Monday, September 27, 2010

More than just words on a page...

I read a book! To many this statement probably seems dull and not very thought provoking. To me it is monumental. I don't enjoy reading; at least I don't think I do? I much prefer a glossy magazine with pictures and short descriptions. This is obvious from the cluttered stack of magazines next to my side of the bed that drives Jake CRAZY! But I love them and hate to throw them away. I mean really; you never know when you are going to need to re-read the article on how to effectively remove those stubborn stains using regular household products that you already own. Or how else would I have learned that you can use the plastic coated tip of a bobby pin as a device to push back your cuticles while giving yourself an at-home pedicure? This is good stuff! Jake however disagrees.

As for the book element of this post, my husband loves to read! If you know him, this little fact is not a secret. In fact, for his birthday this year I bought him a Kindle. He's a fairly traditional guy so I was worried that the use of an electronic device to read when compared to actually holding the book and flipping pages might leave him missing the real thing. Thank goodness I went with my gut because he LOVES it! His birthday was August 8. It is now September 27 and he has read 37 books already! I think I got my monies worth on that. Even better, all of those books with the exception of three were free downloads. Not only did we save on buying books, we saved on late fees to the Library because while Jake does read quickly, I can never get them back to the Library by the due date.

Jake grew up always reading books; a fabulous passion to have and one we hope to pass to Clayton. However I know it has always bothered Jake just a little that I do not enjoy reading. So I decided that I was going to give reading more than just Cooking Light magazine some effort but I knew I was going to need some incentive and I quickly found one. As luck would have it, I joined the Chico Mothers Club after Clayton was born on the recommendation of a friend to take advantage of the message board the group maintained. As luck would have it, they also have a book club that meets once a month. While I really did not want to add one more thing to my already jam-packed schedule, I knew this one hour each month could be just what I was looking for to encourage me to start and finish a book. And it worked!!

The current book, The Next Thing on My List, by Jill Smolinski was selected and the choice communicated to the group via email. I ran out and bought it because I knew I only had a month to read it. You are probably thinking, "Good grief; a month; that's an eternity." But for me - a high gloss mag reader - I knew I would need every minute.

Shockingly I was wrong. I finished it last night; 10 days before the Book Group meets. Yeah for me!! However now I have to wait for the next book to be selected. Oh well, I got a whole pile of glossy magazines just waiting for me to flip their pages. Thanks for reading about my corny saga. ~mrs. c

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