My oldest son, a life long book naysayer, started reading for fun recently. I can’t put enough emphasis on this. MY TEENAGE SON NOW LIKES TO READ BOOKS. This is so big. I feel like I have been trying to get this kid to read something for more than half his life. I started by buying anything he looked at when Scholastic Books Fairs happened when he was in Elementary school. I bought him magazine subscriptions and comic books hoping he would get the hint. I felt like this kid, any kid who doesn’t enjoy reading really, is missing out.
I picked up a book at Book Expo America this year just for him. I found one about a rapper and to my delight, he agreed to “look at it”. A few weeks into school this year, he said he was going to write a report about it. Yay! He was reading it. A few days after he turned in his report, he asked me for some book recommendation.
I almost died right then, but I also panicked a little. Book recommendations are hard sometimes. Give someone a book they hate and you loose their trust forever. No pressure…
I started to give him a bunch of books and then I stopped myself. I asked him what kind of book he really wanted to read. He told me his specific interest, memoirs, and I gave him a few to choose from. My son is now reading his 3rd book of this school year, and it is not because he has to do a report. He told me the book, the reading itself, was fun.
Can you imagine my joy?
I knew right then that I was feeling something a bunch of bookworms could relate to. So here’s my list of things you and I probably feel the same way about…
That feeling you get when a non-reader becomes a reader.
When your ship is about to kiss for the first time.
When you only have 2 chapters left and you panic because ‘no way!’ everything is getting resolved.
The panic you feel when someone asks you what your favorite book is. (how to choose just one?)
When you meet someone who loves a book you love.
I am sure there are more, but I really just wanted to share how I excited I am for my son.