Over the summer I got my act together and had my kids in the library’s summer reading program. It was a good thing for them. They are all readers anyways so the challenge wasn’t getting them to read but getting me to the library regularly. Since the program has been over we’ve been going to the library a couple times a week. It’s a good habit to have. I’ll bring one or two kids with me and they’ll pick out some books.
A couple weeks ago Alex went with us and got a book on tape. Is it still called tape even though it’s not on “tape”? Anyways, he’s been listening to them on the way to and from work now so that’s been fun for him. But while he was at the library he spotted the Lord of the Rings movies on the dvd shelf. He grew up loving the books because his mom would read them to her kids and do all the voices. Alex insists Gollum in the movie isn’t doing the voice right. His mom does better. I thinks it sweet that he does.
So we’ve been watching the movies and it has taken over a week of watching some every night. The kids have been into it and watching with us. It would have creeped me out too much as a kid but they’ve all gotten into it and all of them love Samwise Gamgee. They all claim he is the real hero. And I agree.
Hopefully this spurs them to read the books. I’ve read lots of other book series. I read about a book a day or so usually depending on how much time I have. But I’ve never been interested in The Hobbit stuff. I watched the cartoon in the 80’s all the time but I can’t tell you what it was about.
When I was in 6th grade one of my teachers would read The Hobbit to us after lunch. Not the best time to read to kids. Puts them to sleep. And I am partially deaf. It was a bad combination. I missed most the words and was bored and tired. To this day I really prefer not to have books read to me unless I can follow along.
Overall I hope my kids give the books a go but I probably won’t. Sometimes I think when they do such a good job on the movie you don’t need to read the book. Don’t get mad at me for that. They are plenty of books that are waaaay better than their movie counterparts. I won’t get into that now.
But I’m glad we finished that series. Now onto the next one.