Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Reading is Fundamental

I have always loved to read. I remember in grade school that there was a program called R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental). After so many books read, we would get a coupon for a free pizza from Pizza Hut. For a family who wasn't able to go out to eat very often, this was a BIG deal. Big. Like huge. I also remember that when I was in 2nd grade, the librarian let me get books off of the 3rd grade shelf because I was such a bookworm. I thought I was big stuff. The 3rd grade shelf held the Boxcar Children series.

So throughout my life, I have continued to enjoy reading. I have always enjoyed fantasy series the most. Though, Ashley Stockingdale definitely ranks up there with my all-time favorites along with Harry Potter and The Inheritance Cycle.

Since I am breastfeeding Chloe, there isn't much that I can do besides look at magazines or read during feeding times. I just finished up the third book in the Inheritance Cycle, Brisingr. This series is the series that starts with the book, Eragon, which was the book that knocked Harry Potter out of the #1 spot on the New York Times best seller list. Eragon also has a movie, but it does not do the book justice...or film justice for that matter. It's a boring, horrible movie and I don't know why I even own it. Plus, the movie changed so many things in order to be short enough, that I'm curious to know how they are going to keep the series going. Maybe that is the reason I can't find anything about a second movie. That and the first was awful.

Through our time together, Russ has not been a reader. There were times that I wondered if he could read...okay, it's not that bad, but I don't think he had actually read an entire book (except for preaching school) the whole time we have been together until recently. A few months ago he picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. And he actually finished it...and he loved it. Since then he has finished the first four books and is now engaged in reading the fifth book. After Chloe goes to bed at night, we stay up late and read together. It's a wonderful thing to find more things that you can have in common with your spouse after being together for 6 years. I hope he keeps up the reading. Reading is a wonderful way to get away from the world and immerse yourself in a fantasy land where there is always a happy ending.


Hollie said...

I LOVE reading too! I didn't realize you liked fantasy. I will have to blog more about what I am reading. I really like the Inheritance Cycle.

Christina said...

I remember that Pizza Hut thing too! My dad use to take me once a month because I always got a star on my little Pizza Hut badge to get a free pizza!

melissa said...

Sounds like Chris and I. I hadn't seen Chris pick up a book, besides the Bible, until he started school. I love reading, I just don't get much of a chance to do it...although I did ignore a lot of household cleaning to push through each book of Twilight in days.