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Monday, January 28, 2013

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: My Wrap-up Post #WintersRespit

This is my Wrap-up Post for A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon!

I had a great week, and I accomplished my reading goals!

I finished:

(Undead, Book #1)
by Kirsty McKay

by Christopher Pike

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
(Harry Potter, Book #1)
by J.K. Rowling 
[read aloud to my kids]
Started but not Finished:

 Three Graves Full
by Jamie Mason

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener
(Agatha Raisin, Book #3)
by M.C. Beaton

(Harry Potter, Book #2)
by J.K. Rowling
[reading aloud to my kids]

(You Wouldn't Want to... series)
by Peter Hicks
[reading aloud to my kids]

by Russell Freedman
[reading aloud to my kids]

by Kathleen Karr
[reading aloud to my kids]

by Dorothy Sterling
[reading aloud to my kids]

by Franklin Escher, Jr.
[reading aloud to my kids]

by Peter Marshall & David Manuel
[reading aloud to my kids]

Here are the final tallies for the week:

Books finished: 3
Total number of pages read: 524 pages
Total number of minutes listened: 10 hrs, 30 secs 

Thanks, again, to the lovely Michelle for hosting!


  1. You did great, Darlene! So glad you were able to join in again. You sure are reading aloud a lot of books to your kids. How do you get them to sit still? If I might ask, what are their age range? If they're close in age to my sons (10 and 11), I'd like to get some pointers from you. My younger son likes to read, but my older one is a pickle. Maybe if I read aloud to them more often, it would help?

    1. Hi, Michelle! My kids are ages 5 and 10. Yes, we do lots of read-alouds! Even when my 10 year old was a toddler, she loved reading books. We would spend each afternoon with piles of picture books. She still loves being read to. Kids don't have to "sit still" to be able to listen, and I don't require that they sit beside me quietly while reading (although my older one does). They are allowed to play quietly using colouring books, puzzles, blocks, Lego, magnet boards, felt boards, you get the idea :)

      I had an amazing moment of realization while reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett when my kids were 3 yrs and 8 yrs. After reading a chapter, my 8 yr old and I were discussing the story and I asked her a comprehension question. My 3 yr old turned around (she had been playing on the floor) and answered the question! I actually had no idea that she was even paying attention, much less being able to comprehend a story that I thought was way above her level of understanding.

      Maybe let your 11 yr old pick a book that he wants you to read aloud? He might become more interested in the story if it's something he's really looking forward to.

      Don't give up, Michelle! I am a huge advocate of reading aloud! Not only is it important for vocabulary development and promoting literacy, but it strengthens the bond between parent and child. Those warm memories that you are giving your children will last a lifetime!

    2. Thanks, Darlene, for the input. I'm going to really put an effort forward. We've discussed it and we're going to start with The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. I read them when I was their age and loved them! (I also received your email...again, thank you!)

      I'm working on drawing the winners for the giveaway. Please let me know if you would like the free ebook copy of John David's short story (info on the read-a-thon prize page). This is separate from the other prizes. He's giving away a free copy to all participants. Email me at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom

    3. I have never read that series, and now you have piqued my interest! I'm adding that to our TBR pile :)

      I hope your boys will love it as much as you do!

  2. Awesome job! Hope you enjoyed them! <3


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