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I feel bad, I haven't even been to the library since they totally renovated the building several years ago. I always say I'm going to take the kids but the thought of Tharen in a library sort of scares me. I can't drive anyway so it would have to be a weekend when dh can take us. I wouldn't mind walking there when the weather is nice, but it is several miles and busy roads so I am a bit leery about doing it with the kids. I'll give it some thought though, for when fall finally gets here and it is under 100 each day. My problem with libraries is that I get so attached to books. I want to own them all. I used to get frustrated as a child because I would fall in love with a book only to discover it was out of print and impossible to get. Sure I could keep checking out the library copy, until some one lost or destroyed it, but it isn't the same. My friend lent me the majority of her books and manga when she was getting ready to move (at least partially so she didn't have to move it I am sure). Most of her books are more Teen lit stuff and I am having a hard time even getting interested enough to read them but with the manga I have wound up buying copies of about half of them for myself. I do like being able to read before I buy to know I will really like something but really I have only ever been disappointed enough to sell about 10 mangas, and I own hundreds. It is like reading the scanlations online (which I love to do), I like finding out if I like a story or even a mangaka's style before buying any of it, but unfortunately with many scanlations the mangas are either not available in English or have been out of print for years and are impossible to get. I've discovered several mangaka's that I love this way only to find that I cannot buy any of their work here in the US.

On my goals, since finishing Ai No Kusabi (or at least as much as I could get of it) I decided to take on something a bit lighter. I read 300 pages of Togainu No Chi doujinshi the other night and really enjoyed it. This is my second time through these particular fanfic/scanlations. Then yesterday I read Embracing Love Vol 4 from Youka Nitta. She is one of my favorite mangaka's and Embracing Love was probably my favorite OAV of all time. Unfortunately her work is extremely hard to come by here in the US. Be Beautiful that used to publish her stuff went out of business so all of Casino Lilly and Embracing Love are out of print. Her work is so popular among yaoi fans that they are ridiculously priced on the second hand market. I was lucky to snag this one for cover price at Akon in June. I keep hoping some of the others will turn up for a decent price on Amazon or I will find them at Half Price books. But no luck so far. I just picked up the copy of Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan that my friend lent me. I am 88 pages in now. It is a super easy/light read but sort of cute. Definitely not a great work of literature by any stretch. It's kind of like a romantic comedy, amusing, sweet and may even give you something to think about here and there, but your world isn't a different place for having read it. Still it is a nice change of pace anyway. So far I am at 1401 pages total in 2 weeks of reading.

On goal number 2 we have completed Howliday Inn and The Celery Stalks at midnight and are now 40 pages in to Nighty Nightmare. I do love the Bunnicula series, it is so funny. The boys are loving it. They always beg for "Just one more chapter" at bedtime. When we finish all of the James Howe books we own we will go back to Harry Potter. I would love to get the kids through the entire series before the movie comes out but I don't think we have enough time. We are going to try though. I would like to reread the series before the movie comes out. On Goal 2 we have read 351 pages in 2 weeks.

For goal 3 Kearnan did not read at all out loud yesterday. He had to go get some blood work and a bone age scan done so we wound up skipping reading time. We will give it a try today though.

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Old 07-28-2010, 10:55 PM   #12
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Re: For the Love of Reading Group July 26-August 1

We made another library trip today, even though it was totally unnecessary. Well, I guess it kinda was. We'd read through DD's books several times and needed fresh ones for her and I wanted to turn in what I'd already read and then renew an audiobook I haven't gotten to yet. I was planning the trip for the weekend, but couldn't help myself on that side of town. So anyway, DD has a pile of new, fresh books for us to read and I'm working through my stack. WHY I keep going to the library when I have a small private one in my office is beyond me!

But anyhow! I finished my Bull's Island audiobook tonight and really enjoyed it! It was some nice, light fluff and I mainly listened to it in the car and every now and again during my YMCA workouts. I've been reading a lot of fluff lately and feel a little guilty.

I've also started A Year in the Maine Woods and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. I do have The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on audiobook I've been working on for a while during workouts, but it's not grabbing my attention much. I've heard such great reviews though, so I'm really wanting to buckle down and focus on it.

I'm doing great with my goal of reading with DD every night, but I'm only at 5/6 books read for myself this month. Maybe I can find the extra time in the next couple of days to finish up my audiobook or one of these other two I've started and still make it. If not, I got close.
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Half way through Cemetery Dance and its awesome! I think I'll be neglecting my housework today so I can finish it We're also headed to the library because my kids are in their free summer reading program and they hit their goal of 25 books so they get a prize They'll get some more books for themselves but I have to resist getting more for me since I have a large stack on my counter staring at me
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On goal number 2 we have completed Howliday Inn and The Celery Stalks at midnight and are now 40 pages in to Nighty Nightmare. I do love the Bunnicula series, it is so funny. The boys are loving it. They always beg for "Just one more chapter" at bedtime. When we finish all of the James Howe books we own we will go back to Harry Potter. I would love to get the kids through the entire series before the movie comes out but I don't think we have enough time. We are going to try though. I would like to reread the series before the movie comes out. On Goal 2 we have read 351 pages in 2 weeks.

For goal 3 Kearnan did not read at all out loud yesterday. He had to go get some blood work and a bone age scan done so we wound up skipping reading time. We will give it a try today though.
It sounds like the kids' reading goals are going great! It'll be so neat when my little ones are older and will sit through chapter books.

I hope Kearnan's tests and things come out ok. It sounds stressful and scary. I'm sorry, mama.
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It sounds like the kids' reading goals are going great! It'll be so neat when my little ones are older and will sit through chapter books.

I hope Kearnan's tests and things come out ok. It sounds stressful and scary. I'm sorry, mama.

It is going really well, I am impressed. Kearnan has always loved sitting through chapter books, we've been doing it since he was tiny. He didn't like picture books at all till he got older. He would just yank them away from me, look at the pictures for a minute and toss them away. Tharen is the opposite, he only liked picture books, the shorter the better. He has to be moving all of the time so sitting still for reading is a new thing for him. I neglected reading chapter books with Kearnan for quite a while because I just couldn't find the time with an active toddler. Now Tharen is finally able to sit still at bedtime. So we are buckling down and committing to make the time. I should work on doing some picture books with him too though.

I am hoping things come out well in these tests. We have been watching his growth and doing these same tests every 6 months for the past two years. Last year he made his target of 2 inches of growth but just barely so we continued with the wait and see approach. His endocrenologist is watching him for signs of puberty, if he hasn't grown enough before puberty starts we will have to do HGH shots I think, but if he doesn't meet his growth target or if his bones age too much we are looking at doing the shots anyway. I'm so torn on what to do. I know it is hard on a man to be abnormally short, but I am nervous about the idea of these hormone shots and what they might do to him. At least the bone age scans are painless. He thinks it is so cool because the technician always shows him the x-rays on her computer before printing them. The blood work is a bit stressful but he took it like a champ. I am really proud of him. We should know more on Wednesday when we see the Dr. Hopefully the blood work will be back in time. I will try to remember to up date here to let everyone know what we find out.

I am still taking it easy on my reading, mostly "junk food" reading. I finished Boy Meets Boy last night. It was cute, not exactly a deep read but nice all the same. I like the authors writing style, the descriptions were fun and light and the pace was good. I haven't really picked up anything considered "young adult" or "teen lit" since I was about 10 and discovered Ann Rice with the exception of Harry Potter which I bought to read to Kearnan and Twilight (gave in to peer pressure LOL). As dh says it is good to step out of the box sometimes and try a change of pace. I don't think I'd want to read young adult stuff all of the time but it is kind of nice every once in a while. Today I read some manga I've been putting off for a couple of months. I got through books 1 and 2 of Incubus and most of the way through book 3. I will probably finish it tonight or over my morning coffee. My total page count is now about 1851 not counting the pages in book 3.

On goal two we are most of the way through Nighty Nightmare. I had a hard time putting it down tonight and not just blazing through the last two chapters. I can't help myself, I love these books and I hate to put something down when there is so little left of it. But it was already pretty late and I needed the boys to go to sleep. If we have time tomorrow we will try to finish it so we don't have to wait till next week to do it.

On goal three Kearnan read a beginner reader version of a Biscuit story on Wednesday and today he read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, my personal favorite form Dr. Seuss. That was a lot of fun. He is doing so well now. So he has read 3 books so far this week. Our goal is 5 a week, we may get one more in tomorrow. We just have an orthodontist appt to work around so time is a bit short.
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Well I've been a reading machine lately. My goal was 6 books/month for myself and I just finished my 7th tonight, so I ended up on track. I read Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang yesterday - cute, funny book! It was a fast read and just what I needed. I love Chelsea Handler. And then tonight I finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I did the audiobook version of it and really enjoyed it (except the ending ). It took a while for the story to get interesting to me, but once it did I was hooked. DS and I were also able to discuss it because he watched it in class last year. I love discussing books with him, he's so smart! Also, he's reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies right now for his Pre-AP class starting up in fall, so I think I'm going to read those next before he has to turn them back in. It's been, oh...12 ish years since I've read them. And if he's going to be doing reports and discussions in his class on them, it'd be cool if I was refreshed on them and could discuss them with him.

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It is going really well, I am impressed. Kearnan has always loved sitting through chapter books, we've been doing it since he was tiny. He didn't like picture books at all till he got older. He would just yank them away from me, look at the pictures for a minute and toss them away. Tharen is the opposite, he only liked picture books, the shorter the better. He has to be moving all of the time so sitting still for reading is a new thing for him. I neglected reading chapter books with Kearnan for quite a while because I just couldn't find the time with an active toddler. Now Tharen is finally able to sit still at bedtime. So we are buckling down and committing to make the time. I should work on doing some picture books with him too though.

I am hoping things come out well in these tests. We have been watching his growth and doing these same tests every 6 months for the past two years. Last year he made his target of 2 inches of growth but just barely so we continued with the wait and see approach. His endocrenologist is watching him for signs of puberty, if he hasn't grown enough before puberty starts we will have to do HGH shots I think, but if he doesn't meet his growth target or if his bones age too much we are looking at doing the shots anyway. I'm so torn on what to do. I know it is hard on a man to be abnormally short, but I am nervous about the idea of these hormone shots and what they might do to him. At least the bone age scans are painless. He thinks it is so cool because the technician always shows him the x-rays on her computer before printing them. The blood work is a bit stressful but he took it like a champ. I am really proud of him. We should know more on Wednesday when we see the Dr. Hopefully the blood work will be back in time. I will try to remember to up date here to let everyone know what we find out.

I am still taking it easy on my reading, mostly "junk food" reading. I finished Boy Meets Boy last night. It was cute, not exactly a deep read but nice all the same. I like the authors writing style, the descriptions were fun and light and the pace was good. I haven't really picked up anything considered "young adult" or "teen lit" since I was about 10 and discovered Ann Rice with the exception of Harry Potter which I bought to read to Kearnan and Twilight (gave in to peer pressure LOL). As dh says it is good to step out of the box sometimes and try a change of pace. I don't think I'd want to read young adult stuff all of the time but it is kind of nice every once in a while. Today I read some manga I've been putting off for a couple of months. I got through books 1 and 2 of Incubus and most of the way through book 3. I will probably finish it tonight or over my morning coffee. My total page count is now about 1851 not counting the pages in book 3.

On goal two we are most of the way through Nighty Nightmare. I had a hard time putting it down tonight and not just blazing through the last two chapters. I can't help myself, I love these books and I hate to put something down when there is so little left of it. But it was already pretty late and I needed the boys to go to sleep. If we have time tomorrow we will try to finish it so we don't have to wait till next week to do it.

On goal three Kearnan read a beginner reader version of a Biscuit story on Wednesday and today he read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, my personal favorite form Dr. Seuss. That was a lot of fun. He is doing so well now. So he has read 3 books so far this week. Our goal is 5 a week, we may get one more in tomorrow. We just have an orthodontist appt to work around so time is a bit short.
What a little trooper you have! I'm glad he can get some enjoyment out of it and it's not all poopy.
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Rainfall, To Kill a Mockingbird was such a good book. I look forward to the day when the boys and I can read the same books and discuss them. Some of those classics are so much better when you can share them.

I actually spent a good bit of time reading this weekend, surprising considering how busy we were. We had Kearnan's birthday part on Saturday so there was a lot of baking and planning going on. But I read Friday night and Saturday night instead of getting on the computer so I covered a good bit of ground. I finished Incubus 3 only to discover it was not the last book in the series. I really want to know how it ends but book 4 has not been released in English, that or it doesn't exist at all. I'm on a quest for a possible scanlation. I decided to read Rainbow High, another of the novels my friend loaned me. It is another teen lit but it was well written and I enjoyed it. Now I kind of want to read the other two in the series, Rainbow High is actually the second book, she didn't have Rainbow Boys or Rainbow Road sadly. They can be read on their own, but it would be nice to read more. I am now at 2408 pages total.

On goal three, we didn't have time to read on Friday, too much going on with orthodontist appts and finishing up the weeks home school activities. Tonight we finally finished Nighty Nightmare for a total of 473 pages since starting.

Kearnan also didn't get a chance to read on Friday, other than his sight word cards. Tomorrow we need to try to get to an emergency Orthodontist appt, two of Kearnan's brackets popped off. MIL is going to give us a ride and then I think we are going to stop by the teachers tools shop. But we will still try to find time to read at least one short story. Still aiming for 5 books a week for him.
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