Title/Author: The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
Genre: Memoirs, Reading and Books
Published: May 3rd, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover, 279 pages
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the Library
Why I Picked It Up?: I first saw a little blip about this book in a magazine, and I remember cutting out the review and sticking it on my dresser so that I would remember to add it to my list of books to read because it just sounded so magical. =)
Book Jacket Blurb: “When Alice was in fourth grade, she and her father–a beloved elementary school librarian–made a promise to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. Upon reaching their goal, they celebrated over pancakes, but it was clear that neither wanted to let go of what had become their reading ritual. They decided to continue what they came to call “The Streak” for as long as they possibly could.
From L. Frank Baum to Dickens to J.K. Rowling to Shakespeare, Alice’s father read to her every night without fail until the day she entered college, a remarkable eight years later. in this deeply affecting memoir, Alice tells the story of her relationship with the extraordinary man who raised her–from his steadying hand on the back of her wobbly bike to his one-man crusade to keep reading in schools–through a series of deftly wirtten, often hilarious vignettes about the words they shared and the spaces in between. In her debut work, Alice poignantly celebrates the unbreakable parent-child bond, the books she and her father treasured, and the life lessons learned along the way.”
First of all, I just have to mention this cover, which is absolutely beautiful and completely represents the story that unfolds within the book’s pages. Stunning, captivating, and mouth-watering for a book-lover such as I.
As this is a memoir, I have chosen to “reflect” rather than “review” simply because this book has really hit home with me personally and given me oh so many ideas and thoughts and feelings. Gah, I just love a book like this. With that said, here we go!
I have to say, the idea of a continuous reading streak is one that is so incredibly appealing to me, because reading is such a powerful thing, especially between a parent and a child. Even though children are not anywhere close to being in the picture for me yet, I am reading this memoir and thinking about all of the adventures my husband and I can take with our children during reading time at night. I am already making lists in my mind of the books I want to share with my children.
Alice and her father James started with a 100-night streak. When they hit that mark, they went out and celebrated at the local breakfast cafe, and tried to explain to the owner what a feat they had just accomplished. And when they announced their new goal–1,000 nights in a row–the owner smiled and wished them luck, but he did not know or understand exactly what that goal meant. 1000 nights in a row of reading aloud. 1000?! That’s almost three straight years! What a beautiful and magical goal they set for themselves.
That is what the reading promise is all about. A promise to keep reading, no matter what. A promise to share your love of reading with others, no matter what. A promise to read to your children, and with your children, no matter what. A promise to support the love of reading in your community, no matter what.
My Bookshelf Rating:
A Fourth Shelf Book!
The rating itself would be more of a 4.5. This book is beautiful, and quirky, and enjoyable. It is for those who love books and love reading. It teaches and inspires readers to take a part in the Reading Promise and spread a love of reading with those people who surround them. Go and read it, now. You won’t regret it. =)
Love and super long reading lists,