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Key to Success….

Yesterday, I was listening to the radio in my car while I was driving to work when I heard something interesting. They said that reading is the key to success for your kids……more so than sports, cooking, sowing, or any other extracurricular activity.

How do you get your kids to read with all this technology that’s we’ve got? We have TVs, iPods, computers, video games, smart phones, etc. and they’re advancing the more time that goes by. So, how do you get your kids to read with so many distractions?

  • Turn off the technology and make it a point to read to your child. You can agree to read a chapter each evening before the kiddos go off to bed or agree to read for X amount of minutes before bedtime. You can read to your child or your child can read to you, depending on how old your child is.
  • If your child is old enough that they can read to you, they can read to you while you are in the kitchen making dinner. They can sit at the kitchen table (or some other place that’s not directly in your way) while you’re cooking and read their favorite books to you.
  • They can read to you in the car (if they are susceptible to getting car sick) while you’re driving them to school, taking them to soccer practice or going to a birthday party. Anytime you get in the car, your child can read to you.
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Love song from a movie….

The greatest love song from a movie (a movie that is based on a book) is the song “Storybook Love” by Mark Knopfler from the Princess Bride. The Princess Bride is a classic (in my opinion) that’s developed quite the following since it came out in 1987. There’s adventure and romance but there’s also plenty to laugh at.

Which song do you think deserves the title?

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TBR Jar

I’ve thought about creating a TBR Jar (also known as To Be Read Jar). It’s basically a jar with a list of books in it that I’d like to read but I haven’t got around to reading yet. I decided to make my own (seen below) to help with it. The “jar” is a plastic coin bank that I’ve repurposed to be my “TBR Jar”. I wrote down each of the books (all the physical books and all the e-books) that I have on little slips of paper and threw them into my jar.

So, after shaking and stirring up all the pieces of paper, I finally pulled a piece of paper out of the jar. The book that I picked and am going to be reading next is……….

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“Covet” by Tracy Wolff

{Note: Please be warned that this article may contain spoilers if you’ve not read this book yet.}

I finished reading this today. Grace is just trying to take it one day at a time but the hits keep coming. There is a lot going on in this novel but I’m not going to reveal everything because I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone reading it (or anyone who wants to read it). Grace is having mixed feelings dealing with the whole Jaxon and Hudson thing. She’s trying to hang on to Jaxon but there’s a part of her that’s pulling her towards Hudson. You’ll just have to read this to get the answers.

I just need to get the final book in this series in order to see how all the loose ends tie up (the final book will come out on September 28th of this year, I believe).

Synopsis: I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

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Reduce Distractions

What do you do to reduce distractions so you can read?

I’ll read at home where I can control my surroundings a lot more than somewhere out in public. I can turn the tv off (or anything else that is making noise). If I can’t turn the noise off, I can at least move to another room and even shut the door if I have to. Plus, I normally feel a lot more comfortable at home than I do out in public.

You’re probably wondering what to do if you’re out in public somewhere? First, I’ll sit somewhere away from others. Second, you can put some noise canceling headphones on. Some people might consider this rude but other people might think it’s rude to interrupt while they’re in the middle of a good book (especially if they’ve come to a really interesting part). It all depends on your perspective. If you can handle the noise, you can also listen to some music through some headphones or earbuds (from your phone or from a MP3 player). Some people can have classical music playing in the background because there’s no words to it so it’s not much of a distraction to them.

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Annoying…?

Is there anything that an author has done that has annoyed you? If so, what is it?

Too much information will make me not finish a book. If the story gets bogged down with too much information, I’ll quickly put the book down and find something else to read. I’ve done that a couple of time in the last year or so where I quit reading something for this very reason.

Also, I don’t like it when the ending to a book doesn’t make any sense. If an author does that, I won’t read any of their literature ever again. There’s nothing I hate worse than a terrible ending when you’ve spent all that time reading the book.

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Teachers encouraging you to read….?

Have you ever had any teacher, regardless if it’s a current teacher or a past teacher, that has encouraged you to read? Were you happy or unhappy when a teacher encouraged you to read? Did the teacher ever force you to read certain things or were you allowed to choose your own reading material?

There was this one time in 4th grade, we got to have a party at school one day (it was something we had to really work for). We got to bring our sleeping bags to school and lay around on our sleeping bags while we read. At one point the teacher read to us while we were laying on our sleeping bags. It was a fun day.

There are other times throughout grade school (kindergarten through 4th grade for me) where the teacher would read to us or the teacher would allow us to read in class during certain times of the day. I remember later on, the teachers would be okay with you reading during class on test day. If you finished taking your test before the end of class and before your classmates were finished then the teacher would generally be okay with you reading quietly to yourself. Reading was a quiet task that didn’t disturb your classmates while they were finishing up their test (as long as you weren’t reading the book out loud). The teachers I had didn’t seem to mind anyway.

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Book snobbery?

How do you feel about book snobbery?

A book snob is known as a person who scoffs at mainstream or popular titles. Or they’re someone who trashes books they think aren’t “literary” enough.

I’m someone who reads because I find the book entertaining (and also because I find reading to be relaxing). If you don’t like what someone reads that’s fine. Nobody is going to make you read that book if you don’t want to. I won’t force what I like on someone else. I’ll make recommendations if someone asks me for a suggestion…..but I won’t force it down someone else’s throat. My point is to read what you want to read. If someone else doesn’t like it then let them not like it. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or you like a specific manga/anime or you like Stephen King, then read on!

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Benefits of Reading

What do you believe are the benefits of reading? Let’s go through these together and see if any of them apply to you or not……

  • Stress reliever: A lot of people finds reading to be a task that is relaxing and helps them to unwind at the end of the day, especially if you are just reading for fun.
  • Make friends: I have a few t-shirts that I wear…….some are based on the Harry Potter series, some have some of my favorite horror characters on them, etc. Sometimes these shirts have helped me to strike up a conversation with other people who happen to like those same things.
  • Sharper: Reading has been shown in some studies to help make you sharper or help keep you sharp mentally. There’s a chance that you can learn new vocabulary, even if you are just reading for fun.
  • Empathy: Reading has show that you can learn to empathize with others. You spend so much time reading about a certain character that you empathize with this person, which heightens your ability to empathize with people you meet.
  • Sleep: Reading before bed time can help you go sleep. Staring at screens, like your phones and computers, can actually help trick your brain into thinking it’s still day time. So, I think it’s preferable to read the actual books as opposed to reading on a tablet/e-reader though.
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Which spell…..?

Out of all the spells from the wizarding world of Harry Potter would you most like to have in the real world and why?

I know there are plenty of spells out there that one could use to make your life a whole lot easier or simpler but I’d have to go with a Patronus charm. I’m sure coming in contact with a Dementor would make one miserable. So, I’d want to make sure I could defend myself if I came across one for some reason. Plus, you can use your corporal Patronus for communicating with others.