7/12/13

Reading Ravenously

I want to thank Tara Hudson for turning my daughter into a reader. In early June, Tara came to our local SCBWI group and gave a talk about how she became an author. I bought the first book in her trilogy--Hereafter. Simply put, it's a YA ghost story.
 
 
I came home from the meeting and handed the book to my 12-year old daughter and said, "I thought you might enjoy this." Never expecting her to read it because she has never enjoyed reading the books that I enjoy--the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books leap to mind.
 
She started reading it that night.
 
Within days, we were at the local Barnes & Noble trying to find Arise and Elegy. Only after asking a clerk for help were we able to find both books. (B & N's setup for YA is TOTALLY WHACK-A-DOODLE! Books aren't jus separated as New and old YA, but by subgenre, too. Very difficult to figure out where a book is located!)
 
And then, she went to a couple of camps, and stopped reading Arise.
 
I was slightly miffed, considering the hassle and money I spent on the two books (Elegy is hardbound). And told her three days ago, "No TV. I want you to read for an hour."
 
Two hours later, she was still reading.
 
She went to swim practice for almost two hours, came home, got in her jammies and started reading again.
 
We made her turn out the light at 10 PM.
 
The next morning, she told me she wanted to finish Arise . . . she was up reading until 2 AM.
 
Then she started reading Elegy . . . same thing happened . . . she kept reading and reading, and reading. Last night she was still reading at 10:30 when I went to sleep. She wanted to finish the book.
 
I think I might have created a reading monster.
 
I'm okay with that.
 
But that means I better finish City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, because I have a feeling the book will be swiped from my hands sometime today!
 
There might be another Sam's Club run this weekend to by the other books in the series. Can't beat a price of $ 8.99.
 
Well, I better finish reading because I still have the last 1/4 of the book to read.
 
Later, Peeps! 

4 comments:

Meg said...

Woo Hoo!
You got books that your daughter loves! My daughter is the one who told me to read HP and Hunger Games!

Margaret Golla said...

I'm so glad she found some books she likes. I have a feeling she would like HP if she actually cracked the books open!

Marilyn said...

I've always been a reader and have never understood how a person can exist without books. Glad the kidlet found something she loves and hope she continues.

Margaret Golla said...

I hope so, too, Marilyn!