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Reading Children’s Books

I read mainly fantasy and science fiction novels, but I have another source of books I can read, children’s books.

My daughter has the entire Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter and many Dr. Seuss books. I’m thinking about doing a new kind of review for these. I’ll have my usual reaction to them, but also have the reaction of my daughter. That is, does she want to read it again? Did she enjoy it? Did she try making her own story based on the pictures? I think I’ll write about that.

What do you think? Would you like to see children’s books reviews?

Reading With My Daughter

My daughter loves looking at her books.  They’re mostly picture books, but she does learn a lot of words from them.  She also has an Anpanman book that has an electronic pen that says the word when it touches the picture.  It does this in English and Japanese.  It’s a great learning tool for her, and she loves playing with it.

However, she’s almost 2 1/2 years old, and we have the Complete Peter Rabbit Library that she got as a gift from my family.  I’m going to have to start reading it to her.  It’s a collection of 23 books, so that’s a lot to read to her.  I’m not sure how much I’ll get to read to her in one sitting, as she’ll probably lose interest quickly.  But hopefully, over time, she’ll pay attention more, start understanding the stories, and look forward to being read to.

One thing this’ll have a positive effect on is my reviewing.  I’ll be reviewing each book in the series on here.  They’re pretty short, so I can finish reading them pretty quickly.  I may read ahead, just to see where the story goes, and review.  Reading to my daughter will be much slower.

I hope that my daughter will come to love reading as much as I do.  It’ll enrich her mind and fuel her imagination.

If you’ve read Beatrix Potter’s books, please leave a comment with your impression.  And which book did you like the best?

Reading Challenge Is Not Cooperating

At the beginning of the year, I set a reading challenge on Goodreads of 30 books.  It’s now June, and I have read a grand total of 8 books.  I’m 4 books behind.  Good news is that I’m about to finish one.  Bad news is that the eBook I’m reading is nowhere near finished, and it’s a long one.

Here is my reading list as of now:

  1. The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons (currently reading and almost finished)
  2. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  3. A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
  4. The Seeds of Earth – Michael Cobley
  5. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
  6. 3001: The Final Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  7. Homeland – R. A. Salvatore
  8. Star Trek: Nemesis – J. M. Dillard
  9. Deadhouse Gates – Steven Erikson
  10. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  11. The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton
  12. The Iliad – Homer
  13. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  14. Mercury – Ben Bova
  15. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  16. Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  17. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  18. Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  19. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  20. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  21. Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
  22. Exile – R. A. Salvatore
  23. The Naked God – Peter F. Hamilton
  24. Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks
  25. Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

I have a mix of longer and shorter books in there.  My next book should be a quick read, as Discworld novels usually are.  But then I’m back into a very long book after that.

Here are the eBooks I have to read:

  1. The Sword and the Dragon – M. R. Mathias (currently reading, and taking forever)
  2. The Somali Doctrine – James Grenton
  3. The Circle of Sorcerers – Brian Kittrell
  4. First Contact – Michael R. Hicks
  5. Blood Skies – Steven Montano
  6. The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo
  7. Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
  8. Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
  9. Blood and Steel – Martin Parece
  10. The Seekers of Fire – Lynna Merrill
  11. The Prophecy – Jeffrey M. Poole
  12. Legon Awakening – Nicholas Taylor

According to Goodreads, The Sword and the Dragon is 900 pages long.  No wonder it’s taking so long to read! I don’t spend much time on eBooks at the moment, so it is taking a very long time.   I’m 69% finished.

My daughter received the full collection of Beatrix Potter’s books for Christmas from my family, and that’s 23 books.  I plan on reviewing those when I read them to my daughter.

How’s everyone else doing with their reading challenges?