Story Hour

A friend and I saw one of our childhood heroes the other day: Judy Blume. She’s touring the country for her new novel, In the Unlikely Event.

I haven’t read any of her books in decades, but when I heard that she was coming to my neighborhood bookstore, I had. to. go.

I remembered loving her books: Freckle Juice, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge. I have a vivid two-second-long memory of checking out Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret at my school library.

Judy was witty and charming, and now I have a desire to reread some of her books. I don’t remember reading Forever and apparently I have been missing out all of these years.

Thinking about her books has reminded me of how much I loved to read when I was young. I remember reading 50+ books in one summer. Favorites that I remember: Little House on the Prairie series, Chronicles of Narnia Series, anything by Judy Blume, anything by Beverly Cleary, Anne of Green Gables series, Betsy-Tacy series, Baby-sitters Club series, Amelia Bedelia series, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl…

Over the years, I’ve found less and less time to read. But I still love buying books and subscribing to magazines.

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This is the current state of my main bookshelf and magazine shelf = overflowing. So I’ve decided to schedule an “adult story hour” a few times per week. I spend way too much time in front of a computer.

How much time do you set aside for reading each week?

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