Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Summer Reading


On Monday, I went to the library. ::Gasp!:: I only took the four younger ones with me, although now I wish I would have forced the older two to go along. It's really Kathy's fault. And a little bit of Rachael's, too. Kathy had written a post about herself and said one of her favorite authors was Sophie Kinsella. Ooh, I love the Shopaholic series. In fact, the last book I read, er ... two years ago, was a Shopaholic book. After a few email exchanges with Kathy, I decided to pick up the next book in the series that I hadn't read yet (and there's still one more left).

Since Monday, I have been reading. Or trying to read. I have so many distractions if I try to read during the day. I'm continually interrupted. Luckily, the book is an easy read and I can usually find my place right away. These books make me laugh out loud. Seriously. Until I have tears in my eyes. I'm almost half-way through, which is an accomplishment for me. (I bought A Wrinkle in Time while camping and read about half. I don't have much of a desire to finish it. Not my type of book.)

While we were at the library, I found a book on some of Maryland's local ghost stories and legends for sale. I thought it looked like fun, so I picked up a copy. So, Monday night, as it was getting dark, I called the children downstairs. I had the lights turned off and I was armed with Joe's giant Maglite. They sat down on the floor around my feet and I read some ghost stories aloud in my best "ghost stories voice." Taylor and Carter were glued to every word, asking me to continue. Mason and Jack were a little afraid, begging me to stop. Spenser and Sawyer played in the dark, completely oblivious to what was going on. It was a good time, I'm tellin' ya. A good time. It's starting to feel like summer.

14 comments:

Lora said...

Oh Ghost stories!! I'm with mason and jack...stop LOL!! i scare easily! LOL
I have started taking my boys to the library once a week. Nate LOVES to "build" with the puzzles while Jake looks and book and plays the cool learning games on the computer. I enjoy watching them there!!

Karyn said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll have to read the Shopaholic books when I'm done with the series I'm reading now.

Ghost stories in the dark, does it get any better????

nikko said...

I scare easily, too. We need to get ourselves to the library. Maybe today would be good.

You are such a fun mom!

beki said...

I've been in the mood to read a book, I think I'll check out the Shopaholic series. I like easy reads.

laeroport said...

Ooohhh. Ghost stories. Fun fun.

I'm curently reading all the Magic Treehouse books in order. Aidin skips around too much and since Tim and I take turns reading with her at bedtime, I often miss a chapeter or two. Talk about your easy read. :)

Emily said...

it is STARTING to feel like summer and we go back to school tomorrow!!!!! No fair!

Kathy said...

I gladly take credit for getting you to the library! LOL I'm glad you are liking this new Shopoholic. I'm always up for a good laugh!

I think my oldest would love ghost stories. I think I'll have to look into that next time we go to the library.

amandajean said...

love your description of the ghost stories...and what each of the kids were doing at the time. so cute.

African Kelli said...

Man, wasn't it just last week we were all consoling you for not having achieved your summer goals? Lera! You set the bar so high for fun things to do with your kids. What a great creative mind you have!

vintagechica said...

He, he...too funny. Summer ghost stories. I've got to try that one.

TinkerBlue said...

I love the Shopaholic books. Sophie Kinsella also wrote Can you Keep a Secret and The Undomestic Goddess, which are not part of the Shopaholic series, but are very similar and alot of fun.

She also has a new book out The Gatecrasher. Only she wrote this one under the name Madeleine Wickham.

Katie Jean said...

haha ghost stories. I think I'd scare myself.

I love the shopaholic series. I think I've read all of them. Well maybe not the last one. I'll have to check on that.

Kevin & Stephanie said...

If you like the Hopaholoc series...try Jennifer Weiner!!

Kevin & Stephanie said...

Sorry...I meant Shopaholic!!