My family loves reading challenges. Last year, I did a reading challenge at goodreads.com. I committed to reading 100 books, and finished my goal. My kids love working on the reading challenges hosted by our public library. The library gave them goodies after they had completed the challenge.
Last year, Katie completed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program for Grades K-3. She got a certificate of completion from Mensa and a nice t-shirt. Right now, both of my kids are working on the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program for Grades 4-6.
When Katie was working on her K-3 reading challenge, I noticed that there were lots of good books that I hadn’t read before. Having grown up in Philippines, these books were not familiar to me. Out of the over 60 books that she read, I only disliked two of them: The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Rabbit Hill. Some of my favorites are All-of-a-Kind Family, The Tale of Despereaux, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Charlotte’s Web, Little House on the Prairie, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, The Cricket in Times Square. I love the last two books so much that I read the other books in the series.
Like most parents, I do not have lots of time to spare. When I pick up a book to read, I want it to be good so that I don’t feel like I wasted my precious time on it. This year, I decided to work on the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program for Grades 7-8. I did not set a deadline for myself, just like I didn’t set a deadline for my kids. I don’t want to stress over reading. I want to read because it’s fun, not because of a self-imposed deadline.
I finished reading The Hobbit. I have seen the movies and they were spectacular. Watching them made me really want to read the book that they were based on. So, I was really glad to find out that it’s in the 7-8 category. If it’s in the Mensa reading list, then it must be good. And the book was indeed very good. It was better than the movies.
I’m going to try to write about my reading journey. I can’t wait to read the next one in the list.