the giveaway, but the winner....
SHELLEY FROM Book Clutter!! She picked Half of a Yellow Sun.
Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday! What's on your agenda for the day?