I haven’t done a non-Musing Mondays musing in a while now, and I figured that this would be a good topic to write about to get me back in the practice of doing so.
First off, I love my parents. I know that doesn’t really need to be said, but given the topic I’m going to delve into (and the title of this post), I figured I should.
So far this year, I have read 28 new-to-me books and 1 reread for a total of 29. (Can I stop for a moment to stare at those numbers and say ‘wow?’ I seriously don’t mean to brag here, but, wow.)
My parents, on the other hand, have collectively read… none. Which is disappointing, yes, but not surprising.
My mom hasn’t read a single book that is not a cookbook, as far as I am aware, since I was little and she would read to me. I even asked her earlier if she would like me to recommend a book for her to read, but she said (and this is pretty much a direct quote), “not unless it’s like Katie, Kit and Cousin Tom.” My reaction: *headdesk*
My dad only started getting back into reading about ten years ago (I know this because I gave him the first five Harry Potter books to read, though I don’t think he ever finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and he certainly never read the last two). He usually only reads before going to bed, and not every night. Some of the books he picks up himself, usually really cheap ones that he doesn’t mind just getting rid of afterward (as in, throw out – THE HORROR!), but mostly he accepts book recommendations from me. Which is awesome, because I get to give him books that I love and hope he either gets something out of them the way I did, or understands me and/or why I love reading a bit more. The book he is currently reading is actually one I gave him way back in the beginning of January, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I have since given him two more to read (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling) even though he didn’t ask for more, and I am already thinking of others* I can give him even though he probably won’t finish those three until the end of the summer.
So, now that you know my parents’ reading habits, I’m sure you can understand why I wish they would read more. But, more than that, I wish they would get excited for books – in any capacity! They don’t understand how I get about books, the way I devour them, think about them even after I finish them, hug them when they make me squeal (or pages and pages after it made me squeal) and sometimes simply stare at the gorgeous covers, why I have such a difficult time deciding what book I want to read next, how I can spend so long in bookstores or at book sales when they’re ready to leave so soon after getting there, why I have such a difficult time waiting for new installments of my favorite series, etc.
I am going to keep on trying, though! Right now my plans include continuing to build up my dad’s to read pile by his bed, and try and convince my mom to read at least one book this year. The book I have picked out for my mom is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, but that might change if I think there’s something else she would enjoy more. It’s incredibly daunting thinking about, actually, since she never really enjoyed reading even as a child, and I do want to get this right.
Wish me luck, I have a feeling I’m going to need it getting even one of my parents to enjoy reading more!
*SIDE NOTE: Even before I finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I have been on the lookout for an old, beat-up paperback copy of it for my dad so he can bend the cover back, etc. like he loves to do, but I forbid him from doing with my books. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across one at any book sales yet and I don’t feel like buying a used copy online for $5+ that my dad will probably prefer to throw out instead of donate or sell. If you have, or know anyone who has, a beat-up, falling apart, paperback copy of The Book Thief and are thinking of getting rid of it and/or upgrading to a new copy that you/they don’t mind sending to New Jersey (I am happy to pay for shipping and a little extra to put toward your next book purchase!), please let me know, as I would love to have it.
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