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If you read it, we’ll buy it

Kassie's Christmas list included books, throwing knives, lock-picks, and night-vision goggles. She makes an excellent babysitter.That’s the rule in our house. We turn our noses up and drive our children crazy with our generous use of the word, NO—but not when it comes to books. If they keep reading them, we’ll keeping forking over the dough.

(And of course it’s always open season at the public library).

The peculiar thing is, we bought Kassie a Kindle for Christmas, which she loves, but she hasn’t lost her obsession with real, honest-to-goodness, turn-the-freaking-page kind of books. Her favorite is the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. The hardbacks occupy a shrine-like shelf in her bedroom—which generally looks like it’s been ravaged by a supercell tornado, but if one of her books is out of place—she knows. It’s uncanny.

Here’s a quick review of what our kids are reading at the moment:

Haley (17): Fade by Lisa McMann. Haley is a voracious consumer of Ellen Hopkins.

Taylor (15): Life by Keith Richards. Some parents hope their children become doctors and lawyers. I’m hoping T makes it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Karissa (14): My Losing Season by Pat Conroy. Rissa normally reads Sara Dessen and Stephenie Meyer, but she’s a basketball girl, so Conroy’s classic hit a nerve.

Madi (13): Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer. Madi has literally (and literarily) grown up on this series.

Kassie (12): Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast—printed matter between hardcovers.

Lucas (11): I honestly don’t know, but it’s by Ric Riordan, and he’s finished it and chompin’ at the bit to go to the bookstore tomorrow to re-up the next in the series.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, we have SIX children. Leesha and I have a blended family, ala the Brady Bunch. We were married on 8/8/08. I only mention that because I just saw that Neil Gaiman was married on 1/1/11. And Leesha once helped delivered a baby on 7/7/07…aptly named: Sevyn.

In other news, I’m in Seattle at the moment—heading back in the AM. I had to make the quick trip over for my first board meeting at the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

I’ve had such good fortune in the book-world that I constantly feel as though I’m in karmic receivership. The only way to balance the ledger is to give back.

And buy a lot of books.

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Reader Comments (7)

That is so awesome, Jamie. I really wish my boys were voracious readers. They do like to read, but not as much as their dad did growing up. I'm thinking that I need to take a trip to the book store however, since we haven't been in a while. Oh, and nice picture. You have an adorable daughter. Be careful on your way home and congrats on all the great things you're doing.
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stallsworth
Taylor is the one we struggle with. He'd rather practice his guitar than read any day, but a steady supply of non-fiction, guitar-related books seems to work.
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
My parents had the same policy for me growing up. Games, toys, videos, etc. had to be earned with good grades, but books? The sky was the limit. And just look at me now! Lol. Watch out, your kids might turn into aspiring writers too...
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristan
Claire is ready a Rick Riordan book right now as well. Must be some interesting stories in the Keith Richards book...
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
Keith Richards is tame compared to the biography of Slash...
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
You should post more about how your family came to be. Blended families are interesting. As long as the story's not too personal. :)
January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous
Thanks Anon - I will, soon...
January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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