Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Summer Reading with the Rockets

The readers in my house are a mixed bag. Rocketgirl (13) is voracious in her reading. She is getting ready to go into 9th grade, and the promise of high school on the horizon has her screeching with glee about cute boys and theater (she'll have to wait 'til next year to do journalism). She's going into Pre-AP English, and she's decided instead of reading the two required books from the summer reading list, she'll read at least eight. Maybe more.

So far she's gulped down The Juvie Three, by Gordon Korman; King of the Screwups, by K.L. Going; and she's working on Audrey, Wait!, by Robin Benway. She also has War Child: A Child Soldier's Story, by Emmanuel Jal, out from the library.

Rocketboy (12) is also pretty voracious, but he's quite a bit pickier. He's consistently asking to read my graphic novels when I bring them home from the 'brary, and most of the time there are too many curse words or too many cartoon boobies for him to safely read. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling sorry for him when I visited the library, so I picked up a copy of Electric Girl (#01) by Michael Brennan. He zipped through it in two days and is thirsty for more. Luckily, our library does have the second installment. He also has a summer reading list, and he only has to read one book. He took four out from the library, and he's reading The Game of Sunken Places, by M.T. Anderson. The only Anderson I've read was Feed, which I loved, though I think that one would be too old for him at this point. I'm excited to pick up The Game of Sunken Places myself.

Finally, Chuck's reading has slowed down lately thanks to his college courses, working from home, and playing Mr. Mom to Greyson. He's been reading Photoshop and other designer magazines mostly, but he picked up a copy of Warren Buffet's biography, The Snowball, at B&N on Saturday. I don't think he's started it yet since we're both exhausted by the time we tip over into bed. Could be wrong, though, since I'm usually asleep by the time he gets done with his nightowl working and wanders downstairs.

And if you're wondering why there's a pic of The Hunger Games up top, it's because we've started a new family project. Rocketboy often had to do "fluency" logs for school: reading out loud to increase reading speed and comprehension. We don't want him to lose his skills over the summer, and we're trying to work in more fun family projects, so we've started having reading nights each week. Thursday and Sunday nights, we spend about an hour taking turns reading aloud. We've only had one reading night so far, but we all seemed to really enjoy it, and we barreled through about 30 pages of The Hunger Games. Neither of the kids wanted to stop, and they're itching to learn more about Katniss's predicament.

So that's the state of things in my house! Do you or your kiddos have any summer reading plans?


  1. No kids here, but I'm trying to get my 7 month old niece into books already! So far she's got a little plastic one and a Peter Rabbit cloth book :)

  2. Good for you, Nikki! I'm alreay amassing a library for my 6-week old. And I find it terribly ironic that the first place the "cried me out" of was the library. Screamed bloody murder. In his defense, it was bottle time.

  3. What a great idea, Andi! I hope the reading project continues to go well.

  4. Love the idea of the family reading nights! Although The Hunger Games is a mighty suspenseful book - I think if my parents had done this when I was small, I would have crept into the room in the night and read The Hunger Games secretly in its entirety. :)

  5. My son and I read together every night as he is a beginning reader :) He loves any book with superhereos in it which makes it easy to pick out books for him at the library. I've been working on getting him to branch out a bit though so we just checked out one of the Horrible Harry books. I hope he likes it! Anyways, glad to see that yours all enjoy reading :)

  6. Kiddo isn't reading as much as usual, since lifeguarding tends to wear him out thoroughly, but he is a book gobbler. I am so proud. My eldest is weird-picky and fancies himself an intellectual. I'll refrain from commenting on that nonsense. :)

    Your family sounds awesome, Andiloo.

  7. Thanks, Wendy! We haven't been able to do it this past week as we'd expected with school ending for the kids, but we're back on track asap.

    Jenny, thanks! It's got the kids (and Chuck) on the edge of their seats so far. I've read it already, so they're peppering me with questions about it but I haven't given in yet. I'm surprised Rocketgirl hasn't snatched it in the night to read. Or maybe she has...

    Samantha, good luck branching out! I hope you have fantastic luck with horrible Harry. :)

    LOL, Nancy! You made me giggle with your comment about the eldest. Congrats again to the kiddo on graduation. And I bet lifeguarding does wear one out.

  8. THAT is seriously awesome. When my kids get a little older, and can follow a story better, I am totally going to institute reading nights! I love it! And I love that you started with The Hunger Games! I hope you let us know what they thought of it!

    Give Baby Greyson a smooch for me!

  9. What a great project with the kids! Hope you all enjoy Hunger Games. I loved that one. I thought the sequel was good too although I liked the first one best. Can't wait to see what happens next of course!


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