We interrupt all things kid to suggest you do something fun for yourself! I’m doing it, and you should, too!
What are we doing? We’re reading a book! One for grown-ups, with no pictures!
Now, I’ll be honest, I read tons. I just happen to be a fast reader, maybe from all those hours as a bookish kid, and it’s one of those things I never gave up, even in the thick of the baby years. Now, don’t feel bad if you haven’t read anything in ages-I gave up a lot of other stuff (like cooking and cleaning).
Anyway, I know that many of you have so many demands that this may seem like an impossibility, but I promise you that this book is an amazing, compelling tale you’ll devour. And, if you’re not already in the habit, it’s wonderful for your children to see their parents reading and enjoying books and the library. When Henry was in his most challenging years, my monthly book club really did save my sanity!
This year’s book is The Boys In the Boat. It’s the amazing, true story of the 1936 University of Washington crew team and their quest for gold at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. It’s a story more dramatic than anything Hollywood could cook up, with gritty, working class young men pulling together against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the coming war.
I read it a while ago in a hospital room (long story), and while I was so grateful to be transported somewhere else while I read it, I’m really excited to get to reread it now. I hope you’ll join me!
Pierce County Reads is one more thing to love about our community, and it’s so much more than just everybody reading the same thing (though just that is pretty cool)! There are also a whole bunch of FREE library events in conjunction with the book. You can learn about rowing, meet the author, and much more! If you have an existing book club, it would be super fun to read this one as a group and go to some events together.
You can get a copy of the book at your library or other fun spots around town. More details and the complete list of all the events are right here. You’ll also find recommendations for related books and DVDs for the whole family, right here.
As I said, I’ll be reading it, and I’d love to hear what you think of it, too. Would you like to get together and talk about it? We could do that! Just let me know if you’d be up for it. It would be sort of like Oprah’s Book Club, on a, “Slightly,” smaller scale.
Disclosure: We are incredibly proud to have a sponsorship relationship with the Pierce County Library system.