Tuesday, August 5, 2008

good reads

Not so long ago I was introduced to www.goodreads.com by my sister, and it seems that as a result my blogging has suffered even more so than before. I guess I shouldn't complain, because reading is perhaps a better use of my time anyways. In any case, I found myself consumed in keeping track of books that I want to read while trying to rack my brain to remember all of the books that I have read in the past, for my own sake. I even let Derrick and Abbie each create a bookshelf on my blog in order to help them stay motivated to read this summer. Derrick has finished a number of books and always looks forward to adding another one to the shelf. I've been trying to challenge him with his reading material, which is difficult. He will be entering the 2nd grade in a few weeks but is reading more at a 5th or 6th grade level. How do I find books that challenge him without being too old in terms of subject matter?

While I'm on the topic, some have expressed their wonder that my current and future reading material exposes a liberal political leaning that they were unaware of. Rest assured, I'm still a conservative. However, in the interest of wanting to make sure that my opinions of our future presidential choices are not entirely based on what I see on television, I decided to take them to task, in their own words. Therefore, I will be reading both Obama's and McCain's bios in the coming months. I won't be one who didn't put in the effort to see what each stands for, regardless of my pre-established beliefs.

And finally, I finished Breaking Dawn yesterday. My book has already been passed on to another friend who borrowed my copies of New Moon and Eclipse over the last month. I must say that I never really thought she would go in the direction that she did. In the end, though, I must say that I was left satisfied. I know there are those out there who would wish for everything not to have been tied up as neatly as it was, but truthfully I'm not one of them. I enjoy a happy ending, so to speak. And as far as the complaints that the ending was not believable in that it worked out so well for all concerned, let's be honest, we're talking about a teenage vampire romance. Who's really concerned about believability?

Wow, I think that is the longest post I've written in months! I guess I'll be back again in a couple more! Just kidding...at least I hope to be.


Emily said...

Oh Kimmy, now I know why we get along so well. We're both happy ending girls. I was terrified to start reading Breaking Dawn because I was afraid of the ending, but I of course HAD to read it and was quite pleased when I finished it on Monday.

Lindsey said...

I just started Breaking Dawn yesterday...and it's already got me hooked! Can't wait to see what happens. :)

Audrey said...

I joined goodreads several months ago, but I don't do a very good job of adding anything to it. I guess if you enter my email (apetersen23@hotmail.com) you can be my "friend".
Another random question for you--everytime I try to view your blog, it takes my computer forever to load it. Is anyone else having this problem with your blog?