How We Incorporate Reading To Our Everyday Routine

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I love to read. Finding time to read is something else entirely, but it all comes down to I simply love to read. This love for reading is something I would love to be able to pass on to my children.

At the moment, I feel I’m doing a decent job because my daughter would always want “one more story” right after I’ve read her our allotted number of books before bed time. She would also ask for a story every night before bed. Sometimes it’s a bit of work especially when I’m exhausted but I make sure she gets her stories in 99% of the time.

Now that she’s in pre-school and I’m working 5 days a week, I try to make sure to find time for the two of us to sit down and read. Here are a few ways of how we incorporate reading in to our everyday routine:

  • A book basket. I bought my eldest a book basket a few months ago to make it easier for her to get to her books. Mind you not all of her books fit in to that basket. I bought it so we can rotate her books a few times a month. It’s not a crazy rotation number because we only read a certain number of books per night, but this allows her to get to her books anytime she wants without having to ask for someone’s help.
  • Scheduling reading time before bed. We’ve included reading as part of her bedtime routine. So she knows that after she finishes in the bathroom and gets her pyjamas changed, it’s story time.
  • Reading during quiet time. Sometimes in the afternoon, I turn the tv off when I feel like my daughter has had enough of Treehouse. It’s more of when I’ve had enough of Treehouse, haha! This is when I let her do what she like. She can play with her toys, she can play with her Play-Doh, she can paint, or she can read her books. I don’t force her to read her books during this time if she doesn’t want to because I know by the end of the day we’ll have some reading done.
  • Audiobooks. Audiobooks have been a lifesaver on nights when I’m too exhausted to read aloud. It has also helped me on nights when my daughter wants one more story after reading 5 books.
  • Using screen time to read books. My daughter has an iPad which we got when we opened a bank account for her a few years ago. Most of the apps in that iPad are geared to learning the alphabets, words, numbers, colours and shapes. I have also installed Overdrive and Epic! so we can use her iPad to check out books and read those we have borrowed from the library.
  • Letting her peruse books after bath time. We always have this time after bath time where all we do is sit there and brush the tangles out of her hair. To maximize our reading time, we either listen to audiobooks or have her flip through her books while I brush out her hair.

Those are what we do everyday to incorporate reading in our lives. It is a bit of work especially since she wants to do a lot of other things. I’m hoping what we do now will help nurture her love of reading.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to reading with your kids? Please do tell me in the comments. I am always open to recommendations and/or suggestions.

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Getting Reacquainted With Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

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The whole adventure begins when Digory and Polly find themselves in eccentric Uncle Andrew’s secret study. But when Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into touching the magic ring, she vanishes into the Other World. Digory is aghast, and determines immediately to go in search of her, Not only does he find Polly but together they listened to Aslan’s song as he creates the enchanted world of Narnia, full of sun, trees, flowers, grass and animals.

My first finished book for 2018.

I’m not new to the land of Narnia but all I know of it was from watching The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It was quite interesting learning about how Narnia came to be, and the origin of the wardrobe itself.

My husband bought me the entire series for Christmas so I have a lot of C. S. Lewis ahead of me.

The Magician’s Nephew pretty much revolved around Digory who, in this story, is the magician’s nephew. This is also the first time we ever see of the evil witch, and Aslan.

It was through Digory’s uncle (and his persistence) that he and his friend Polly was able to witness, albeit accidentally, the birth of Narnia. This is one of my favorite parts of the book because of how Lewis illustrated Narnia’s beginning through words. Something came from nothing and that is mesmerizing to me.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book is the test of character Digory had to go through. Given a task and knowing certain aspects of it could help his mother get better, he went ahead and only did what he was supposed to do. He almost deviated and I was rooting for him to stay focused.

It was a great way to get reacquainted again with Narnia after a few years. A few adaptations have been released from this series and I’m looking forward to watching those again after reading the series to see the differences between them.

 

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2018 GOALS: Life, Reading, Blogging and Project Life

2018 GOALS | Life, Reading, Blogging and Project Life
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The beginning of the year marks the time where everyone is writing about their goals and/or resolutions for the year. I lot of the blogs I follow have blog updates regarding their goals for 2018 and here I am doing the same thing. I used to give myself a definite number of resolutions to fulfil but have come to realize that method simply doesn’t work for me at all. This time around, I would be giving myself goals to work on this year to better in certain aspects of my life/self. Here are my goals for 2018:

 

ON LIFE

  • Be a better parent. I want to work on being calmer, more patient, more present and more understanding. I want to be able to look at what my kids will do and be able to tell when to not make a big deal out of it.
  • Be a better wife. I need to learn what my mom does. SHe’s so good at keeping her distance when my dad is upset about something. She knows how not to take it personally and I greatly admire her for that. I seem to get upset when my husband accidentally blows up at me because he’s mad at a video game. I would end up thinking our day is ruined when truthfully he probably just needs to cool off a bit. I also need to learn how to keep my cool when the situation calls for it to keep both of us from turning on each other.

 

ON READING

My reading goal last year was to re-read books I fell in love with to re-kindle my love for reading. I did ok in the first month. All of a sudden I didn’t have the time and a whole lot of books are being turned into movies. And well, my TBR just kept growing.

This year my goal is to simply read. I’m not going to worry about how many books I get to read. Reading challenges will serve as inspiration for when I get in a rut instead of an actual challenge to fulfil.

So yes, this year, all I’m aiming for it to be able to read.

 

ON BLOGGING

I learned two things last month when I participated in Blogmas.

  1. It pays to plan out your posts. I did 12 posts for Blogmas and thank goodness I decided to plan my posts ahead of time. I was able to complete it without struggling to come up with ideas every morning before I go to work. Plus having a list of what I wanted to blog about allowed me to schedule a few at a time so I didn’t need to work on my blog as much during the holidays; and,
  2.  It IS a lot of work. As much I’m not exactly new to blogging, I’m still learning about the ways you can get traffic and exposure to your blog / posts. This means I do things manually. I am aware about services which will do social media sharing for you but I’m not in that place yet where I can afford to spend extra money for it.

This year, I’m hoping I stay on track with scheduling posts. I started using a blogging notebook to get all my ideas in one place, so hopefully that helps.

 

ON PROJECT LIFE

If you haven’t heard of project life, it’s pretty much a much simpler form of scrapbooking as it features pocket pages. That is the main reason I get into it because a blank canvas intimidates me. I can never get a proper page layout on my own so having pockets to insert pictures in are a lifesaver.

My main goal about documenting this year is to give digital scrapbooking a try. Becky Higgins offers an app where in you can make digital scrapbook pages right in your device. I’m still on the fence about it because I know I can pretty much do the same thing using photoshop. All I’m paying for is the convenience of being able to create pages on the go. I’m hoping to make up my mind soon enough.

 

So there it is. These are all of the things I would like to work on in 2018. What about you? What are your goals/resolutions for this year?

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HAUL: Books I Got For Christmas

Over Blogmas, I posted about my bookish wishlist which my husband asked me to give him. It was a hefty list for me given I don’t know if I will have the time to read half of it. My loving husband, however, came through and got me enough which would probably last for quite a while in the next year. Here are the books I got for Christmas:

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – My husband was worried about this already being in my read list that he asked me if I have a list of books I have already read. I didn’t hesitate on showing him my Goodreads profile for him to check. I’ve seen the movies, but I haven’t actually read the books so I’m pretty excited about this.
  • Dante’s The Divine Comedy – This is one I wasn’t expecting to get. I haven’t tried scanning it so I don’t know how the writing will be like. It will take me a while to get through this one but I’m pretty stoked about it.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I have read Cinder and enjoyed it a lot. I love the idea of fairytale retellings with a twist. I have the rest of the series on my TBR list for a while now but between new releases, and book-to-movie adaptations this series just kept on getting pushed back. Hopefully in the coming year, despite the number of adaptations which will be coming out, I would get to finish at least half of the series.

Those are all the books I got for Christmas. My TBR pile is growing so fast I honestly can’t keep up. Haha! Oh well. Here’s to hoping this coming year will allow me to read more amidst the new baby.

Cheers!

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2017 Reading Wrap-Up

2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Reading wrap-ups are something I have never done before. It’s where one lists all the books they’ve read for a period of time. Most of the time I watch reading wrap-ups in YouTube and I marvel at the number of books these booktubers read in a month. I struggle to finish one book in one month’s time so seeing other people finish so many is incredible to me.

Today, I bring you my 2017 reading wrap-up. Here are all the books I have read the past year. It’s not much, but I’m proud I was able to get this much reading between work, chores, and a three-year-old.

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit – (re-read) I have read Tuck Everlasting a few times since I got it. I was first introduced to this through it’s adaptation which I enjoyed as well. I love how this discusses immortality and the importance of simply living your life. We all have those times where we want to live forever and this book pulls us back down to show us if it’s worth it.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – This has been on my radar when it came out. I have read this twice already and I feel it’s going to be on my regular rotations of re-reads. It was an easy read for me and I very much enjoyed it.
  • The Chrysalids by John Wyndham – My husband recommended this to me while we were browsing a used bookstore once. As I have mentioned before, he’s more of a manga person so whenever he recommends picture-less books I usually give it a try. The story was infuriating. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it but I also wanted to throw it across the room to hurt certain characters who pissed me off.
  • Unfiltered by Lily CollinsI very much enjoyed reading Lily Collins’ book. She’s one of the actresses I admire and having a knowledge of what she went through (and still going through)  is refreshing. It gives perspective on the fact that actors/actresses are normal people too.
  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen – I read this in one seating one morning while getting ready for work. I found myself laughing at the humour and honesty of her comic strips.
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – This is one of the most anticipated books this past year and in my opinion, it didn’t disappoint.
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo – This is about a girl and a squirrel who ended up having an unlikely friendship which her mother did not understand. I loved how quick of a read it is, and it provided me with the much needed break from the regular types / genres of books I read.
  • The Hideous Hidden by Sylvia Legris
  • Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado – This is a commissioned short story from my Page Habit October box. It’s about a woman named Ursula who started up a Go Fund Me page to find her sister Olive.
  • The Murders Of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson – I read this around Halloween. I read how this is scary and terrifying, but it’s more mind-boggling. It didn’t scare me as much as I would think, and I get scared easily. I can’t even watch horror movies in the dark.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I told myself this year I wouldn’t let the holiday season pass without reading Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It has been one of the best book related decision I made this year. I don’t know if I will turn it into a personal tradition of reading this every year but it’s something I’ll definitely think about.

Those are the books I’ve read this year. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. I’m just glad I was able to carve out the time to read this year. I’m hoping next year won’t be as hard. 🙂

What are your favourite reads this year?

 

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