Sunday, August 21, 2011
About two months back I sought your book suggestions for a fifteen year old reluctant reader. You guys gave me such fantastic feedback and I was thrilled when my brother Nick was assigned Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer for his high school summer reading. I quickly got onto my library website and placed a hold on the audiobook version and began listening around the same time that Nick began reading.
At first he didn't think it was fair that I was listening and he was reading, but I think he soon forgot that fact when we started texting back and forth about the contents of the book. I became quickly absorbed in the book--perhaps even borderline obsessed with the story--and I asked Nick to watch the movie with me when we both finished the book. The movie was pretty lame, but the reading experience with my brother?
Well, here's a blip of our text conversation:
Melts my heart. 15 year old text-speak and all.
Since he finished Into the Wild, we (mom, sister, and I) have been trying to get Nick to pick up The Hunger Games. Not much luck yet and with him starting school on tomorrow I think the "pleasure reading" window has closed for now. But. It was awesome reading Into the Wild with Nick and I'm certain that my listening along made for a more positive experience for him. So much so that he thought to give me Into Thin Air by Krakauer for my birthday!
Do you have a story of encouraging someone to read? I'd love if you shared in the comments!
Looking Back to Last Week
***I became a Thirty-Something! Thanks for the birthday wishes--I'm encouraged that many of you find the years get better as you get older.
***I finally posted about our trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...in 2010. Lots of pictures.
Looking Forward to Next Week
I now have 15 drafts in my blogger folder. Some are just lists, some are uploaded pictures with no writing, and I even have some half written reviews. I'd love to get some of these posts published, but seems every time I set out to blog I get deterred. Elle turns 4 months on Thursday so I hope to at least get that post completed. Maybe even thoughts on Into the Wild, which I seriously loved.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
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