Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Father's Day Edition

My husband is an incredible father.  There's so much I could say about all that he does for us, but suffice it to say that I married an amazing guy who does five loads of laundry every single weekend (washing, folding, putting away), makes the kids breakfast every morning (on the weekends too) and deals with the entire morning routine of getting them out of the house, and handles the dropping off and picking up of the kids on most days. This isn't new; he's done the laundry for all of the 20 years we've been together and the stuff with the kids since Day One of their lives. Moreover, he does this through incredible pain - he's had three herniated discs in his neck for nearly six years.

(I know.  I'm practically a kept woman. People wonder how I'm able to blog so much?  That's how. I'm damn lucky, and I know it.)

Anyway, for this Father's Day edition of The Sunday Salon, I give you this little funny reading-related story from this week. 

While we were at the library this week, Betty discovered the graphic novel collection and was delighted to find two of the The Baby-Sitters Club books on that shelf.  When we got home, the GRAPHIC NOVEL label on The Baby-Sitters Club book made The Husband momentarily apoplectic. 

"What the hell is she doing with something about babysitters that's labeled a graphic novel?!" he said. When I showed him what they were, he asked when comic books became graphic novels.  Can't say that I had much of an answer for him.  Still, it was pretty funny.  (Or maybe you just had to be there.)

Having never read any of The Baby-Sitters Club books myself (as Laura from I'm Booking It and I discussed over lunch at the Book Blogger Convention), I was curious to see if they were appropriate for an 8.5 year old so I read this version. Happily, they seem to be OK.  According to Barnes and Noble they have an age range of 9-12, and that's generally what Betty reads.

Speaking of which, Betty's doing really well with her summer reading.  Her goal is to read 200 books this summer.  She's completed 10 this week.  She's also nearly completed the measly summer reading project that is assigned for incoming 3rd graders, which is to read a whopping total of 10 hours for the entire summer. (Yeah, an hour a week ... and they're allowed to take a week off from reading, for VACATION, if you can imagine such a thing.)

In addition to reading The Baby-Sitters Club,  I also finished two other books. While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty was good enough, but I didn't like it as much as her debut novel, The Center of Everything.  

My other finished book this week was Made for Goodness and Why This Makes All the Difference by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.  I had the great opportunity to hear Archbishop Tutu as the keynote speaker during a conference I attended this past April and this book reminded me of how inspiring he was. It weaves together Archbishop Tutu's experiences of living through apartheid and the Bible stories of Adam and Eve as well as the prodigal son in order to provide comfort in the face of life's toughest questions. I'm not a highly religious person, but I liked this book. 

(Completing two books in one week is highly unusual for me unless we're on vacation, which we're not.)

Finally, there is my current read, Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris.  I don't know why it took me this long to read this, but it is absolutely hilarious.  (Ferris is now my new literary crush.) Basically, this is "The Office" in novel form. It's brilliantly written. There are a million characters, it seems, who work at this Chicago ad agency that is the epitome of office dysfunction but the genius of Ferris is that he makes each one of them so memorable - maybe because you know this person, or someone pretty close to that person. And the dialogue! He just nails it, and the result is a spectacular piece of writing that I am enjoying way too much.

Whether you're celebrating Father's Day today with a special father or remembering a special father who may not be here to celebrate (I'm doing both), I hope you're reading something just as great this Sunday.

copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.


Amy said...

I was completely obsessed with the BSC as a young girl! completely and totally! so watch out in introducing those things! ;)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I so enjoyed your salon today, from the books to the family stories.

When I was a kid (I know, a hundred years ago!), we had comic books...not graphic novels. I was amazed to discover these when I was working with teenage foster kids and they gravitated immediately to those shelves.

Well, I've always been a believer in reading, in whatever form it takes! My own kids read and collected Spiderman comics (no graphic novels for their era, either).

Here's my salon:

Trisha said...

Well aren't you a lucky wife! The hubby is wonderful, but he shies away from domestic activities - cooking and cleaning - as violently and consistently as I do. :) We always joke that we need a live in maid or a third spouse.

Frances said...

What a great story about your guy! And so funny that we wrote about Joshua Ferris on the same day. That is one great book you have there so who could blame you that literary crush! Happy reading!

Priya said...

I started reading the BSC books in 1st grade and they were pretty appropriate, so I don't think there will be any problems if Betty wants to read more of the books.

Booksnyc said...

I am interested to read your review of Then We Came To the End - I am listening to Ferris's Unnamed right now and it is AMAZING! definitely makes me want to read his first novel.

Have a great week!

Dani in NC said...

10 hours of reading for the entire summer? Hah! My kids just got out of school on 10 Jun, and one of my daughters is already reading so much that I am considering making two visits a week to the library instead of one. With 98-degree days already, it isn't comfortable to play outside until 8p so the kids will be churning through a lot of books.

Sheila said...

What was really cool for me was that my mom knew the author of The Babysitter's Club and got all of my books autographed by her.