What to read when your daughter is on vacation—June 1, 2012
Top of my list is the 50 Shades of Gray series by E.L. James. Yes, I like to know what all the hub-bub is about and see if it really is not-so-fantastic writing, but scintillating love scenes as my friends have suggested. I somehow doubt they can top my love of the Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice, originally published under the name A. N. Roquelaure. Rice originally published her trilogy under the pen name because of the erotic nature of the stories and her hesitation as to how they would be received by her fans. And no, there are no vampires in the series.
Next on my list is Eat Naked: unprocessed, unpolluted and undressed eating for a healthier, sexier you by Margaret Floyd. Having once started, and yet to finish The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, I thought I would try some new foods this summer, without the help of my picky eating companion. The book still sits on my end table, and I promise to return it when this article prints so you may also try it. I love the idea of eating what nature intended and of reducing the amount of chemicals and unnatural, processed products we put in our bodies. Of course, to complete a life-changing diet transformation, I might also need more than three weeks without a picky eater by my side.
So all this deciding what to read leaves me with precious little time to actually meet my goal. Instead I find myself rereading an old copy of Dean Koontz’s Fear Nothing that I picked up at last year’s Friend’s of HPL Book Sale. Why not, it’s an old friend and fun paperback to toss in my bag wherever I go this month. In just a few short weeks, I can get back to the real reading in my life: reading with my daughter. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the fourth installment of the Magic Treehouse series or hear my daughter continue her reading skills with Green Eggs & Ham and other Dr. Seuss favorites. Before I know it, she’ll be reading on her own, and I’ll be back to trying to finish my own to-do list. So, parents, enjoy the special moments of reading with your child this summer and every day. Their reading list is often so much more fun and the books are shorter!