Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

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Was he my home, then, my homecoming? You are my homecoming. When I’m with you and we’re well together, there is nothing more I want. You make me like who I am, who I become when you’re with me, Oliver. If there is any truth in the world, it lies when I’m with you, and if I find the courage to speak my truth to you one day, remind me to light a candle in thanksgiving at every altar in Rome.

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Please be advised that this post contains spoilers. Feel free to read the book or watch the movie first before reading this post. Otherwise, keep on reading. 🙂

I first found out of Call Me By Your Name during the 90th Academy Awards which aired last March. I didn’t think anything of it at first until it won James Ivory an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Call Me By Your Name is about the affair an adolescent boy had with his parents’ guest over the summer. Throughout the book, we follow Elio and Oliver: two individuals who develop a relationship which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

I think Aciman wrote beautifully. I got heartbroken, excited, and at times felt an awkwardness I wouldn’t want to experience in real life. The adaptation, also of the same title, is a good visual representation of the book despite having to fit what was necessary in a 2-hour long movie. My only gripe would be that Call Me By Your Name relied heavily on Elio’s side of the story. We see how he was upon meeting Oliver. We find out the things he enjoys doing; his “place” where he do most of his reading. We also find out having house guests every summer is a regular occurrence in addition to having their house open for friends and family to join them over for supper. We feel what Elio feels. We see everything Elio sees. It would’ve been nice to get a bit of Oliver’s perspective on that summer.

Would I read it again? Yes. Yes, I would.

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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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