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Breaking the Block: The Reader’s Block

I’m going to start using the Daily Post prompts to help me write every day. Just so I can start getting back to blogging regularly. The Daily Post for today was about Reader’s Block.

I think the longest I ever went without reading a book that was for fun (I’m always reading after all, such is the life of a college student) was three months. Sometimes I get so caught up in school stuff and reading textbooks or children’s picture books for class that I don’t want to read, that I forget reading is for fun too.

Whenever this happens I get antsy. I’m an avid reader after all. I spent a whole summer in elementary school where I only left my room to eat and go to the library to get more books. I must have read over 75 books that summer!

However, I wouldn’t say there’s one particular book that gets me reading again when this happens. I’m always itching to read, but when I find myself stuck reading only things I HAVE to read as opposed to reading for pleasure, I always go back to my favorite series.

See, my theory is that I stop reading because of my excuse that I don’t have time to read with everything going on in life, but that simply isn’t true. I start to read one of my favorite childhood series such as Harry Potter or Anne of Green Gables I don’t have the pressure of having to focus so much on the plot because I already know it and I have that safety blanket that if I can’t finish the book I won’t be upset because I’ve already finished it before. But what starts to happen is I realize there is always some time to read for fun. There is always a need for some me time. And I start to see new books I want to read.

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That’s how I break the block. Easing myself into reading new things by starting with some old favorites.

If one cannot read a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

 

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Book Nook: Skippyjon Jones and Khaled Hosseini

I’ve decided to add a category to my blog about books. I am a huge book worm and quite obsessive about them.

Lately I have taken to reading a lot of children’s literature for my reading class at FIU, but I have completely fallen in love with them. Adult books just don’t really do it for me like kids books do. Especially the Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner. They are officially my new favorite kids picture books.

The Skippyjon Jones books are about a little Siamese cat whose ears are too big and who head is too big so he likes to imagine he is a chihuahua to the dismay of his mother and the bewilderment of his sisters. He gets into all sorts of crazy adventures with his friends in his closet to Mexico Los Chimichangos, a wild band of colorful chihuahuas.

The stories are all “roll on the floor laughing” hilarious, the pictures are beautiful, and they have these great little songs and rhymes. In conclusion, the best Read Aloud books I have ever read in my entire life and my only regret is that they weren’t around when I was little so I have top use the guise of buying them for my future classes or nieces and cousins when we all know I’m  buying them for myself!

Although, kids literature is amazing, I do realize that I am an adult so I have to read some adult literature too. A couple years ago I read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was an absolutely amazing read and really opened my eyes to how different life is outside the United States.

The Kite Runner is about two boy characters and their relationship, but Hosseini has another book with two girl characters that I have begun to read. I thought that it would help me get a view of what my life could have been like if I didn’t grow up here in America. Once again, Hosseini hit a homer.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is absolutely incredible, illuminating, touching, and surprisingly it feels like a girl wrote it, not a male guessing at how women feel. It intertwines the stories of two girls who grow up in Afghanistan and the troubles and adversity they face and how too completely different lives can go through such similar things.

 

Skippyjon Jones books

Skippyjon Jones
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice
Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Skippyjon Jones, Cirque de Ole

Books by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns
And the Mountains Echoed (5/21/13)

Have you read any of these books? Which ones? And what did you think about them?