I have to say, I love reading the Book Wars blog. As a father of two still young girls, with their phones and their iPads and their games and their TV shows, it’s always a challenge to find ways to encourage them to read. As a writer and a once and future English major, it’s also a moral imperative to promote reading. And as a literature snob? Well, as they say in Brooklyn, “fuhgeddaboutit.”
The schools try to do their part, but let’s face it, without a parent who values reading, most kids will slide into the easy access world of slip-shod, on-demand entertainment that passes for culture here in the USA.
So I look forward to my daughters’ summer reading assignments the way most kids look forward to Christmas. Three books by August? Oh. Hell no. They’ll read five or six, if I have anything to say about it. But what to read?
That’s where the good ladies at Book Wars come to the rescue. If it were up to me, I’d be assigning Joyce’s Ulysses and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man. Summer reading for a newly-minted 11 year old girl? How about Mrs. Dalloway? Cue the cries of “Oh, Dad! That’s boooorrrring!”
Yeah. What do I know, right? I only have a Master’s in English.
But ok, fine. Maybe my expectations are a little too high. So I turned to Nafiza and the other fine ladies at Book Wars, and they turned me (and my daughters) on to Artemis Fowl, bad boy millionaire genius. And who wouldn’t enjoy that?
So thanks to the Book Warriors for helping me navigate the summer reading assignments without turning my girls against me. If you’re facing the same problem now that summer is in full-swing, I highly recommend checking out Book Wars.