My sons were not into reading for pleasure which was disappointing for me when they were growing up, and even to this day it is more a chore than a pleasure for them. Thankfully, my daughter has decided to become a reader. Unfortunately, she doesn’t believe in going to the library and instead wants to own every book she reads. She wants instant gratification, and has even said to me “Mom, you of all people should understand why I want to read it NOW.” She is right; I do understand and am actually excited by her enthusiasm. Unfortunately, she also wants to share her enthusiasm and insists that I read the books that she is currently reading, and gets quite adamant when I tell her I don’t have enough time.
I gave in over spring break when she was so enthralled with the Twilight series, and I read all 4 books in a week: all 2500+ pages. It took me back to my summer reading frenzy all those years ago. As an adult, however, there has to be balance in my life, and she is disappointed that I won’t read every book that she does. She has nagged me about Evermore, so even though I really need to do my own “adult” reading, I spent today reading her book. Guess what: I only have 2 chapters left to read. She will be so proud of me; guess I was again reading for escape and pleasure, as well as making my soon to be teenage daughter happy!