Book Pushers Welcome

I knew I needed to update this blog, but whining about how busy I am, hating homework, how bad my Monday was (and it was REAL bad), or how messy my house is is getting old. So I went in search of some fun holidays or observances to talk about. And boy did I find them.

May is National Salad Month, National Vinegar Month, National Photo Month, Sweet Vidalia Onion Month, Ultra-violet Awareness Month and our least favorite, National Revise Your Work Schedule Month. Anything with the word “revise” in it is simply unwelcome in the company of writers.

The things we observe during this week are even more fun. We have National Family Week, National Hug Holiday Week, National Pet Week, National Postcard Week and the ever fun Intimate Apparel Market Week. It’s no surprise that one is also celebrated in February, August and November. You never can have too much intimate apparel.

We also have National Wildflower Week, Update Your References Week, and National Nurses Week. But the most important thing to celebrate this week, is Reading is Fun Week. Boy is it ever.

I have been reading books non-stop since grade school. Someone gave my sister a set of condensed classics and I tore through them. Little Women, The Wizard of Oz (I still say that man was high when he wrote that), and the one that began my addiction to mysteries, The Hound of the Baskerville. Sherlock Holmes was so cool.

I eventually moved onto every Encyclopedia Brown I could find, took a turn with that Forever book just like every other girl of my generation and then to the Harlequin Young Adult books. But by high school, I found Romances and the rest, as they say, is history.

I’m happy to see my daughter is following in my book marks. Though recently her teacher told her she couldn’t read Harry Potter because it was above her level. Excuse me? That woman must not value her life much. My daughter can read anything she wants to read (within reason) and no one is going to tell her not to strive higher. The nerve. And this is the same woman who told the students they needed to go Monday through Thursday with no screens. No television. No computers. No. Screens. The kicker? Their parents should do this with them. I’m pretty much in agreement with Maggie that the woman is obviously a communist.

Where was I? Oh yes, Reading is Fun Week. When did you start reading? Do you encourage others to read too? Are you a book pusher? (I know lots of those and thanks to them I’m in danger of death by book avalanche!) If you don’t read (and we both know that everyone who stops here does), what in the world are you doing missing these incredible treasures?!

22 thoughts on “Book Pushers Welcome”

  1. MsHellion says:

    I’m a huge book pusher. Until Pam threatened to burn them, and I didn’t push them to her anymore.

    No screens? I would have been devastated by that. *LOL* No Bo and Luke Duke? Probably an attempt to make them do homework instead of video games. Or American Idol. Good luck with that, Ms. Fascist.

    And to play devil’s advocate: is it above her reading level (unlikely) or above her emotional maturity level? You haven’t read the books–so you don’t know how dark they really are and the adult themes they deal with. Your daughter is 8 going on 35–and there is a lot of death in these books. To a degree they’re like Tolkien in that you can read them when you’re a kid and see the story; then read them later when you’re adult and see the themes…but still, they’re dark. A lot of death.

    Is can read whatever she likes, but you better be prepared for a quiz for a set of books you’ve never even read.

  2. MsHellion says:

    P.S. You even said within your post she could read whatever she wanted (within reason)–so I’m assuming erotica romance is off the table as an option, or even a Kathleen Woodweiss–but Harry Potter is more Young Adult than “kid’s books”. They start at age 11…and use every bit of it. The first one is light; but the second one is much darker. The third is happiest, but dark…and the rest just get progressively darker and more adult. JK Rowling even said so.

    They’re like on the level of the YA books by Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing, A Great and Terrible Beauty… The characters are 16 or 17, but the themes are so much darker than you expect. Not that a teenager couldn’t read them–but we’re not talking about a teenager.

  3. J.K. Coi says:

    She “couldn’t” read it? Oh, that would have my hackles up for sure. I hate when teachers say a kid “can’t”. I say if it broadens the mind, and helps a kid learn and grow and develop, then let them. Sure, some of the reading will be beyond them and above their emotional maturity level as well, but so what? That’s what parenting is. Let them do it with supervision and assistance, so that you can help them understand and interpret it the way it should be.

    I started reading Stephen King when I was 11, and I moved on from there so that by the time I was at the age where those reading choices would have been considered more “appropriate” for my age, I’d already been there and done that. And I never regretted a moment of it. Anyway, enough ranting.

    I love the Libba Bray books, those are great ones.

  4. LOL at the post… you are funny.

    I’m a book pusher. I think a lot of my books are great.

    My recent kicks are the Twilight set… I recommend EVERYONE read them, whether or not they like vampires. My God they suck you in…

    Above her reading level? that’s interesting, but if she has questions what’s to stop her from asking you? stupid teacher.

    You know I did the naughtiest books I could get my hands on growing up. I sucked up EVERY Christopher Pike book ever written, then my brother followed suit. After that it was Poppy Z. Brite, and I was sucked into the world of sex… in books! Talk about eye opener. There was couples there was group, there was m/m/f, m/m, f/f… you get the picture…

    Let’s just say by the time I was sixteen I knew the works of Marquis de Sade…

  5. terrio says:

    Hellion – you have a point that I haven’t read these, but she has seen the movies, death and darkness are a part of life so I have no problem with her reading about it and us discussing it, and she’s reading slowly so it will take some time before she gets to the darker one. This is only the first book and I just can’t get over a teacher discouraging a child from striving above their supposed reading level. And I did ask her exactly what the teacher said and she said reading level. I need to have a chat with the teacher.

    J.K. – I’m impressed. I still won’t read King now. LOL! But I started reading regular romance earlier than I probably should have by some people’s standards. I say they’re full of crap.

    Tiff – Do you think those books gave you the perceptions you have now on those topics or do you think the perceptions would be there anyway? I think who we are shapes our reading much more than our reading shapes who we are.

    Not that our reading can’t make us more well rounded and expand our lives but I think you’d be who you are even if you never found those books.

    And I love that everyone admits to being pushers. LOL! At least you’re honest!

  6. J.K. Coi says:

    Terri, are you saying Tiff was a sex-crazed perv even as a kid, or that her reading made her a sex-crazed perv as an adult? LOL

  7. I was born a sex-crazed perv. I come by it naturally. That would explain my fondness for erotic writings over everything else I read. Let me correct you in my aries snobby way—I mean—LITERARY erotic, which you won’t find much of being produced of today… louisa burton is an exception to that rule of course 🙂 So is Eden Bradley… but most erotic writers just don’t do what the classics do. 🙂

  8. terrio says:

    Exactly. And who are you correcting? LOL! You’re the only one who called them Erotica without that little Literary bit added on. *g*

    It goes for what I read as well. I’m not angsty and a hopeless romantic because of the books I read. Those parts of me make me seek out those books. And God willing, someday I’ll write one of those books. LOL!

  9. Sin says:

    I’m a book pusher myself. Especially on my little sister. She is very lazy about going to the library so I’ve personally made it my duty to be her library. Not that that’s hard for me to do. I have a whole room full of boxes dedicated to the scores of books I’ve collected over the years.

    I started reading before I would speak. About three. I’ve always loved books. My granpa used to read to me when I was really little. It always annoyed me to death that I couldn’t read what I wanted to read. By the time I was six, I was at a higher reading level than most third graders. I read 202 books in the first grade. I can remember because for every book report you did, you got something special at the end of the year. And it was like Christmas and they gave me books!

    I read my first romance novel at a pretty early age. But my best friend had sex at the age of 12. I think the first time we got a hold of a romance novel was when we walked into my mother’s room and grabbed one off the bookshelf. What a shocker. I mean, who would want to swoon over a sweaty guy who’s holding you captive on a pirate ship?


    Tiff, I remember Christopher Pike. In fact, I own his Last Vamp series. Okay, correction, my sister has clept it from me and is holding it ransom.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m a book pusher, but in all the best of ways. I love sending out books to people, or making recommendations. I even like being pushed into books. What can I say, I love books! My mom was always proud of the fact that I went to the library for the first time when I was 3. Although, she wasn’t too keen on my reading when I would read EVERYWHERE, in the car, instead of sleeping…She began bribing me to watch TV instead of reading. Something about being worried that I would go blind, I told her if I went blind, then I could read whenever I wanted.


  11. terrio says:

    What a group of over-achievers we have here. I guess I’m the dunce of the group as I didn’t start really reading for myself until 2nd grade. I’ve always been a late bloomer. I’m ok with that.

    As much as I’ve always read, the books still took second place to music. Which means if I hadn’t become addicted to MTV at a young age, I might have read more. LOL!

  12. irisheyes says:

    I know I read a lot I just can’t for the life of me remember! I mean I can pick out a book here and there but I don’t have this backlog of awesome books I remember reading. For instance, I know for a fact Jane Eyre was not the only required reading in HS but it’s the only one I can remember reading! I know I read The Pokey Little Puppy all by myself but I couldn’t tell you whether I was 4 or 10 at the time! I should have kept records!

    I don’t really push that much. I do push books on my sister because she and I share this love of romances, but otherwise I don’t really urge people to read anything I’m reading. When my BF was going through chemo last year I gave her the Virgin River trilogy to take her mind off things and she devoured them. She hadn’t picked up a book in over 25 years and now I’m slowly trickling the cream of the crop her way.

  13. terrio says:

    Irish – I believe that makes you a supplier more than a pusher. And I didn’t keep records either. I couldn’t tell you how many books I’ve read in the last six months any more than I could tell you how many I read in the last 15 years.

    But I do remember most of the classics I had to read for school. Not that I read them but the ones I was supposed to read.

  14. Janga says:

    Sigh! These conversations are always so depressing to a professional book pusher who has been assigning books to be read for all of my adult life. If it weren’t for the occasional encounter with a former student who speals fondly of some of those readings, I would feel like a failure. 😉 I also push books frequently on various online venues. Part of the fun of reading is sharing my enthusiasm for particular books and authors with others. Irish is a great audience for book pushing. 🙂

    The seven-year-old grand asked for Harry Potter books for Christmas. It took him a while, but he did finish book one. Then one of the older kids in his neighborhood told him that Dobby died in the last book, and C.J. was so upset that he decided not to read any other HP books yet. But he is pleased with himself for having finished the first book. I think it made him a more skilled reader and a more adventurous ones, and I am in favor of both qualities.

    You know your child better than her teacher does. My advice is to let her try the books. You should read them too, so she can talk to you about them. See–we’re back to book pushing.

  15. terrio says:

    Janga – if it will make you feel better I’ll tell you I read every book ever assigned. And say it with a straight face. Actually, I read *most* of what was assigned. I just didn’t always understand it. I should probably try them now. I’d get much more out of them.

    Good for C.J. Those books are not small and getting through one is an accomplishment. I think Isabelle is now afraid for her teacher to see her with the book. Yeah, we’ll be having a chat.

  16. irisheyes says:

    Janga – don’t you go feeling bad thinking the selections you’ve made for your students may not have made an impression. I’m betting more often than not they did! I consider myself one of your unofficial students and you’ve definitely made an impression on me! I made a comment over at the Vagabonds today stating my reading world exploded due to the contacts I’ve made on the internet. You’re top on that list!

    There is such a charge when you recommend a book you really loved to someone and they have the same reaction. I remember discussing Virgin River with that friend who hadn’t picked up a book since HS. Watching her eyes light up talking about what she read was an awesome feeling.

    The really cool thing is that I’m starting to get that with my daughter. I’ve been having issues with her for the past 6 months. She has more of her father’s personality and tastes than mine and lately she’s been growing, spreading her wings and pushing her mommy away!:( But reading is one area where we can connect. She loves books and loves to talk to me about them all the time. It makes my heart sing to know that in this one aspect of our lives I think we are always going to have a connection! I can’t wait until she’s a little older and I can introduce her to my favorite romances.

  17. irisheyes says:

    Oh, and Ter, I didn’t keep the list when I was younger, but started one when I re-discovered romances. I’m up to over 500 books so far.

  18. terrio says:

    Irish – is that 500 books in just a couple of years? Good for you. I really couldn’t guess how many I’ve read in the last 20 years or so. I do know I’ve slowed down a great deal in the last two years. Ironically, that’s the amount of time since I started really playing in the romance community on the net.

  19. irisheyes says:

    I think I started reading again about 5-6 years ago. So it’s not really that many. Maybe about 100/year. If I didn’t have these pesky kids and husband on me all the time I’d get a lot more reading done!!!

  20. terrio says:

    Irish – you comment made me realize reading books is the only thing I’ve never stopped doing no matter where I lived or what was going on in my life. Other than music, of course. But that’s always around.

    I doubt I’ve even gotten close to 100 books in a year. I’ve just never been a quick reader. I may have gotten close at times. I never skim and can’t stand not to read every word. Something about having a personality where you’re always afraid you’re going to miss something.

    About those pesky kids and husband, just think of how much reading you’ll get done when they are all out of the house. Well, you might want to keep the hubby. That’s really up to you.

  21. LOL, Terri. I should probably call the teacher the Taliban instead—they don’t like much of anything cultural. In my job in the library, I post odd days daily. May 8 was No Socks Day, for example. The kids always get a kick out of the little signs, but when it was Chocolate Doughnut Day and I didn’t have any, they were ticked off. And of course in my job I make kids leave the library with at least one book. *g*

  22. terrio says:

    Every school library should have their own Maggie. LOL! And I’m pretty sure you’re what we’d call a regulated distributor.

    I love to look up goofy holidays. They used to be great for a fun topic when I was on the air. And we all love the ultimate celebration, Talk Like A Pirate Day 😉

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